UCLA vs. Berkeley: Social Life

<p>I was admitted to both schools. I was wondering if people can comment about the differences in social life (including greek life, dorming, personalities, etc) between UCLA and Berkeley.</p>


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<p>^^I saw those when I was a freshman in high school. I think they're outdated...</p>

<p>Well they give you a pretty good idea.</p>

<p>I'd like to see more info on this :D</p>

<p>Bump. Any response would be appreciated! :)</p>

<p>Is it true that people at UCLA have more of a social life than at Berkeley? That doesn't make sense to me, since UCLA is on quarter system, so wouldn't students be constantly working?</p>

<p>Students on the quarter system take fewer classes per session, generally, than those on the semester system.</p>

<p>there's a wealth of topics on this already. just search in each school's respective forum.</p>

<p>Full-time student at quarter system = 15 units = 3 classes
Full-time student at semester system = 12 units = 4 classes</p>

<p>Can't say much about social life at UCLA, but I just graduated from Cal and found it to be awesome. Frats and sororities are very much alive ..there is always something happening. Dorms allow you to make great friends (I met my best friend while in the dorms)... At the end of the day, it's all about you ...your personality and how much time you want to spend "socializing" ...there will always be people you click with and those that you don't. Transferring to Cal gave me the best two years of my life ...and a career!</p>

<p>that's great, vrlobo!</p>

<p>"Full-time student at quarter system = 15 units = 3 classes"</p>

<p>Most classes are 4 units , and most people tend to take 4 classes, 16 units.
Also, full time students at the quarter system require at least 12 units a quarter , but 45 by the end of the year.</p>

<p>For the semester system , there are quite a bit of 4 unit upper div courses , of course that depends on your major.
So 12 units could really be 3 courses , esp those taking science-related courses.</p>

<p>If you want the best social life, UCSB</p>

<p>I think the social scene in LA beats Berk hands down. There's so much more to do in LA -- beaches, shopping, nightlife, LALive, sports, concerts, restaurants, etc.
But as most people mentioned, it all comes down to you. If you are open-minded and put yourself out there, I'm sure you will have a fantastic social experience at either school.</p>

<p>Do parties happen in Berkeley? Do people like to drink socially there? Or is everyone just a nerd? I dgaf about frat parties...I'm just talking about the average bear.</p>

<p>^ omg lol.....i thought you were a Bruin?</p>

<p>The city of LA has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife but you do need a car to enjoy all these things. Getting a parking permit at UCLA is pretty hard to do and you'll realize when you get there that most students don't have one. As for campus fun, the frats are good but you can't get in unless you're a girl or personally know one of the brothers. I'd suggest going around during rush week to meet as many as you can so maybe you could get in later.</p>

<p>Berkeley has a frat row. UCLA doesn't.
Berkeley has a football stadium on-campus. UCLA doesn't.</p>

<p>I'm sure they both have great parties.</p>

<p>Both are near great cities (LA and SF), and ironically, they're rivals! lol. The way I see it, both have excellent social scenes, but (IMO) I'd go with Berkeley since I love SF and the surrounding areas.</p>

<p>UCLA, definitely. </p>

<p>SF doesn't have nearly as many things to do. There's hardly any decent clubs (they have nicknames, hahaha) here, my friends and I would have to go to different cities around SF to find a good club...and it's just that, good. </p>

<p>But I agree on the car thing, for both places of course.</p>

<p>Emil, there's a few problems with your argument.</p>

<p>UCLA is in a prime part of LA. Berkeley is not actually in SF. (It's actually about twenty minutes away.) UCLA's football stadium is one of the most legendary stadiums in the history of college football. Most parking at the Rose Bowl is on a golf course, so tailgating makes every game feel like a huge festival. Buses take students to the Rose Bowl for free on game day. 'Berkeley has a frat row. UCLA doesn't' - I think you're splitting hairs with this one. At UCLA, if you live on campus or in the surrounding area, you can literally walk to anything - bars, restaurants, In N Out (it gets its own category lol), movie theater, grocery stores, etc.</p>

<p>Anyway...we'll see you on 10/09/10 at CAL, Emil.</p>

<p>Go Bruins! ;)</p>