Tips for Transfer Students

tips for new transfer students

Are you a brand new Bruin Transfer? Are you beyond excited to start your UCLA experience? We can’t wait for fall quarter to start, so here are a few helpful tips for all you transfers starting this year!

1. Live on campus: Why? Because our residence halls are the best, of course! But if that doesn’t convince you, also remember that there are transfer themed residence halls, where you can meet other transfers and bond over your transferness! Also, our dining halls don’t serve just your average “dorm” food. I mean seriously, how could you pass up Bruin Plate?

2. If you have already committed to living off campus, get an off campus meal plan: Just because you live off campus doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy the many dining options UCLA has to offer! Especially if you have never cooked for yourself before, you’ll be thanking me when you’re not eating instant ramen and Kraft Mac and Cheese every night (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

3. Go to the Student Activities Fair: This is the biggest congregation of clubs on campus that UCLA sees every year. People are basically begging for you to become their friend. So as a transfer student in a new place where you probably don’t know anyone, why not?

4. Find a part time job: If on campus clubs aren’t really your thing, try finding an on campus job! Part time jobs are a great way to meet new people, especially if you’re living off campus. Plus, most of UCLA’s student employment is conscious of your busy schedule, so the hours are really flexible! Check out job openings at the ASUCLA website, or our ORL website! And when in doubt, google it.

We hope this helps alleviate some of the anxiety you may have about starting your life at UCLA. But as a transfer student, I can say with confidence that this school has the best dining hall food ever. So at least you don’t have to be nervous about that.

by Laurie Goodman

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