UCLA Parents Weekend: A Tale of 19P

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Hey bud, friend. How are you doing? Yeah, no, they won’t be coming; they’re on vacation in the Bahamas right now, yes. So your parents aren’t coming to parents weekend. How can that be possible? It’s called parent’s weekend for a reason, we protest. But, unfortunately, you won’t be able to show off your new roommate who speaks four languages and plays guitar. And no, you won’t be able to complain about your other roommate who leaves the light on and never remembers to clean up after her take out. But that’s okay because you have swipes.

You’re probably thinking. What? Why does that matter? Here’s why it matters: I’m here for you. No, really. I’m a 3rd year, and I’m practically 20, and I’ve been through 3 parents’ weekends. This will be the first parents’ weekend I don’t pound butter beers and stagger tearfully around bruinwalk to a slow guitar in the night. I’m here to listen to your problems, if you swipe me. Just kidding.

In all seriousness, one of the greatest upsides of being a freshman or sophomore or just a person living on the hill is the convenient access you have to meals, which is a luxury those in the apartments quite literally drool for. And though your parents won’t be here to indulge in the dining halls with you, just remember: at least you have 19p.

Top 5 Residential Halls

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So you’re a freshman and you are trying to figure out the best places to live… and you have no idea. Luckily for you, OTH has spent many years on the hill, so we know the greatest places to live.

1. Sproul Hall – Its proximity to all of the dining halls, restaurants, and campus make it an ideal location, in our personal opinion. More than 1,000 students live in this hall, so you can be assured that you will never feel lonely.

2. Sproul Landing/Cove – Pro Tip: These are the newest buildings on the hill. If you’re a suckler for great facilities, look no further. Just like Sproul Hall, it is ideally located near the dining halls, restaurants and the mailroom. We put it as second place because there are less freshmen on this building. Not that this is a bad thing, but we figured it’ll be more fun to hang around with fellow freshmen!

3. Dykstra Hall – Dykstra Hall is the first residential hall at UCLA. Ever. But fret not, Dykstra is also very new. It was renovated last year and so now it is all swanky and awesome. It is the closest residential hall to campus, but further from the dining halls, so pick your poison. More walking or more food?

4. Holly/Gardenia – Like Sproul Cove/Landing, they are pretty new too. Legend has it that if you live on the highest floor, you can see the ocean on a clear day. Mmm. Even though slow elevators hamper their appeal, these buildings are also in great condition, making them an excellent option.

5. Anything on Rieber – Easy access to the coffee machine with numerous flavors and a 24 hour printing lab make for a good place to live. Rieber residents were recently granted excellent access to some of The Hill’s guilty pleasures, ie. boba and De Neve Late Night. You will realize that you will have to climb the never-ending Rieber staircase on the way back everyday, but you will also thank the stairs for burning the fats from all those late night snacking.

There you have it. It might be a difficult choice, but rest assured EVERYTHING on the hill is awesome and you will love where you live anyway. We hope you will find your ideal residential hall!

by Jerry Cheung