Today the campus includes 163 buildings across 1.7 km² in the western part of Los Angeles, north of the Westwood shopping district and just south of Sunset Boulevard. In terms of acreage, it is the second smallest of the ten UC campuses. The campus is close but not adjacent to the 405 San Diego Freeway.
The campus is in the residential area of Westwood and bordered by Bel-Air to the north, Beverly Hills to the east, and Brentwood to the west. The campus is informally divided into North Campus and South Campus, which are both on the eastern half of the university's land. North Campus is the original campus core.
North Campus is home to the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, and business programs and is centered around ficus and sycamore-lined Dickson Court, also known as the "Sunken Garden". South Campus is home to the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, mathematical sciences, health-related fields, and the UCLA Medical Center. The campus includes sculpture gardens, fountains, museums, and a mix of architectural styles.
UCLA has various store locations, with the main store in Ackerman Union and smaller stores around campus.
Students can join any of the more than 800 student organizations, including 60 or so Greek chapters, which represent about 13 percent of the student body. The university has a number of student media groups including a newspaper, magazine, and radio and TV stations.
The campus is located near prominent entertainment venues such as the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall. UCLA offers classical orchestras, intramural sports.
Students and staff participate in dinghy sailing, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, and kayaking at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey.
There are also a variety of cultural organizations on campus; each of them has their own annual "culture night" consisting of drama and dance which raises awareness of culture and history to the campus and community.
UCLA currently offers three years guaranteed housing to freshmen and one year to incoming transfer students. There are four type of housing: residential halls, deluxe residential halls, residential plazas and residential suites. Most undergraduate students are housed in 14 complexes on the western side of campus referred to by students as "The Hill".
There are study rooms, basketball courts, tennis courts and Sunset Recreational Center which includes three swimming pools available on the Hill.
Housing plans also give students access to dining facilities which have been ranked by the Princeton Review as some of the best in the United States. There are also dining halls and cafes near dormitories.
Students who are involved in Greek life have the option to live in Greek housing at UCLA. Sorority houses are located at east of campus, on Hilgard Avenue, and fraternity houses are located at the west of campus throughout Westwood Village. A student usually lives with 50+ others in Greek housing.
UCLA Career Center located on campus helps students in their job & internship search, organizes workshops, on-campus recruitment and career fairs.