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Student Friendly LA

January 09, 2019

We get it – as a student you want to travel, but traveling can cost a lot of money. That’s where we come in. We offer some of the lowest rates in the LA area, while still being close to the action (we’re just steps away from Ventura Blvd). We’re also here to give you some of the least expensive/student friendly activities in the area.

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LACMA is a favorite among Californians for day trips. Not only does it exhibit world famous artists like Jeff Koons and Noah Purifoy, but it’s also a favorite among bloggers for #ootd shots. Stop by the entrance to take in Chris Burden’s iconic Urban Lights sculpture and to grab tickets. For CA residents, a ticket to LACMA costs $20, but LACMA offers a special discount for students in CA – just $16. Once you finish up with LACMA, take a walk along Wilshire Blvd. to take in LA’s famous Miracle Mile.

band playing in China Town

Photo Credit: Twenty One Pilots

Los Angeles is home to a multitude of ethnic neighborhoods serving up authentic cuisine and giving tourists a peek into their cultures. Chinatown, Olvera Street, and Little Tokyo are all located in DTLA within walking distance of each other. They’re great spots for shopping, dining, and inexpensive entertainment like jazz clubs in Chinatown and purikura (Japanese photo booths) in Little Tokyo.

family holding snake at hollywood walk of famePhoto Credit: Time Magazine

A must for all tourists would be Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Here you can check out all of the stars who’ve made an impact on entertainment and got themselves a coveted star. Located nearby are many other famous sites like Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre (where America’s Got Talent is filmed!), and more.

woman smiling at pierPhoto Credit: Yi Shuen Lim (@yish21uen)

For the best views of the Pacific and great shopping, head over to Santa Monica. You can start the day walking around Third Street Promenade, grab lunch at one of the many cute cafes, and then head over to Santa Monica Pier for rides, photos, and gorgeous views of the ocean. We recommend Bobarrito for fun drinks and to try SoCal’s latest food trend – the sushirrito, a burrito with sushi fillings like fresh seafood and avocado. If you’re looking to splurge, head to Uovo for finely crafted pasta imported from their kitchen in Bologna, Italy.

huge dinosaur fossils in museum

Photo Credit: Natural History Museum

Exposition Park is home to some of LA’s best museums – Natural History Museum, California Science Center, and the California African American Museum. The best part about these museums is that they all offer student discounts. After visiting the museums, you can walk around their famous rose garden, which has been used for filming movies and music videos like 3OH!3’s music video for STARSTRUKK with Katy Perry.

art museum with large baloon dog

Photo Credit: Broad Foundation

Last but certainly not least on our list of student friendly spots to visit is LA’s foremost modern art museum, The Broad. The Broad is home to some of the most famous artists alive today from Takashi Murakami to Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama. The best part about The Broad is that it’s completely free. We recommend booking a ticket in advance so that you can skip the line, but it’s not mandatory.