Oxy sits in northeast Los Angeles, on the border between Eagle Rock and Highland Park, two neighborhoods that reflect the eclectic nature of Los Angeles. Critically acclaimed restaurants, cozy coffeehouses and vintage boutiques share the boulevards with Mom-and-Pop markets and no-nonsense boxing gyms.
To the north of campus, Eagle Rock—named after the huge dome of sandstone that looms over the 134 Freeway—is home to the annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, L.A.’s largest independent music festival. Check out the glow-in-the-dark bowling at All Star Lanes, or a yoga class at Mockingbird Yoga.
To the south is Highland Park, which LA Weekly deemed the greatest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Take a stroll down the main drag, York Boulevard, and you’ll know why. Enjoy Scoops ice cream (we recommend salted chocolate) while sitting on a bench in the newly created parklet, or browse the unique furniture, clothing and music stores. On the second Saturday of each month Angelenos from around the city converge on Highland Park for the NELA Artwalk, which is a great opportunity to get to know local artists and galleries.
While they are often the quickest way to get from point A to point B, you’ll experience the city in a dramatically different way if you explore its neighborhoods on two feet or two wheels.
There’s a lot within walking distance of campus, including the burgeoning scene on nearby York Boulevard. Check out one of our Zipcars parked right here on campus. Take one of the student-run Bengal Buses to run errands. Join the growing community of bike riders who rely on the BikeCage for repairs and camaraderie. You can even borrow a bike, which will come in handy as L.A. expands its bike lanes to nearby Colorado Boulevard.
Or plug into public transportation. The DASH bus can get you to and from the Gold Line, the light rail system that connects Pasadena with downtown L.A., the San Fernando Valley, Culver City and Long Beach. Metro buses on Eagle Rock and York boulevards can also get you there.