Six things to do while staying at the UCLA Guest House

UCLA's 7-acre botanical garden was started as an academic laboratory shortly after the campus opened in 1929 UCLA’s 7-acre botanical garden was started as an academic laboratory shortly after the campus opened in 1929

For nearly 40 years, the UCLA Guest House has been a home away from home for campus visitors, with many returning for its quaint and quiet atmosphere, friendly service and complimentary breakfast. Seasoned Guest House guests know there are endless reasons to stay at UCLA’s original campus hotel. Here are just a few.

Explore the foliage

UCLA’s campus is alive with a stunning array of colors. The tree-lined walkways display vibrant shades of red, orange and crimson and create a picturesque landscape. The Guest House is also just a short distance from the much-loved Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, home to hundreds of species of trees and plants. To enhance your experience, download the iNaturalist app to quickly identify and learn about the flora and fauna you encounter. 

Enjoy a movie at the James Bridges Theater

The best thing about seeing a movie at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater is its intimate and cutting-edge cinematic experience. Located in the northeast corner of campus, the 278-seat theater boasts state-of-the-art technology and comfortable seating, immersing viewers in the film experience. Its connection to the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television ensures a curated selection of films, often including exclusive screenings and discussions with industry experts. Tickets are available at the UCLA Central Ticket Office. 

Visit the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is a captivating fusion of art and nature. Located just north of the Guest House, this oasis offers a serene escape from the bustling city. It is carefully curated collection of sculptures harmoniously interacts with the lush greenery, creating a dynamic outdoor gallery. Each sculpture tells a unique story, inviting contemplation and dialogue. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply seeking tranquility, this space offers a harmonious and enriching experience that celebrates the intersection of creativity and the natural world.

Attend a free lecture 

UCLA hosts a variety of public lectures, seminars and book talks during the academic year. These events cover a wide range of topics, including artsinternational issuesscience and social sciences, to name a few. Renowned scholars, guest speakers and experts frequently share their insights and research with the UCLA community and the public. 

Buy tickets for locaql events, attractions

Stop by the UCLA Central Ticket Office Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to buy tickets to campus events, including concerts, theater performances and cultural gatherings; UCLA Bruin sporting events, including football, soccer, volleyball and gymnastics, among others; discounted tickets to various events and attractions in the Los Angeles area; and local transit passes to get you around the city. 

Eat at Plateia

Delight in a diverse Mediterranean-inspired menu that features the best seasonal, locally grown ingredients. Beyond delicious food, Plateia, located across campus in the Luskin Conference Center and Hotel, provides a welcoming atmosphere and supports ethical and sustainable dining practices. While there, be sure to pick up a copy of Plateia: the Cookbook and explore the extensive art collection located on the first two levels of the building.  For reservations, call 310- 794-3563 or visit OpenTable. You may also contact the Guest House front desk for assistance with securing a table at Plateia.