UCLA offers four complexes for students with families. Whether you are a married or partnered student (with or without children) or a single parent, UCLA offers you several options for comfortable, convenient, and affordable housing. The following four university apartments are available to student families:
University Village: This complex was built exclusively for student families, meaning married or partnered couples with or without children, and single parents with children residing with them at least 50% of the time. University Village (UV) is 3.5 miles away from UCLA. Bus lines are nearby and $.50 for UCLA students.
Keystone/Mentone; Venice-Barry; Rose Avenue: Mixed Use Housing Facilities: Student families may also reside in these complexes, although these are not built especially for family living.
All UCLA housing complexes available for parenting students are located in the Palms and Mar Vista area, ranging about 3 – 5 miles away from UCLA. Family housing is in high demand, it is therefore in your best interest to apply early should you desire to be considered for housing. For new students, the application deadline is usually at the beginning of June (please check with UCLA Housing for updated deadlines). The non-refundable application fee is $30.00. Please note that a $500 deposit will be required upon your acceptance of your housing offer (usually within 2-3 days). Should you need assistance arranging the deposit, please contact the Students with Dependents program at (310) 794-1823 immediately after receiving your housing offer.
Information from the CAE’s webpage for pregnant and parenting students:
A normal pregnancy generally doesn’t qualify as a disability under the ADA, although disabling conditions associated with pregnancy (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia) would qualify if they substantially limit one or more major life activity. Pregnant and/or parenting students who have general questions about their rights under Title IX should contact the Title IX office.
Although a normal pregnancy doesn’t qualify as a disability under ADA, the CAE provides academic accommodations for pregnant, parenting, and lactating students. Common accommodations available to pregnant, parenting, and lactating students include:
Adjusted attendance requirements
Adjusted assignment deadlines
Exam accommodations (separate test environment, time compensated breaks)
Access to lactation spaces on campus
If you are an expecting, parenting, or lactating student and you need academic accommodations, please apply for Accommodations here.During the interactive process, a CAE Disability Specialist can work with the student to devise an accommodations plan tailored to each student’s unique needs. It should also be noted that parenting student rights also extend to male students.
If you are unsure of whether your questions or issues should be addressed by the CAE or the Title IX office, please feel free to give us a call. The CAE works closely with the Title IX office to ensure that you have access to the information and accommodations you need. If you are experiencing a web accessibility issue, please contact the ADA/504 Office for further assistance by emailing email@example.com or calling (310) 206-8049.
If you are a student and would like to file a disability-based discrimination grievance, please see UCLA Procedure 230.2: Student Grievances Regarding Violations of Anti-Discrimination Laws or University Policies on Discrimination Based on Disability.
Refer to the Resources and Policies for Breastfeeding at UCLA guide for information about:
Your rights as a pregnant and/or parenting student at UCLA under Title IX
Map of Lactation Spaces at UCLA: Access the lactation room layer on the interactive UCLA campus map here
UCLA Resources and Student Organizations
UCLA Lactation Educators, with support for enrolled students and their partners
If you are thinking about taking leave, consult with the Students with Dependents Program Staff and/or the Insurance Office on the 4th Floor of the Ashe Center to clarify how the timing of leave may affect your health insurance.
Specialist can work with the student to devise an accommodations plan tailored to each student’s unique needs. Please note; parenting student rights also extend to male students.
The Students with Dependents program works closely with the UCLA Graduate Division’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Case Manager, Armando Flores.
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Case Manager
UCLA Graduate Division (310) 206-1158
Graduate Student Resource Center
The UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center is a resource and referral center specifically for currently-enrolled graduate and professional school students. In conjunction with the Graduate Students Association, it plans the campus wide Graduate Student Orientation and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Graduate Welcome Day events for incoming graduate and professional school students. It is also the home of the Graduate Writing Center, which offers specialized support, workshops and one-on-one writing appointments for any writing related to your field of study.
Location: B-11 Student Activities Center gsrc.ucla.edu
YOU HAVE RIGHTS
As graduate and professional school students, you may be both a student and a UCLA staff member. Different policies may apply to you depending on these roles, and/or even how you are funded. If you are expecting, discuss policies and procedures for childbirth, leave and/or accommodations with the student affairs officer/graduate counselor from your academic department or school. The staff at the Bruin Resource Center’s Students with Dependents program will assist in outlining you
If you are experiencing discrimination or any type of stressor affecting your ability to academically perform as a pregnant, lactating, or parenting graduate student, talk with the Students with Dependents program staff. Speaking with the Students with Dependents Program staff will minimize time and aggravation; they are able to give you specific referrals to offices and staff that may assist with your particular situation or issue.
Depending on your particular situation, and how you are funded, and the kind of work you are doing, you may have additional rights and/or resources available to you through:
UCLA Title IX Office
Center for Accessible Education
ADA/504 Compliance Office
UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Campus Human Resources Staff Diversity and Compliance
UC Student Workers Union
Graduate childbirth accommodation and Childbirth leave
From the Graduate Division’s website: Six weeks of maternity leave funding are automatically granted for expectant mothers holding UCLA Fellowships, Graduate Division Endowed Fellowships or fellowships offered by academic departments and centers at UCLA. (Refer to the Graduate Student Financial Support booklet for lists of these fellowships.) Also, a student holding a TAship is eligible to receive up to six (6) weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions for the period prior to, during and after childbirth (refer to Article 17 Leaves of the University of California and the UAW contract). You do not need to apply for Childbirth Accommodation Funding if you have an appointment as a Teaching Assistant nor if you have these types of fellowships.
The UCLA Childbirth Accommodation Fund was established to provide expectant mothers who work as GSRs (Graduate Student Researcher), or who hold extramural fellowships that do not fund maternity leave, with paid leave for up to six weeks. A student may choose to continue to work in some modified capacity during these six weeks but is not required to do so. A longer period of leave may be granted, without pay, in the case of exceptional medical circumstances experienced by the mother or child before or after birth.
Research doctoral students who are undergoing childbirth or coping with other serious parenting demands are allowed additional time to meet established deadlines for passing preliminary and/or qualifying examinations and completing their dissertations. See page 23 of Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA for more details.
Please visit this page on the Graduate Division’s website for more information, FAQs, and for the petition forms.
Consult with Students with Dependents Program Staff, the Graduate Division’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Case Manager, and/or the Insurance Office on the 4th Floor of the Ashe Center to make sure that you understand how the timing of your leave may affect your health insurance. Consult with them ahead of time so you can make an informed decision and avoid a break in health insurance.
Graduate childcare Reimbursement Program
This program is for registered UCLA students holding at least a 25% ASE (Academic Student Employee—includes teaching assistants, readers and tutors) and/or GSR (Graduate Student Researcher) appointment during the academic year and who have (a) qualified dependent(s). An ASE/GSR who meets the standard eligibility requirements will be offered a reimbursement of up to $900 per quarter or $1,350 per semester for childcare costs during the academic year. Additionally, an ASE/GSR who meets the standard eligibility criteria for a summer session appointment can be reimbursed up to $900 for eligible expenses incurred during the summer.
The $900 limit applies regardless of the number of summer terms an ASE/GSR may work in a calendar year. To be eligible for reimbursement during the summer term, the ASE/GSR must also be a registered student in the regular academic terms preceding and following the summer session appointment.
Please visit the Graduate Division’s website for forms, FAQs and the reimbursement process. Please note that this program is not available to those holding a fellowship—it is available only to those who have at least a 25% appointment as an ASE/GSR.
There are many options for academic counseling at UCLA depending on your needs.
College Academic Counseling: CAC is the place to go for general questions regarding requirements for graduation, any academic difficulty you may be experiencing, and program planning such as double majoring or taking on a minor.
UCLA Departmental Counselors: Each department at UCLA has its very own counselors to help students with their upper division requirements working towards a degree. If you have questions regarding major/minor requirements, courses for your major/minor, professors in your major/minor, or anything having to do with your major/minor, you would go see your departmental advisor. Click on the link to find your department's website.
Honors Counselors: In order to see an Honors Counselor, a student must be accepted in the College Honors Program. To find out if you qualify, click on the link above.
The Academic Advancement Program known on the UCLA campus as AAP, is the nation’s largest university-based student diversity program for undergraduate students. AAP promotes academic achievement and excellence through academic advising, collaborative learning workshops, mentoring to prepare for graduate studies and professional schools, summer bridge programs for entering freshmen and transfer students, and scholarships for our students. Many students in AAP come from high-need families, are the first in their families to go to college, are recent immigrants, or come from populations that have been historically underrepresented at the university. Many UCLA parenting students participate in AAP, since they are one of the main offices besides the BRC that can assist students with completing CalWORKS/GAIN paperwork.
If you are an AAP Member, join their Facebook Group.
Student Athletics Counselors: The S.U.C.C.E.S.S Program provides an interactive learning environment that emphasizes life-long learning habits, goal setting, teamwork, leadership, and character. Academic advising as well as a Peer Learning Lab are only available to UCLA student athletes.
Academic advising is predominantly provided through your academic department. Per your admission, you should be contacted by your Graduate Student Affairs Officer. Your Student Affairs Officer is your go to person for all questions related to policies and procedures regarding your academic programming. Within your department, you may also work closely with a Faculty Adviser.
A complete list of tutoring resources available for a variety of subjects can be found through UCLA College of Letters and Sciences.
For more tutoring options, contact your Departmental Advisor/Student Affairs Officer. Advisors are usually listed under "Contacts" or "Staff".
There are many options for academic support in Residential Life such as College Academic Mentors, Classes on the Hill, and the Undergraduate Writing Center locations on the hill.
If you qualify for AAP, you have access to peer mentoring service which offers free tutoring to all AAP members who want to strengthen their abilities to think independently, read analytically, write well, reason quantitatively, and study effectively.
The Student Retention Center in the Community Programs Office offers peer counseling, mentorship, and tutoring to undergraduates with academic difficulties and cultural/social transitions.
The Undergraduate Writing Center helps students with particular writing assignments and also guides students to become more effective and confident writers.
The Community Programs Office's Writing Success Program provides one-on-one writing counseling with peer support, quarterly workshops on writing, and daily drop-in hours.
Graduate Resource Center
The UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center is a Graduate Students Association initiative that is managed by Student Affairs. The GSRC is a resource, referral, and information center for graduate students, offering programs and workshops on a variety of topics, drop-in advice and assistance, meeting and study space, and the opportunity for social interaction. The GSRC is also the home of the new Graduate Writing Center. All graduate and professional students are welcome.
Make sure to join their email list to stay up-to-date on GSRC events and programs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow them on Facebook
They are located in B11 of the Student Activities Center. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Writing Center
The Undergraduate Writing Center provides individualized consultations on writing.
They offer support at any point in the writing process: when students are starting a writing assignment; after they have written a draft or part of a draft; after they have gotten feedback from a professor or TA and want to begin revising; as they are polishing a paper and want help in learning how to proofread and edit their own writing.
Graduate Writing Center
The Graduate Writing Center offers a variety of workshops and programs throughout the year. They offer targeted programming for dissertation and theses support. During the summer, they offer dissertation "boot camps" for graduate students working on dissertation proposals and dissertations. For master thesis writers, they offer the mater's thesis writing program.
Sign up for free appointments available with graduate writing consultants. Appointments give you 50 minutes to talk with a graduate writing consultant on a variety of topics. Appointments are limited to one appointment per week, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may schedule an appointment up to two weeks in advance.
There are eleven libraries available for students and each offer a variety of resources and services.
The libraries have many different tools to help students succeed, from research tutorials, to book reserves from other campuses, to one-on-one appointments with librarians, and reserved study spaces, these are a terrific resource to utilize. Some libraries have 24-hour study space.
The UCLA Library website alone provides a priceless resource for students. Also offered through the Library are workshops and tutorials regarding how to formulate a research question, conducting thorough database searches, techniques of research writing, proper citing, and more.
UCLA students usually do not purchase books until they have fully checked out a class and have gotten a grasp on how much of a book they will actually be needing. This may help in deciding which books you will actually need to buy and which ones you can borrow from a classmate or make copies of for a chapter or two.
Lastly, if you find that finances are impacting your well-being, we can set up a financial wellness budgeting session with me once you get to campus. Check out our program's new website here for more resources: www.financialwellness.ucla.edu
1. USAC offers a textbook scholarship that UCLA students can apply for. Check back here for details on when you can begin to apply once the school year starts: https://www.facebook.com/fscdreamteam
2. The ASUCLA bookstore offers price match for most books and textbook rental services here: https://shop.uclastore.com/c-328-ways-to-save.aspx
3. Many students also use www.amazon.com to both rent or buy textbooks at a very low/affordable cost
4. Check out www.chegg.com as another great used textbook/rental service that students here find helpful and low-cost
5. Many students also loan books through our UC campus libraries for FREE! check out the service here: http://www.library.ucla.edu/use/borrow-renew-return/interlibrary-loan-document-delivery/interlibrary-loan-ill