We all know the feeling of being in the middle of class and needing to use the restroom. Or maybe being on campus can ruffle your feathers a bit, so you’re looking for a place to collect and refresh yourself. Not all restrooms are created equally; some facilities may be a little questionable, some may just not be the right aesthetic for you to check yourself out (lighting is important!), and some may not feel private enough for you to carry out your business. Below is a compilation of the top five restrooms on campus, all ranked by accessibility, privacy and ambience.
Dodd Hall — Basement
Located on the northeastern edge of campus, Dodd Hall houses the best bathroom in terms of privacy and aesthetics. A quick walk down the stairs and you’ll find flattering lighting and stalls wide enough to have some privacy. The basement level of the building remains somewhat inactive, but you’ll occasionally find one or two people after class. Though a notable distance from any reference point on campus, it’s well worth the walk.
Carnesale Commons — Any floor
Carnesale Commons is located right at the edge of both the Hill and campus, making it a great stop for those heading out to or coming back from campus. The bathroom itself features a nice sink mirror with great lighting, a decorative wall and a plant. While the stalls are a bit small, the activity levels on all floors are relatively low throughout the day. It is accessible by anyone and can also serve as a sweet cheat, as it provides students with an elevator to skip a good part of the walk up the Hill.
Kaplan Hall — Third floor
At the center of campus, Kaplan Hall’s third floor bathroom is extremely private, featuring an entirely separate door for the toilet. While the bathroom is relatively small, it is very inactive, so you’ll have almost no issue finding some alone time when you need it. Another plus is that it features a full-body mirror. Where it misses the mark, however, is its lack of ambient lighting, and you’ll have to settle for dim overhead lights.
Public Affairs Building — First through third floors
The Luskin School of Public Affairs building is one of the northeastern buildings on the corner of campus, and its restrooms are some of the most useful. From the first to third floor, each restroom is identical with crisp lighting, big sink mirrors and multiple large stalls. Peak activity occurs on the first and second floors during the day, but even then, the stalls are relatively inactive. The third floor is the least active and is worth the climb up if you really need privacy. If you’re carrying bulky items with you, it’s good to know that the biggest stall at the end of the room is very spacious.
Anderson School of Management, Entrepreneurs Hall — Second floor
The graduate business school has many useful facilities, from nice study spaces to the food court and coffee shop. The building’s second floor features a bathroom with medium activity levels that are consistent throughout the day. It has nicely separated, full-length stalls and great ambient lighting. Unfortunately, the lights are more yellow than anything, so the room tends to be quite warm. Another downside is that the Anderson School of Management is located on the northern edge of campus, so it may not be readily accessible for everyone.
One may not think about using the restroom too often during the day, but when the time comes and you need an accessible room, it may be nice to have a private, or even aesthetic, place to carry on with your business. Although the majority of these rooms are on North Campus, it does go to show that UCLA puts a lot of effort into its bathroom detailing. Using the restroom should be an enjoyable experience, even if it’s just for a few seconds at a time, and these hidden gems all offer great features for retouching, privacy or even a cute Instagram story.