Rushing to and from classes, many Bruins develop a good feel for the layout of the campus, but what about the views from above? Sometimes, when students want a break from the hustle and bustle of the forest floor, they might look upwards for a breath of fresh air. From rooftops to elevated terraces, UCLA offers many such spaces for students to enjoy.
Broad Art Center, eighth floor
An eight-story building that serves as headquarters for the Department of Art, the south-facing Broad Art Center at the northern edge of campus offers a spectacular view of UCLA and beyond. Elevators on its north wing can reach the eighth floor, and the white balcony is just a door away.
Mathematical Sciences Building, ninth floor
The roof of the Mathematical Sciences Building on South Campus is home to several telescopes, but it also offers a nearly unobstructed view of everything that lies west of UCLA: nearby apartment buildings, the city of Santa Monica and everything in between. On a clear day, if they are lucky, students might see the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean glittering in the distance as well.
Anderson School of Management, various floors
The graduate business school on North Campus is sprinkled with outdoor tables. If students want a quiet place to work, they can visit the first floor of Gold Hall just outside the Executive Dining Room, or the fourth floor of the Collins Center.
John Wooden Center, second floor
Although most Bruins use the John Wooden Center primarily as a gym, the building’s second floor boasts a quiet succulent garden with umbrellaed tables. Students can bring their work with them, but if they seek to relax, the Graptopetalum paraguayense and Aeonium arboreum are available for contemplation. Watching the happenings in Bruin Plaza from above may be a therapeutic exercise as well.
Physics and Astronomy Building, third floor
Tables with sufficient shade may be hard to find in the early afternoon of a sunny Los Angeles day, but the outdoor area on the third floor of the Physics and Astronomy Building has many. Under the shade structure, Bruins can enjoy the view of Powell Library and Kaplan Hall to the north and Knudsen Hall to the east.
Engineering VI, third floor
Easily accessible by elevator, the third floor of the Engineering VI building opens to a large patio with shade from the surrounding engineering buildings. Sprinkled with benches, tables and plants throughout, students can enjoy the outside air as they catch up on emails and relax.
Anderson School of Management, fourth floor
At the northern edge of campus, the roof terrace on the fourth floor of the Anderson complex overlooks Anderson Cafe in the Marion Anderson Courtyard on one side and the path to Janss Steps and Kerckhoff Hall on the other. Students might also catch a glimpse of the green hills that surround UCLA between the brick buildings. Accessible by elevators from Gold Hall, Entrepreneurs Hall and Cornell Hall, the terrace is a great spot to take a pause and enjoy a pleasant day.
Boelter Hall, ninth floor
Connected to the roof of the Mathematical Sciences Building is the roof of Boelter Hall. It houses classrooms and offices, whose awnings provide welcome shade on sunny days, with restroom access. In the hum of generators from nearby rooftops, the Court of Sciences on South Campus lies below.
Ackerman Union, first floor
Around the back of Ackerman Union is the Bruin Reflection Space, an open place for students of any denomination to enjoy. In the evenings, students can see the path to the Luskin Conference Center illuminated by warm lamplight in the dusk glow.
Mathematical Sciences Building, eighth floor
The planetarium sits atop the Mathematical Sciences Building against a backdrop of South Campus, but here, one might instead turn their attention to the sky. Accessible by elevators to the eighth floor, the planetarium hosts free showings every Wednesday.
There are dozens of open spaces scattered across campus to help students study and relax. On a day when UCLA’s libraries and lounges do not hold their usual appeal, feel free to check these spaces out!