Flights to Los Angeles
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Student flights from the USA to Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the kind of place everyone should visit at least once in their life. With major landmarks to see like the Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign to some of the world’s most famous beaches, like Santa Monica and Malibu, there’s a lot of can’t-miss things to do in Los Angeles. The incredible diversity, a sprawling city with endless things to see, do and explore, and unending summer weather are just a few of the reasons why it’s one of the most-visited cities in the US.
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What are the main Los Angeles airport hubs?
Los Angeles has five main airports, all of which serve slightly different areas. LAX (Los Angeles International) is the largest for both domestic and international travel and the best option for exploring the city proper. The others are smaller airports that serve areas a bit further from the city.
Los Angeles International / LAX: LAX is the main airport in LA and is located about 12 miles from the center of Los Angeles. If you’re flying from out of state, chances are likely flights into LAX will be the cheapest and have the most options. From LAX, you can get downtown via Uber/Lyft, the Flyaway Bus Shuttle ($10) or the Metro ($2). The Metro is the cheapest, but longest options (you’ll have to transfer lines and it takes about an hour). Uber is the most convenient but can be quite expensive depending on the time of day.
Long Beach / LGB: The Long Beach airport is located just 3 miles from Downtown Long Beach, so if you’re wanting to head straight from baggage claim to beach day, it’s the perfect spot to fly into. It primarily services short-haul flights for American and Jetblue. Bonus: it’s much less crowded than LAX and it has an open-air courtyard in the airport for you to enjoy some fresh air while you wait.
John Wayne Orange County / SNA: Of the main airports in LA, this one is the furthest south, situated in Orange County. It’s nearest to Disneyland and other theme parks in the area and Disney offers a shuttle if you're heading to the park. It’s located about 15-20 minutes from both Irvine and Downtown Orange County and about 20-30 minutes from Disneyland.
Ontario Airport / ONT: The Ontario airport is located, as the name suggests, in Ontario, with easy access to cities like Claremont, Riverside and San Bernardino. If you’re studying in one of the Inland cities, the Ontario airport will likely save you a lot of time from not having to drive across the city.
Burbank / BUR: The Hollywood-Burbank airport (sometimes referred to as the Bob Hope Airport) is located north of LA, 3 miles from downtown Burbank. It’s a good choice if you’re flying in from somewhere in the western half of the US and staying in the Hollywood area. Burbank does offer Metrolink and Amtrak service directly from the airport, making it one of the easiest airports to connect to public transportation from.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight to Los Angeles?
Prices based on bookings made 31-60 days prior to departure.
Los Angeles universities and campuses
Los Angeles is a sprawling city with an incredible amount of universities and colleges to match. As home to the heart of the TV and film industries, it’s a great place to study if you’re interested in any kind of media or film studies. Besides that, there’s universities that offer programs in just about anything you could imagine. USC and UCLA (University of Southern California and University of LA) are two of the largest and most well-known in the city, as well as both being top-tier schools to study at.
Los Angeles lifestyle and culture
Los Angeles lifestyle is fast-paced, but everyone knows how to take a day off and the beach and kick back, too! It’s a very diverse city, so you’ll see people from all walks of life and all kinds of cultures here. From Chinatown and Koreatown to Thai Town and Olvera Street, there’s a lot to see and experience. Head to beach towns for an acai bowl and a relaxed vibe, try foods from around the world in cultural pockets downtown, or hit the Grove for some high-end shopping (or window shopping).
Exploring Los Angeles on a student budget
Los Angeles can be explored on a student budget, especially if you know where to go. Stay in Airbnbs in neighborhoods like Silver Lake or Echo Park to save on accommodations. Try to take public transit if you can. Eat at smaller, local spots (Grand Central Market has some good options!) and squeeze in a few free activities and beach days to keep your budget in check.