Getting around Los Angeles is always an adventure. Rush hour is longer than an hour, congestion springs up at seemingly random times, and street closures for Hollywood events can turn once reliable shortcuts into parking lots. It’s part of LA culture, and ICLA students always find ways to adapt.
Most ICLA students find that having access to a car in Los Angeles is the best means of getting to and from work, running errands and exploring the city. Whether you drive cross country, ship your car, rent a car or share rides with friends, having access to a car is a plus. For students who need help finding rides to and from work, the ICLA staff work at connecting students who have cars to others who are looking for a lift.
For those students who would like to rent a car in Los Angeles, we work with Enterprise to get the best rates possible. Enterprise rents to students under 21, and multiple people can be on the same lease with no upcharge for multiple drivers. See the document to the right that shows Enterprise’s current rules and rates for ICLA students.
Public Transportation (The Metro)
Public transportation can be a great way to get around the city, and some students master the buses, subways and trains in order to get to their internships. Los Angeles’ Metro system is quite extensive and provides access throughout Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and the communities east and south of L.A. They Metro’s rail system is quite reliable and clean and provides great access to many points throughout the greater L.A. metropolitan area.
For a complete chart of Metro fares, click here: METRO FARE CHART
Metro Bus # 222 stops at the main entrance to the Oakwood apartments and can be ridden north (downhill) into Burbank or south (uphill) into Hollywood. Going south, connect to the Metro Subway Redline at the Hollywood/Vine stop.
The Monthly Student Pass ($43.00/month) If you think you’ll be using the Metro as your primary mode of transportation, the monthly student pass Tap Card is your best bet. The Tap Card application is available for downloading to the right on this page. Click here to access the online College TAP Card application. You should apply for the Tap Card at least two months before your arrival in Los Angeles. Use the ICLA mailing address for both the school address and your LA residential address:
3800 Barham Blvd, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90068
We advise that you take care of your Tap Card application 2 moths before arriving in Los Angeles, since processing the applications is slow.
To request a letter verifying your registration in ICLA, please complete this form: Metro Enrollment Verification Form
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT (LAX) (310-646-5252): LAX, Los Angeles' major airport, is located 27 miles from Oakwood Apartments. Travel time depends greatly on traffic and can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Cabs are available right outside the LAX terminal. A cab ride from LAX to the Oakwood Apartments will cost you approximately $50.
The cheaper alternative to a taxi is to take the Super Shuttle. The cost is approximately $24 for one person and $10.00 for each additional person. For groups of 7-9 people, it will cost approximately $80.00 to charter the shuttle. Students are recommended to reserve at least one week in advance by calling (800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826) or visiting their website at www.supershuttle.com.
BURBANK AIRPORT (BUR) 2627 North Hollywood Way (818-840-8830): Located 15 minutes/5 miles from Oakwood Apartments. Cabs are available outside the airport. American, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways fly into Burbank. It will save you time and cab fare, but it is generally cheaper to fly into LAX.
If you want to take a taxi, you need to phone one in advance. Be aware that taxi cabs in Los Angeles can be expensive. The major taxi companies in Los Angeles are:
- Burbank Taxi (818) 845-2100
- Green Cab (213) 483-7600
- United Taxi (323) 653-5050
- Yellow Cab (213) 627-7000
- Yellow Cab also has an app you can use to request and track cabs: Click here for more!
Lyft and Uber are popular ride sharing apps you can download to your phone and use throughout Los Angeles.