California State University, Northridge Visit Report by mes11668

Visit to California State University, Northridge in November 2009 by mes11668
(Student, HS Class of 2003)
(Member since April 25 2018 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Campus Tour: Yes - A large campus, but accessible with lots of grid-like walkways that are wide and usually only gently sloping. Driving to lots in the campus can be time-consuming, though.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The campus is generally very clean and well-maintained. Any under-construction areas are appropriately roped-off and everyone is notified well in advance about them.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
CSUN has a dedicated police service as well as after-hour escorts for students that stay on campus late at night. They respond promptly to any call.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautiful. Never seems too crowded, and has a wealth of resources available for every kind of student and interest.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
A wealth of restaurants, grocery stores, services, and entertainment abound in the San Fernando Valley. Other areas are accessible via close freeways.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There's lots to do in the Valley and the surrounding area, if you know where to go. A mall, movie theatres, and on-campus activities are common and fun, but you'll have to go farther for mor

Campus Visit Notes for California State University, Northridge


Visit Description:

It's difficult to compress a campus as diverse and large as CSUN into a single visit, which explains why campus tour guides, be they Ambassadors or members of on-campus organizations often spend more time talking about things than showing you all there is to see (because there's just that much)!

To really get a feel for the campus, you need to spend several days there, but you'll be treated to an amazing display while you're there, from the famous Oviatt Library (seen in Disney's Sky High, J.J. Abram's Star Trek, and many episodes of popular TV dramas) to the recently-renovated Matador Bookstore Complex or the brand-new Science V building, also known as Chaparral Hall. The University Student Union (USU) is host to meeting spaces and services for students, including the Matador Involvement Center, where students can join clubs and find out about other events and activities, from concerts to trips to Lake Castaic and beyond. There's also a Games Room, Sam's Clothing (not just clothes: also accessories like umbrellas for those unexpected rainy days), a cellular phone and accessory store, a pool, rock climbing wall, and much more.

When I first toured the CSUN campus, my tour guide was full of fun and interesting trivia about the library's special collections, some of the famous alumni that CSUN has produced, and how CSUN has its own in-house rainforest and botanical garden. You'll learn something new with every visit!

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

There aren't too many nearby hotels or inns, so your best bet is with friends or family unless you plan on driving to the university. Sometimes arrangements can be made to stay at the dorms.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

There are all kinds of great restaurants, both on-campus and off. On-campus, check out the Arbor Grill near Jacaranda and Juniper Halls. Off-campus, try Hot Wok Cafe on Reseda and Nordhoff, near Vons!

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

The LA Metro is fickle, but useful. Most apartments and dorms are within walking or short driving distance. Those in the dorms can also take a tram to/from campus.