Living in Los Angeles

Climate and Weather

Southern California is home to some of the best weather, but temperatures can still vary from season to season and throughout the day. Bring clothes for cool, chilly days and nights as well as hot, sunny days. Have a jacket and warm sweater available along with a swimsuit and sandals. Plus, pack an umbrella in addition to sunscreen.

Local Eats

From a quick bite to a fine dining, there are plenty of restaurants in the Colburn School neighborhood to satisfy. Grand Central Market is a must-see foodie destination because its businesses serve up a full menu of international cuisine, including Mexican, Japanese, and German in addition to burgers, pizza, and sweets.

There’s also a collection of fast-casual restaurants on Cal Plaza, which borders the Colburn School campus. You’ll find fast food chains nearby, such as Subway, Ocho, and Corner Bakery on Grand Avenue.

Stay on campus and grab a bite at the Colburn Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch on the weekends. It even has a Starbucks for quick coffee breaks.

For a more formal affair, make a reservation at one of the fine dining restaurants in downtown. You don’t have to go very far: Vespaio, Otium, and Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse are right across the street.

Be sure to inquire about Colburn community discounts. Certain businesses, including Ocho and Etchea, provide a discount when presenting your Colburn School ID. The Omni hotel is located just south of Colburn, and you can show your badge or concert ticket for a 15% discount at its Grand Café and Noé Restaurant and Bar.


Our campus is situated within the thriving cultural corridor of downtown Los Angeles, which grants you easy access to some of the city’s most prestigious museums. Both the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Broad museum are within walking distance of campus. In fact, Colburn students receive priority admission to The Broad—no reservations required and you get to skip to the front of the line.

Also not far from school is the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo, which also houses the Japanese American Museum. Other points of interest include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, and the Huntington Library.

Performance Venues

The LA downtown region has become a home for the performing arts featuring several outstanding venues. The famed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is across the street from the Colburn School, and not far away is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which hosts the LA Opera. Just up the street sits the Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum.

Of course, our campus also boasts two wonderful performance venues with Zipper Hall and Thayer Hall.


Students living on or near campus will appreciate the convenience of Beyond Food Mart located in Cal Plaza. Also, there are drug stores within a short drive to Echo Park or near City Hall. If you’re looking for a study break, head to The Last Bookstore a few blocks away. For some serious shopping, check out hotspots such as The Grove and Farmers Market, Beverly Center, or the Americana at Brand.

Getting Around

While Los Angeles has a reputation as a car city, there’s an extensive public transportation system that’ll get you around town, too. The nearest Metro LA commuter station is at the Civic Center/Grand Park. From there, you can travel to Union Station or the 7th Street/Metro Center Station to connect with other subway and bus routes or Amtrak. Visit the Metro Trip Planner to see routes and schedules.