ABOUT SANTA MONICA
Downtown is the heart of this beach community, wrapped by beautiful residential neighborhoods. Santa Monica is part of Los Angeles County, but is its own city. Santa Monica Beach includes the famous Santa Monica Pier with its amusement park. Santa Monica has a Sustainable City Plan to help guide local decision-making with social and environmental awareness.
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus system reaches from the beach to Downtown LA, Pacific Palisades to LAX, and the Third St. Promenade to UCLA. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks and wheelchair-lift equipment. For schedule and fare information or to plan a route, visit www.bigbluebus.com.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) system offers nearly 200 bus and rail lines. For more information or to use their trip planner, go to www.metro.net. Bicycle racks are available first-come, first-serve on Metro buses.
Santa Monica’s cooperative natural grocer, Co-opportunity (known fondly as “The Co-op”), is at 1525 Broadway on the corner of 16th Street, two blocks from ATI-LA. Hot and cold food items can be purchased for take-out.
Within Santa Monica, you will find every ethnic food imaginable—from simple coffee shops to elegant restaurants, and everything in between. Many are clustered around the shopping areas listed below. Vegetarian or vegan? No problem. Prefer raw food? There is something for everyone.
Shopping areas abound in Santa Monica: Third Street Promenade is a four-block, pedestrian-only shopping area stretching from Colorado Avenue to Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of Santa Monica. It features solid rows of shops, cafés, and street performers (three blocks from the beach). Great for people-watching day or night. Santa Monica Place, the newly-renovated, modern outdoor mall, sits at the Colorado Avenue end of the Promenade. Nearby Main Street, Santa Monica, sprawls for about a mile from Pico south to the Santa Monica City limit, and offers more cafés and an eclectic mix of mostly smaller shops. Shop Montana Avenue for a more upscale experience—more than 150 boutiques and restaurants. Farmers Markets are popular in southern California. Wednesday and Saturday mornings you will find blocks and blocks of food, vegetable and flower vendors on Second Street in Santa Monica; the Sunday morning Farmers Market on Main Street at Ocean Park is particularly family-friendly.
Try Westside Rentals. You can do a free Guest Search on the Westside (which includes Santa Monica), filling in property type and price range to get an idea of what is available. Another good source is craigslist. Look under “Housing” to scroll through current listings.
Bicycles and surf boards are available for rental at the beach. Miles of bike paths link Santa Monica with beaches to the south. Hike in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. Popular trails include: Will Rogers, Los Liones and Temescal Canyon.
Museums, venues, and programs include:
- Summer Music at the Santa Monica Pier
- Broad Stage at Santa Monica College
- UCLA Live
- Hollywood Bowl
- Ford Amphitreatre
- Mark Taper Forum
- Disney Concert Hall
- The J. Paul Getty Museum (The Getty Center and The Getty Villa)
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Skirball Cultural Center
NOTE: This information is being offered as an aid to potential students and does not reflect the opinions of ATI-LA. ATI-LA is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed.