Student Life

A vibrant, close-knit liberal arts college experience in the heart of Los Angeles. That’s something you won’t find anywhere else.

Oxy students are socially active and globally aware, and when opportunities come along they’re all in. Check out a new Oxy Arts exhibit. Write for The Occidental newspaper. Shine onstage in Dance Production. Work in the FEAST organic garden. And of course, L.A. provides limitless opportunity to play, get involved and expand your classroom experience.

Our student body is diverse, with nearly half of our students identifying as domestic students of color or international students. Our community strives for inclusivity when it comes to sexuality, gender identity and faith, and Oxy students take full advantage of L.A.’s rich cultural diversity.


Never a dull moment

There’s no shortage of opportunities to explore your passions, try new things and meet new people. Join student government (or another of our 100+ student clubs), play an intramural sport, or take part in community service.

- Clubs & Organizations
- Student Leadership & Involvement
- Athletics & Wellness


Home away from home

Oxy students are a close-knit group. You’re required to live on campus for three years—though most stay for four. Our 13 residence halls and themed and multicultural housing options help make the experience uniquely yours.

- Living at Oxy
- Our residence halls


What’s cooking?

Out of more than 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, Oxy was ranked No. 22 in The Daily Meal’s 2018 rankings of collegiate cuisine. Between Marketplace, the Tiger Cooler and the student-run Green Bean coffee shop, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

- Eating at Oxy
- Eating in the neighborhood


Location, location, location

L.A. and Oxy make a great pairing. The surrounding Eagle Rock and Highland Park neighborhoods are full of food trucks, record stores, and art galleries. You can also bike through the arts district downtown, eat your way through Koreatown or catch the cool ocean breezes in Venice.

- Making the most of L.A.
- Getting around town


We’re here to help

Your Oxy journey will be challenging, transformative and rewarding. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to offer guidance and support whenever you need it.

- Student resources and support
- Student Success
- A Culture of Care



Kennedy Dirkes '23
Kennedy Dirkes ’23
Mathematics major, San Diego, CA
I love Oxy’s diverse extracurricular opportunities. I am able to play volleyball, participate in a Christian Fellowship on campus and tutor high school students. Joining clubs has...
Student Mike Matsuura '20
Mike Matsuura ’20
Mililani, Hawai
The best part about Oxy is living in this great city. On one Saturday, I went to Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, ate Korean BBQ in Koreatown, walked the entire Hollywood Walk of...
Radha Arora
Radha Arora ’23
Economics major, Cupertino, CA
Everyone at Oxy is so warm and welcoming and ready to help. Not only that, but so engaged and intent on making real, lasting change and impact in the world and our local community.

Occidental College Neighborhood Tour: Highland Park

Occidental College is tucked between the eclectic neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park. In this tour, Shae Campbell shows us around the shops and cafes on Eagle Rock Blvd. and York Blvd. and give some tips on how to get around the city.