Information You Need

It's time to begin your pre-departure plans for Los Angeles.  Information you need to know!

Housing for Hollywood Semester

Participants in the Semester in Los Angeles Program are provided housing in a gated, extended-stay corporate housing facility, the Oakwood Toluca Hills Corporate Housing, which is located within walking distance from the UTLA Center, where classes are held. All undergraduate students participating in the Semester in Los Angeles program are required to live in The Oakwood – Toluca Hills Corporate Housing. Graduate students are not required to do so. Each apartment is fully-furnished and appointed. Pets are not permitted in the apartments.

Apartment amenities include: kitchen appliances (dishwasher & dining room table); TV, VCR, and telephone; dishes, cookware, utensils, coffee maker, electric blender, toaster, microwave oven, oven mitts & carving board; bed & bath linens, clock radio; dust pan and broom, vacuum, steam iron & board; patio furniture, accessories, silk plants and framed wall pictures. All utilities are included: water, power, trash, basic cable, local telephone service, voice mail & features, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning. Each apartment is provided 4 access codes which allows each student their own internet access.

Students may choose from three housing options at the Oakwood Apartments:

  • Live in a 2-bedroom apartment shared with 3 other roommates.
  • Live in a 1-bedroom apartment shared with 1 roommate.
  • Live by themselves in a studio apartment.

Most students elect to share an apartment with three other roommates. Students will be asked to indicate their housing preference and roommate requests when they apply for admission to the program. While the UTLA Center staff will make every effort to accommodate students’ housing and roommate requests, final decisions will rest on overall student enrollment and housing availability issues. If you have questions, please contact the program coordinator. Requests and changes will be accepted up until the final housing payment deadline for the semester of participation.

Laundry facilities are available on the ground floor of almost every Oakwood building. The machines use a prepaid card system.

Smoking is not allowed in any of the Oakwood apartments.

Other than the complimentary breakfast served every Sunday in Oakwood‘s North Clubhouse, you are responsible for buying groceries and cooking your meals.

Transportation Options

Students are responsible for their own transportation arrangements to and from Los Angeles and during their stay in the city, along with all costs related to their transportation. Public transportation may be an option but is unreliable. Most students elect to bring their own cars, in order to get to their internship, which may not be accessible to public transportation.


Enterprise is proud to serve Oakwood residents from Bradley University students attending the Hollywood Semester program. Enterprise will provide an overall value  including under age surcharges** that are second to none in Los Angeles. Simply click the link below, choose your dates and book your reservation.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Toluca Hills/Oakwoods in Los Angeles, CA

Office is located on Ventura Blvd (close to Oakwood Apartments)

323-882-6565, #4 or 1-800-762-0225, star

Ask for Jerry – Branch Manager

Shuttle service will send a van to pick up student for car pick-up

Account number for Bradley:


(no pin required)


Economy - $569.00 a month

Intermediate - $607.00 a month

Full-sized - $ 668.00 a month

(Rates are billed on a 30 day cycle)

Underage rate – 18-20 is $10.00 a day and requires full insurance policy

Ages 21-24 rate is $5.00 a day.   Students can provide coverage through their own policy or can buy insurance through Enterprise.

Valid driver’s license is required

Credit or debit card is required

Charge is billed to card upon pick-up of car and every 30 days.

Students should make a reservation for a car no later than 30 days in advance of pick-up

Enterprise Car Rental

Below you’ll find answers to many of the frequently asked questions for incoming students
(and their parents)

What are the rates?

Enterprise offers a set discounted rate plan for all incoming students staying at the Oakwood properties.  These rates are available year round and include discounts on all vehicle types.  All rates listed do not include taxes or fees, which may vary by location

What about Insurance?

Please contact your insurance company prior to your rental to determine the limits of your coverage.

Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance, Roadside Assistance Coverage and Supplemental liability are offered to all renters over the age of 21 at the time of rental. 

For a complete explanation of the costs and benefits of each of these products, visit

I’m under 21, can I still rent?

Absolutely, through our arrangement with the Oakwood property and your school, Enterprise does allow students under the age of 21 to rent during their stay.  Some additional information will be required to verify your insurance will transfer to the rental vehicle.  In addition, a $10/day underage fee will be accessed to the rate.   

I’ve arrived in LA, now how do I get my rental?

 Once you have arrived at the Oakwood Apartments, you may call for an Enterprise shuttle for pickup at the Oakwood property.  Please call the branch the morning of your reservation to find out when these will occur.

The branch is open from 8am to 6pm Monday – Friday and from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday.  All pickups must take place during these times.

Can I put this on my Parent’s credit card?

All rentals must be placed on a credit or debit card in the renter or student’s name.  A parent or guardian’s card cannot be used unless otherwise authorized.  The charges to the card are placed 1 month at a time in advance of the month.

What do I need to do now that I have the car?

Once you are in your rental, it is vital that you renew/rewrite your contract every 30 days.  Most insurance companies will not cover a rental of more than 30 consecutive days.  In addition, it allows us to inspect the vehicle to ensure proper maintenance.  In order to do so, you simply need to stop in at the location to have the vehicle inspected and new paperwork signed.  You may receive reminder phone calls around your 30th day; however it is the responsibility of the renter to ensure the contract is renewed in a timely fashion.

Can I return to the airport?

All rentals should be returned back to the place of pick-up. Do not return car to the Airport.  If the branch is closed, please call the branch before hand to receive instructions on the process.  Please note: the renter is responsible for the condition of the car until the vehicle is collected by an Enterprise agent.

Can students car share?

If a student is under 21, there can be no additional drivers on that rental contract. If a student is over 21, one additional driver may be added on to the contract. One student will be listed as the primary driver and will ultimately be responsible for the vehicle. It is advised that both students verify their insurance coverage prior to the rental. 

Shipping Companies

Some students elect to ship their car to Los Angeles to save driving wear and tear on their car. Companies used in the past include:

However, shipping companies vary.   Please check the BBB for updated lists of reliable companies.

Transportation from Airport to Oakwood Apartments

Highly recommended from LAX to Oakwood is:  Super Shuttle is a dependable service.  Your shuttle reservation should be booked in advance of arrival at Shuttle to LAX.
The cost is approximately $20.00 for a one-way ticket to the Oakwood Apartments with two suitcases.  

Taxi service from LAX to the Oakwood Apartments is expensive and a conservative estimate is $45.00 or higher.

Grocery Stores Near the Oakwood Apartments

Vons – 4520 W. Sunset Blvd. (1.9 miles away) 323-662-8107

Pavilions – 727 Vine St. (1.4 miles away) 323.461.4167

Ralph's - 14440 Burbank Blvd, San Fernando Valley, CA 91401  818) 989-5640

 (within walking distance, a larger store than Vons with more options)

Trader Joe’s – 1600 N. Vine St. (0.5 miles away) 323-856-0689

Kroger - 25 E Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91502-2029

Rite Aid Pharmacy – 6130 W. Sunset Blvd. (0.2 miles away) 323.467-4201

Gelson’s (Mayfair Market Bronson & Fountain) – 5877 Franklin Ave. (0. 6 miles away)

Smart & Final – 939 N. Western Ave. (1.3 miles away)

Hotels near the Oakwood Apartments

Hotel Amarano Burbank    

322 North Pass Avenue, Burbank, CA 91500

(15 minute walk from the Warner Brothers Studio)

Best Western Media Center Inn & Suites  

3910 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505


(Walking distance of Warner Brothers Studio and NBC)

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel – 323-856-1200

The Graciela Burbank – 888-956-1900

Hilton Universal City – 818-506-2500

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel -  800-950-7667

Beverly Garland Holiday Inn – 818-980-8000

Sheraton Universal – 818-980-1212