Student Life

What can I do for fun?

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, which means Cal State Northridge students are never without things to do.

On Campus

Northridge is next door to Hollywood, so let's start with the big screen. Whether you're into action, romance, comedy or foreign fare, it's easy to catch a movie at Cal State Northridge. The University Student Union regularly screens films; bring your CSUN student ID for free admission. The CSUN Cinematheque at the Armer Theater screens movies every Thursday night free of charge. Once a month, the International and Exchange Student Center screens free films.

Looking to get some exercise? Take advantage of the Student Recreation Center which has been recognized not only for its beautiful architectural design, but has also received LEED Gold certification. Expect a rock climbing wall, indoor walking track, boxing studio, basketball courts and other state-of-the-art features.

The Games Room at the University Student Union has Texas hold 'em, billiards and table tennis tournaments. Xbox 360, Wii and arcade games are also available.

Our Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs offer an array of activities, from hip-hop dancing and basketball to soccer and karate. We have intramural leagues for fraternity and sorority members, campus club participants, or students who aren't affiliated with any group. Sport Clubs offer structured competition with other universities and amateur clubs in salsa libre, tennis, boxing, roller hockey and paintball.

The Associated Students sponsors free noontime concerts at the University Student Union. You won't want to miss the Big Show, which is held each fall and features top recording artists like Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco.

For a full run down of campus activities, check the University Calendar or visit the University Student Union.

Off campus

No matter your taste, you'll find great music every night of the week in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl features top artists performing under the stars. Universal Studios CityWalk has live music as well as shopping and Hollywood film sets. You can hear concerts at L.A. Live, downtown Los Angeles' hot spot, or check out a movie, restaurant, sporting event and the new Grammy museum. Los Angeles' performing arts headquarters, the Music Center, is home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum.

Just north of Cal State Northridge is the thrill-ride capital of Southern California — Six Flags Magic Mountain. The happiest place on earth, Disneyland, is about an hour south of campus.

Los Angeles is home to some of the world's greatest museums. The Getty Center in Brentwood is popular for its dramatic, hilltop architecture and great collection of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Getty Villa in Malibu specializes in the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Take your CSUN student ID for a discount ticket to the renowned Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Or, head downtown to The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Santa Monica and Venice offer beaches, boardwalks and some of the best people watching you'll find anywhere. Be sure to check out the body builders at Muscle Beach in Venice. Just up the coast is Malibu, home to surfers, movie stars and spectacular views.

In the mood for a little shopping? Northridge Fashion Center, an extensive indoor mall, is a short bus ride from Cal State Northridge. There's more shopping on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood and in Santa Monica at the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian mall that's home to restaurants and street performers.

If you want to explore the great outdoors with your fellow Matadors, the Associated Students Outdoor Adventures program organizes hikes, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding and more, all at student-friendly prices.

To find out what's happening in the greater Los Angeles area, visit The Guide and LA.com. If you're headed someplace that charges admission, check the Associated Students ticket office first to find out if you can receive a discount.

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