535 Gayley Ave.
Average monthly rent: $2350.0
Average number of bedrooms: N/A
The place is overall pretty nice. I shared a studio with a single roommate and felt like I had a good amount of space. The particular studio that I rented had half-wall with blinds separated the apartment, which made it feel more like a 1 bed and less like a studio. The apartment itself looks nice and is pretty clean. There are some small things to take issue with: the floor is pretty cheap, plastic-y and slightly uneven in some areas and the walls look like they've been repainted several times (messily in some areas), but those issues aren't so bad. The kitchen looked like it was new and had a full complement of fridge, stove-top, oven, and microwave, with plenty of cabinet space.
The apartment unit I was in was almost underground, with a small porch that led into the shared area with the pool and gym. It's nice that the porch lets gives you access to the facilities, but I would rather have gone with the privacy and security of a balcony. There was only one window (a sliding window leading to the porch) and, being half-underground, made it so that there was not very much natural light or ventilation. Other units will be different. The kitchen sink clogged once, but the maintenance staff was responsive and able to fix it in a day. I did not have problems getting mail or deliveries. You may get a call from a delivery driver to let them into the apartment complex and might have to search around to find where they dropped off your package. Contrary to an old review, there is a mail room where packages are just dropped off, but I've never had any issues with theft. It can get a little noisy if your neighbors are loud or if there's someone in the hallway. Also, the building is on frat row, so you might overhear partying when you're trying to sleep, but it wasn't a huge deal for most of the time.
The rent felt a little pricey, especially for a studio. It was $2300/month for rent, $50/month per parking space, with no utilities included. The only ISP is Spectrum; I was able to get 200 Mbps down/10 Mbps up for $45 per month. The location is great given that it is just across the street from UCLA.
Overall, a pretty decent apartment.
I recently moved into Ariel Court for the year as a UCLA student. The landlord made sure to have my apartment completely re-done: new paint, new carpet, new fixtures, new shower head, new faux wood floors, new ceiling fan, and new knobs on everything. The apartment was deep cleaned and beautiful and has remained that way! The landlord is incredibly helpful, knowledgable, and approachable. I feel comfortable, as a young female student, living alone for the summer until my roommate moves into the apartment in the fall. The only complaints are: my Amazon package was stolen/misplaced when I sent it to this apartment. They don't have a designated mail-room, and so it was (officially) delivered, but I never actually received it. And, the noise from my street (Gayley) is terrible due to construction, but I can always close a window and ignore it. Otherwise, it is a wonderful place to live! The exterior and interior are always clean and attractive. The maintenance and administrative staff are all so kind and respond immediately to any questions I have.
Overall, I would DEFINITELY recommend Ariel Courts to any UCLA students looking for an apartment literally across the street with minimal noise, always clean, and full of knowledgable staff. :)
Generally clean. I saw 3 roaches but not as bad as some reviews claim. If you are the type of demanding person that needs ever nook and cranny 100% new and clean, you will not like this place (and you should lower your standards--I've lived in >9 apartments in my life and none of them live up to those expectations... especially if you want a cheap (for the area) place.
The roaches are gross (first apartment I've been in with roaches) but it appears this manager is very good. She is in her office almost all of the time and she's very nice. She leaves the door open so you can come in. If you have a problem she deals with it immediately.
Also, because I assume she's had problems with people stealing packages, you need to get the packages from her directly (it has happened to me at another UCLA region apartment... f-ing students).
They have people who clean everything weekly (this is the first apartment I've been in where the cleaners were visible... i.e. you know they're there and they are cleaning--other places I don't see people because I suspect they clean less frequently). They clean the laundry room, the elevator (man... undergrads really need to stop pissing in elevators... seriously, grow up), the pool, the outside area, etc.
Overall, though the building is dreadfully old and prone to disrepair (things seem to break often), the manager is thankfully there to fix it. All the other apartments I've been in I've had to call the manager like 4 times and have to wait like a month for them to do anything.
Oh one more thing... there is something strange going on with their wiring. The fuses blow/trigger very frequently (I'd say at least once a month--in the other places I've lived it's more like once every three months at most). On one outlet I could not put the microwave and a toaster. Even the microwave by itself sometimes triggers it... and it's the crappiest low wattage microwave you can buy (like 800 watts or something). Also, normal bulbs tend to blow out quickly here too... but that might be because they gave us cheap bulbs.
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