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The University of California, Irvine, sits right in the middle of the sprawling suburb of Irvine, a community that consistently ranks as one of the safest and most livable towns in America. As one of the first sections of Irvine developed according to the city's master plan, the area around UCI is the oldest section of Irvine, dating back to the 1970s.

Most of the people living in the immediate vicinity of UC Irvine are associated with the university in some way, either as students, faculty or staff. As a result, your neighbors in this area are likely to be highly educated. As with all Irvine neighborhoods, the UC Irvine area maintains an extremely family-friendly atmosphere, with a high density of young, single grad students also living nearby. Residences are all designed with green space and livability in mind, and the neighborhood proves exceptionally welcoming to those wanting to commute on foot or by bicycle.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Irvine, CA is $1,123 for one bedroom, $1,166 for two bedrooms, and $1,186 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Irvine has increased by 3.1% in the past year.

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550
$1,123
2 BR
786
$1,166
3 BR
945
$1,186
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Ratings

43 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
31 Transit Score® Some Transit
81 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Restaurants

While UC Irvine, just like any university, provides plenty of dining choices on campus, locals who live near or work on the campus also have nearby choices for casual eating. While some of these include perennial favorites such as In-n-Out, Which Wich and Veggie Grill, you can also find some unique spots for a quick bite. Across the street from campus in University Town Center, Le Diplomate Cafe serves up amazing sandwiches for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Patrons rave about the garlic sauce, which comes on the garlic chicken and garlic bacon sandwiches. Many ask for some extra sauce on the side regardless of what they order. The banh mi, eggplant, and chicken, mushroom and broccoli sandwiches also garner rave reviews. Unlike many faculty clubs, the professors at UC Irvine actually like dining at the UCI University Club. Although you need to be an invited guest to attend, making your way into this dining venue isn't that difficult if you're on campus regularly. Enjoy the striking decor as you sample chicken marsala, chicken and portobello mushroom, or salmon. This venue remains particularly popular as a wedding reception site, so keep it in mind if you have a special occasion coming up, and make sure to order the impressive hors d'oeuvres spread. DelSushi in UTC makes students happy by staying open until 2 a.m. and delivering to the dorms. Stop in for the Jessica roll, which contains crab, avocado, shrimp tempura, raw salmon and tuna, or try the crunchy spicy tuna roll. Students and staff on campus often head to the Anthill Pub & Grille for a beer at the end of the school day. This cash-only joint maintains a tradition of serving a 21-year-old birthday boy or girl's first beer for free, so don't be surprised to see a near-constant state of celebration going on here. With low prices, a good selection of beers and random trivia nights, the Anthill Pub earns its popularity.

History

Founded during the 1960s, the UC Irvine campus handled enrollment increases as baby boomers reached college age. The Irvine Ranch Company donated the land for the school's campus, and the university served as the centerpiece for a planned community and city that didn't actually exist when the campus began construction. It took 10 years after the university opened its doors for the city of Irvine to come into existence, and it grew up around the campus according to the Irvine Master Plan.

Although the UCI campus and neighborhood doesn't host any museums, the UCI Observatory opens its doors regularly for visitor nights, especially when meteor showers or eclipses occur. On campus, the Bren Events Center and Irvine Barclay Theater present an always-changing rotation of special events, sports events, concerts and theatrical presentations. Keep your eyes open for the haunted activities of Shocktoberfest, visits by political candidates and special lectures.

Transportation

UCI makes a wide array of sustainable transportation options available to students, faculty and staff. Everyone on campus receives free access to the Orange County Transportation Authority buses, which provide connections to Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Tustin as well as transportation throughout Irvine. Metrolink trains to Tustin are also available for free. The Anteater Shuttle transports people around campus as well as to and from the UCI Medical Center. In addition, UCI arranges for carpools, vanpools and car-sharing among its population. While some residents call a taxi, Uber or an airport shuttle for car service, most students already have those needs taken care of by the university.

Bicycling serves as a popular way to get around Irvine, especially around UCI, which encourages it through its Zotwheels program that allows locals to rent a bike on an hourly basis. Irvine provides shared lanes for bikes, and UCI helps students with bike security and repairs. Many students and staff walk to campus from the immediate area, and you also often see students skateboarding to class.

If you choose to drive to UCI, parking permits are required for almost all campus parking, which includes a limited number of metered spaces. Local businesses typically provide free parking. UCI's convenient location near Interstate 405 provides easy access to San Diego, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Cost

The cost of living in the UC Irvine neighborhood runs 19 percent lower than in Irvine. Expect to pay around $1,745 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. If you choose to drive in this bike-friendly neighborhood, gas runs 11 percent higher than the national average. Taking the bus instead costs $2 for an Orange County bus, while taking the Anteater Shuttle doesn't cost anything. If you want to stop in for a beer after your night class, expect to pay $6 to $8.

Shopping

When residents of the UC Irvine neighborhood need to do significant shopping, they head to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Fashion Island in Newport Beach or the local Irvine Spectrum Center. However, some unique shops call University Town Center their home.

Dancers from UC Irvine's lauded dance school head to The Pointe Shop to get their pointe shoes and other dance shoes perfectly fitted. This shop has a reputation that spreads far beyond Irvine, and dance teachers from all over the country send students here for fittings. Check out the other dancewear and shoes at the shop.

Alakazam Comics at University Town Center appeals to the inner geek hiding within UC Irvine students. Stop in here to check out comics, games, magic implements, manga and trading cards. Sign up for the subscription service to receive alerts about upcoming releases, or ask the friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff to help you.

When you decide to cook at home rather than eat on campus, Albertsons and Trader Joe's just across the street from UC Irvine can supply your basic grocery needs. The Irvine Farmers Market sets up shop at Mariners Church near the campus every Saturday morning to sell locally sourced produce, grass-fed beef and organic cheese.

Parks

The original design for UC Irvine called for it to be built around a giant park, and Aldrich Park still serves as the center of the campus. With its curving paths and mature trees, the park provides students a beautiful place to hang out and study. Once a year, the campus Wayzgoose Festival takes over the park with its wild medieval theme.

Also on the campus, residents find the UC Irvine Ecological Preserve. Respect the habitat when you visit here, and stay on the path, keeping your eyes peeled for rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons and even mountain lions. From the top of the hill, you have a magnificent view all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.

The city of Irvine remains well-known for its excellent park system, with green spaces deliberately incorporated into the urban design of each neighborhood. Near UC Irvine, check out William R. Mason Regional Park, which consists of almost 340 acres of natural beauty and great facilities, including volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds for the kids, workout stations and even a large lake. Bring your dog on a leash, but be prepared to pay a small fee for park entrance. During the summers, come to the free movies shown outdoors in the park's amphitheater.

Near the Turtle Rock trailhead, you find Chaparral Park, which provides the neighborhood with soccer fields and climbing trails. Also near campus sits Las Lomas Community Park, which provides tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and plenty of space to take your dog for a walk.

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The University of California, Irvine, sits right in the middle of the sprawling suburb of Irvine, a community that consistently ranks as one of the safest and most livable towns in America. As one of the first sections of Irvine developed according to the city's master plan, the area around UCI is the oldest section of Irvine, dating back to the 1970s.

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