International Student Tips

Studying in Los Angeles is an exciting opportunity to experience the diversity of the region – from the people and cuisine, to the culture, entertainment, and natural beauty of Southern California.

While Loyola Marymount is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, it is still part of the second largest city in the country. As with any big metropolis, it is wise to stay aware of your surroundings and follow common safety guidelines.

Below is a general checklist to help you make the most of your time in LA, and ensure that your experience at LMU is a safe and enriching one.

  • Review our general safety tips for living in the U.S.
  • Make sure you know how to respond in the unlikely event of a natural disaster. Remember, California's natural disasters may differ from those in your home country.
  • You must sign up for LMU Alert, the university's emergency notification system, before you can register for classes. Sign up here!
  • Download the Rave Guardian app in the Apple or Google Play store to have the "Watch Me Walk" safe walk home feature, ability to text DPS, campus resources and more -- all at your fingertips.
  • Walking home late at night? In addition to "Watch Me Walk" through the Rave app, DPS also provides safe rides home and student escort program 24/7. Call us if you need us – we'll make sure you get home safely!
  • Did you know? Beyond public safety, DPS is responsible for bike registrations, the campus lost and found, and more. Check out the full list of what we do.

For questions and more information, the Office for International Students and Scholars.