Living in Los Angeles: Your Guide to Thriving as a MUD Student

Experience the Magic of Burbank

Los Angeles is a vibrant tapestry of neighborhoods and small cities, each with its unique charm. Burbank, where Make-Up Designory (MUD) is located, exemplifies this blend of professional opportunities and community charm. As the hub of entertainment giants like Warner Brothers and Disney, Burbank offers students a dynamic environment rich with industry connections. Nestled in the Downtown District on San Fernando Boulevard, MUD is surrounded by movie theaters, boutique shops, numerous restaurants, and lively nightlife. Despite being part of the sprawling metropolitan LA area, Burbank retains a quaint hometown feel, making it an ideal place for students to study and live. Our building, which has historical roots as a car dealership from decades past, has been meticulously transformed into a modern space that houses state-of-the-art classrooms, a retail store, a professional photo studio, a student lounge, and a learning resource center.

Diverse Living Options in LA

Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures and neighborhoods, offering a variety of living experiences. MUD students and graduates find their ideal homes in diverse areas that reflect the city’s rich cultural tapestry. Living close to the school in Burbank or nearby Glendale provides convenience and a tight-knit community vibe. For those drawn to the vibrant energy of Hollywood, with its history and eclectic lifestyle, living just a few miles from Burbank is a perfect choice. Studio City and Sherman Oaks in the Valley offer a central location with plenty of cafés, shops, and proximity to the Westside, Downtown, Hollywood, and the iconic California beaches.

Navigating LA: Public Transport and Driving Options

Many MUD students move to LA without a car, but getting around the city is manageable. Staying close to the school allows for walking to class or using LA’s expanding public transportation system. The Metro system continues to grow, adding new trains, routes, and buses, making it easier to explore the city. For those planning to freelance or work in the film and television industry, a car may be necessary. However, students seeking traditional jobs at single locations, like cosmetics companies, may find public transportation sufficient. Driving is always an option for those who prefer the flexibility, but the city’s public transport remains a highly viable and recommended mode of commuting for students. More more info re transportation to and from MUD in Burbank, please see our LA transportation page.

Balancing Work and School

Full-time MUD students often choose to focus solely on their studies and makeup practice. However, for those needing to work, evening and weekend jobs in Downtown Burbank can fit around the school schedule. The type of post-graduation work varies based on career goals, financial needs, and prior experience. For students aiming to break into film and television, working on student films and art projects is an excellent way to gain set experience, understand industry norms, and build a professional network. Some students even start these opportunities while still attending MUD.

Living in Los Angeles as a MUD student offers a unique blend of educational and lifestyle opportunities, preparing you for a successful career in the dynamic world of makeup artistry. For more information or assistance, reach out to our Admissions team today.