Access to Compensation

VGRs may receive wages for up to 20 hours of work weekly (maximum 50% time appointment) and/or stipends from UCLA fund sources equivalent to a 50% non-academic appointment to support their research, as is permissible under campus and federal immigration policy.

VGRs are not eligible to teach or serve as readers at UCLA.


The BruinCard will provide VGRs with access to University privileges and facilities. The BruinCard can also function as a debit card for making purchases on and around campus.

BOL Account

The Bruin OnLine account will provide VGRs with email, web hosting services, network connectivity, and free software and support.

Library Access

VGRs will have access to UCLA licensed resources and databases while using a workstation in a department or a public workstation in a library.

UCLA Housing

VGRs are both eligible and welcome to reside in Weyburn Terrace and University Village Family buildings. VGRs are currently not eligible for the other University Apartments South mixed-use buildings. In order to receive a housing offer, VGRs must submit a housing application at the My Housing web page by selecting the "Single Graduate Housing Application" or "Family Housing Application" link, contingent on specific housing needs. For more information on UCLA housing terms and conditions for VGRs, please visit the Ask Housing website.

VGRs may also refer to the Community Housing Office for information on other local housing options.

UCLA Courses

VGRs are not UCLA students. They are graduate students elsewhere who visit UCLA to receive research training and/or conduct research with UCLA faculty. As such, VGRs do not qualify to take UCLA courses directly. Instead, they may register for University Extension (UNEX) courses and/or for UCLA courses via concurrent UNEX enrollment only. Concurrent enrollment must be approved by the instructor.

If an individual would like to enroll in one or more UCLA courses directly (i.e., to have the work documented on a UCLA transcript), s/he should apply as a No Degree Objective (NDO) student. Applicants apply for NDO status via the existing graduate admissions system and meet UCLA and departmental entrance requirements. An NDO student is not eligible to be appointed concurrently as a Visiting Graduate Researcher.

For more information see the VGR Program comparison with No Degree Objective (NDO) graduate student status table.


UCLA Recreation has multiple facilities, hundreds of classes and fitness programs, intramural teams and club sports. Visiting Graduate Researchers are eligible to join as Student Affiliates.