Directions & Accommodations

Semel Institute

Semel Institute for Neuroscience
Semel Auditorium (Room C8-183)
740 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024


From the San Diego Freeway (405):

From the north, exit Wilshire East, or from the south, exit Wilshire at Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. and go straight past Le Conte Avenue (the street becomes Westwood Plaza as you enter the UCLA campus). The the UCLA Medical Plaza is on your left, the Semel Institute/Department of Psychiatry is on your right; the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is within the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on your left as you travel north up Westwood Plaza. For those visiting the Gonda building, this is on the right at the corner with the Charles E Young Drive.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

Take the San Diego Freeway northbound to Wilshire Boulevard east, and continue as described above.



Parking is available for $13.00 per day in Parking Structure 9. Please stop at information kiosk on Westwood Plaza to BUY a parking permit into PS 9. We will deploy last year’s a-frame signs in the same locations directing guest to the kiosk as well. (For concert parking, please go to Parking Structure 2.)


We would recommend staying at Hotel Angeleno, Paloma or UCLA Tiverton House.

For more options, please see the map below for hotel & Airbnb selections near the area!

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Refreshments throughout the day will be served. Lunch however will not be provided, but there are plenty of eateries within Westwood Village. Additionally, the Ronald Reagan Hospital located across the street is available. Menu options can be found at Please refer to the list below for additional options:

Local Chains:

  • Panini Café: 10861 Lindbrook Dr.
  • Corner Bakery: 1019 Westwood Blvd.
  • In N Out: 922 Gayley Ave.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: 1001 Broxton Ave.
  • Chick Fil A: 900 Westwood Blvd.

Quick Vegetarian Meal Options:

  • Veggie Grill: 10916 Lindbrook Dr.
  • Ike’s Place (primarily sandwiches) 1151 Westwood Blvd.
  • Native Foods Café: 1114 Gayley Ave.
  • Whole Foods: 1050 Gayley Ave.