Life in La Mirada

Settled in the late 1800s by Andrew McNally of Rand-McNally fame, and originally a ranch of olive, orange and lemon groves, La Mirada incorporated as a city in 1960 and has been home to Biola since 1958, when the school relocated here from downtown Los Angeles. La Mirada is a suburban city of approximately 51,000, located 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 10 miles north of Disneyland. Biola is its most notable feature, along with the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Splash! Aquatic Center, and is also the city's largest employer. A recent CNN/Money Magazine poll on the "Best Places to Live" ranked La Mirada third in California and 34th in the nation. La Mirada has one of the lowest crime rates in the region and remains one of the safest cities in L.A. county.

Places to Spend (or Save) Money

Whether you live on or off campus, you'll want to know where to find what you need. There's no shortage of shopping, both in La Mirada and within a 10-minute drive. We've put together a map with most of the major stores and centers (and banks, too). Some are within walking distance, others will need a car or a bus or shuttle service.

Photo - La Mirada map


A: La Mirada Theatre Center
Rosecrans at La Mirada Blvd, SE corner. Albertson's, Starbucks, CVS Pharmacy, Big 5 Sporting Goods and more. Eats: IHOP, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Panera, Starbucks, Sizzler, Carl's Jr., Coldstone Creamery, Flame Broiler and more.

B: La Habra Westridge Plaza
Imperial Hwy at Beach Blvd, SE corner. Wal-mart, Lowe's, Sam's Club, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Staples, Shoe City, GameStop (video games) and more. Eats: McDonald's, Yogurtland, Chili's.

C: La Habra Marketplace
Imperial Hwy at Beach Blvd., NE corner. Regal Cinemas, Office Max, Verizon, Aaron Bros Art Supply, Smart & Final (grocery), more. Eats: Chik-fil-A, Red Robin, Hometown Buffet, Togo's.

D: Fullerton Amerige Heights
Target, Albertson's, Ross [clothing], Old Navy, Verizon, T-Mobile, more. Eats: McDonald's, Islands, Taco Bell, Koba Tofu Grill, Mochilato, Souplantation, Rubio's Baja, Panda Express, Jamba Juice, more.

E. Santa Fe Springs Gateway Plaza
Telegraph Rd at Carmenita. Target, Wal-mart, El-Super [grocery], Marshall's [clothing], GameStop, Sprint, more. Eats: In-n-Out, Starbucks, Flame Broiler, McDonalds, Taco Bell.


  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Stater Bros. [Grocery]
  • Albertson's [Grocery]
  • Fresh & Easy [Grocery]
  • Sam's Club
  • Costco
  • CVS [Pharmacy]
  • Rite Aid [Pharmacy]
  • Walgreen's [Pharmacy]
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Sports Authority
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Staples [office supply]
  • OfficeMax [office supply]
  • Best Buy
  • Savers [Thrift Store]


  • Wells Fargo [Bank]
  • Bank of America
  • Chase [Bank]
  • Popular Community Bank


  • In-n-Out Burger
  • Starbucks
  • Chick-fil-A
  • McDonald's
  • Quizno's


  • Starplex ("Dollar") Theater
  • La Mirada Civic Theatre
  • Regal Cinemas

These listings are provided solely for the convenience of Biola students. Please note that Biola University does not endorse or partner with any of these merchants. Students are advised that they do business with these companies at their own risk. List current as of September 2013.

Restaurants & Eating

Hundreds ... hundreds within a 10-minute drive of Biola. Too many to catalog here. Check out La Mirada Restaurants on Yelp!


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Other Local Highlights

La Mirada Theatre
Home to the McCoy-Rigby Entertainment series of professional theater productions and also presents unique touring concerts and performances.

An 18-acre aquatics center, with a water park, 50-meter and 25-yard pools, and therapeutic spa.

La Mirada Parks and Recreation
La Mirada offers excellent facilities for baseball, softball, football, soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball...or just relax and enjoy the beauty of 220 total acres of parkland.

La Mirada 7 Theater
The movies often aren't brand-new releases, but with tickets around $3, the La Mirada 7 is a huge hit with Biola students.

City of La Mirada
More information about the city and its services.

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Last Updated:
July 03, 2019
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