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, the city of 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). 


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 July 2019.

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Last Updated:
July 24, 2019
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