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houses for rent in Los Angeles ca?
my dad and i are moving to LA and its a huge change for us cause he and my mom are no longer together. We need to move cause my dad got a new job and his sister is sick and we want to be with her at this time. So we cant seem to find a cheap apartment or house in LA and i wanted to know if any one here could help. i have been on rent.com and los angeles craigslist but cant find any thing. also it really has to be cheap and nice cause my dad has to use most of the money for bills mostly for me because i have had tumors for a few and i have had them taken out but they keep growing so we don’t have much money for a nice place. and we found a great Doctor for me that would help me…so we really need help thank you very much for your time and any little help would be fine
If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-ghetto place is about $1,000/$1,200 per month for a studio/1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium. Sorry, but there’s nothing here that’s really cheap.
The answer to this really lies in the answer to the question, “Where do you work”? It’s not good at all to live in South Bay if you have a job in Pasadena. It’s stupid, in fact. The one thing that grinds people down more than anything here is the traffic. It’s the worst thing about living here. So rather than worrying about “cheap and safe”, your FIRST order of business should be getting a place close to your job. THEN you can worry about safety and price. But, to reiterate, nothing is cheap here.
“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. Palms and Mar Vista are pretty good, too. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.
To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.
Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.
In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest
To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.
This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start. If you want to see the safety and price factors, go to www.lalife.com. Also, the LA Times did a nice job of outlining all 277 neighborhoods in LA County: http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/. Time to get researching!
Cheap places to live in California that are near Los Angeles?
Me and two of my friends are thinking about moving down to California. We would really like to live near L.A. Preferably 30-40 Mins away. I’m thinking about an apartment that can hold 3-4 people, and around $1,000 a month or less. so if you know of a place for some college students to live at, well that would be great!
>Thanks in advance!<
Also we don't really care about how many rooms. We are used to dorms and we all live together anyway, so we don't really need that much space. A one room apartment probably wouldn't be too bad. As long as we can fit 3 beds in there.
That’s not going to happen. Landlords prefer one person per bedroom so you will need a 3 bedroom apartment and those will DEFINITELY rent for more than a measly $1,000/month. Apartments and college dorms aren’t the same thing.
Jobs in Los Angeles, California, questions?
I am Canadian, and wanting to move to Los Angeles to pursue a better education for my university years. I want to attend University of California, Los Angeles, but first I need a plan. I have been looking at other people’s questions about LA and I know that it is extremely expensive and I shouldn’t expect it to be the way that movies portray it. I need help in my ‘plan’, for instance what sort of jobs I will need to get by in a 1BR apartment, it doesn’t matter where but I want it to be in a safe area, I am way to tired of the thugs in Canada. I have also read that living outside of Los Angeles is cheaper, so I would love to know exactly where outside of LA. I also know that UCLA offers housing, but does financial aid pay for it? Another question: how much will I spend a month, (I know that sounds silly) including gas, food, rent etc. ? This links to my job question, I need to know what kind of job I will need to live comfortably. I heard that I will need a student visa, so please explain the process of which I will take of actually getting to the United States and what it is exactly (my Yahoo! says I am eighteen or seventeen but actually I am younger). Is it true that if I just go there for my schooling, I will not be employed? That is what someone told me. Please, please, please, help. I know there is a lot of questions in this one or two paragraphs but I really want an insight on living in LA!
Sure, you should consider studying away from Canada. The questions of yours are many, and more need to be addressed.
The first one, thinking of anything in the USA is – costs
Per Academic Year (9 months)
Living with Relatives Residence Halls Sororities Off Campus Apartments
University Fees 11,639 11,639 11,639 11,639
Nonresident Tuition22,021 22,021 22,021 22,021
Health Insurance1,0871,087 1,087 1,087
Books and Supplies 1,6081,608 1,608 1,608
Room and Board4,35913,734 8,262 10,485
Transportation 1,959912 912 1,587
Personal 1,8691,560 1,560 1,857
Total Nonresident $44,542$52,561 $47,089 $50,284
As a Canadian, you are looking at ~ $ 50,000 per study year, times 4 – 5 years in total. Can you borrow or will your parents put up that?
You may, or may not receive bursaries or financial aid. In general terms, there is far less, if anything available for Canadian students – but you may be able to get “some” from Canadian sources.
As a student in the USA you will NOT be able to work, except on the university campus. Perhaps at the cafeteria or Library. They pay little over minimum wage which is $ 8.00 per hour in California.
A student visa is ONLY to study, you cannot work (I said that) and you are NOT allowed to seek work and stay in the USA after graduation. You MUST return to Canada and apply for an immigrants visa from there, a process that takes from 2 – 5 years after your graduation. (I know. It’s a crappy rule, but true.)
Read about fees here:
To start your student visa application, go here:
Studying at U of T (University of Toronto) or McGill (Montréal) you would pay about ~ $ 5,000 in tuition plus living costs. Studying in Canada, you can also seek part time jobs, work as an intern in your chosen field and, with a bit of luck – after graduation walk “straight across the street” into your new job – the one you studied so hard for.
I apologize for not being entirely supportive of your efforts to study at UCLA but, face it, it is a large and crass world out there.
It is cheaper to study in Europe. Try Sweden or Denmark – they offer oodles of English speaking curricula.
What other cities are close by Los Angeles where the cost of living isn’t as expensive as L.A.?
I know that it would be unrealistic to believe that there is a cheap place to live in the state of California, but there must be another city/county that is closer to Los Angeles (particularly downtown) that doesn’t cost as much to live in Los Angeles. So far, I am only discovering Santa Clarita to have decent prices for apartments to rent. I am currently residing in Redlands, California which is San Bernardino County, but the amount of time and the cost to commute to Downtown Los Angeles (where I work) is ridiculous! Can anyone recommend another city that is close by Los Angeles (not necessarily in L.A. County) that the cost of living isn’t as high as Los Angeles and the commute isn’t as bad as 2 hours of commuting time as well?? I am desperate to find this information out because my family and I just moved here from Virginia. Please help (that means only serious answers please)!
I am searching for a two-bedroom, two-bath within the range of $1,100 – $1,395.
Most places in L.A. You can find a place for that cost.
I live in Glendale and it has apartments for that cost. Many times the apartments you see listed online like on apartments.com are only the high-rent ones.
Glendale area I know for a fact has 2 bedrooms for $1200. I actually rent a 2 bedroom for $650 (but it’s really really crappy).
Glendale is right above downtown L.A. So it’s a perfect location for your family. It’s fairly nice and not as expensive as some areas.
The good thing about Los Angeles is that there are apartments EVERYWHERE. There are more apartments than houses. You are just not looking the right places.
Here’s some listings for ALL of Los Angeles – I totally reccomend that you use this site. Apartments.com and Rent.com are useless.
Here’s a few I found for Glendale:
North Hollywood which is Northwest of Downtown –
Pasadena which is next to Glendale / Downtown –
Please email me I can tell you in detail about every neighborhood. What races live there, how safe they are, prices, etc.
where do gay college students live in los angeles, How can I find a place?
I know that West Hollywood is the gay village and where a lot of gay people live but I looked at the apartment prices and they are VERY expensive for a college student can afford, if anything if they do, then they have to having a roommate. Im gay and Im wondering where to live in LA that rent is just a tad bit cheaper. I know that LA rent is expensive in general, but i just still want to know safe areas in LA for gays
Anywhere they want to live. Although there are areas with larger concentrations of gays, in general you will not have issues in most of SoCal. People in LA are diverse and mostly accepting. I’ll give you the same advice I give anyone new to the area: live as close to work/school as possible. Everything you have heard about the traffic is true.
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