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July 17, 2019 / By Sheena
Question: I'm 17 years old and a senior in high school. Next summer, after I graduate, me and a friend of mine are going to move to Los Angeles, or the surrounding area. We'll be roomates, so we'll split the costs of living between us. We obviously want to live in a safe neighborhood and we want to be close to all the LA action :] Any tips for where we can get good paying jobs and good neighborhoods to live in would be great! Also any tips on transportation and LA in general would be wonderful Thanks!
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Paula Paula | 10 days ago
Hi there! I'm 24 and I decided to move to LA about a year ago. I just wanted to give you some information about my move. I didn't know much about LA before I moved here so I wasn't sure about where to live. I decided to get an apartment in Sherman Oaks, which is about 15 minutes from downtown Hollywood via the 101 freeway. So it's not far, but remember that traffic can get very bad!! I pay $1300 a month for a 625 square foot apartment. Now, even split up, this can be a huge chunk of your monthly pay. Since you don't have a job lined up or any ideas, that can be very daunting. I have a college degree and had a tough time finding a job that pays enough to make rent each month. I also have a second weekend job just to make ends meet. So a negative part of living here is finding a safe place to live that you can afford. There are much cheaper places in Hollywood and North Hollywood, but they are usually very small with no designated parking spots. This can get very frustrating because I have driven around Hollywood looking for a spot to park for over an hour before. Also, it's really not safe to walk around at night in HW by yourself, especially with all the strange people on the streets. But anyway, LA is fun and there is a lot to do, but you kinda have to have the extra money to do it with. Gas is around $3.90 or so right now, it's gone down a lot. LA has a metro train line that is ok, but stops running around 1 or so in the morning, even on the weekends. What else? I would try to visit the area at least before you move so you can see where you may want to live/work/play etc. I used Act 1, a temp. agency when I first came so maybe they can set you up with a decent job. Moving here is a big decision and it's really important you realize how expensive it is. I didn't really do my homework, and I'm paying for it now. Hope this helped (even if it is negative, it's realistic), and good luck!
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Paula Originally Answered: Does my moving/living budget seem realistic. Moving from Sacramento CA to Detroit Mi?
This is really really really hard to read. No, it's not going to cost $1500 to drive out to MI. Fuel will cost $300-$400. Mom is paying the hotel rooms and you shouldn't be spending more than $10 a day in food. Stay at hotels with free breakfast (Choice hotels, Hampton Inns). There is no way you are going to spend $75/month on "supplies", unless you are buying some very very expensive tampons or you use a bottle of cleaning solution a day. I just bought a 36 pack of double roll toilet paper at Costco for $15. 40 Tampax tampons are $7 at drugstore.com. Generic branded ones at your grocery store will be even cheaper. Trader Joe's sells two bars of soap for like $3. We go through maybe a bar of soap a month, two people. Google "homemade cleaning supplies" and you can use thigns like baking soda, bleach, vinegar, and ammonia to clean just about everything in your house for way less expensive than Windex, Pine Sol, and Mr Clean. You need to check out how much utilties actually are. $300 seems high for a place thats under $600. $200/month for food is kinda high for one person. Buying generics, cutting out meat, and making your own meals should decrease this by half, at least. Instead of buying canned veggies, buy fresh on sale veggies. Instead of buying canned beans, buy dried bulk and rehydrate them yourself. By bulk rice, bulk cereal, and whatever else you can. No prepackaged meals. Shop Farmer's markets, shop local (locally produced items), and even advertise on Craig's List that you would love to buy from someone's private garden. Say something like "Starving college student would love to buy your garden leftovers. Trying to save money. I'd be interested in any produce or eggs you need to get rid of." I'd happily fill a basket with tomatoes or apples or blueberries for you if it meant they aren't going to waste. Finally, hit a Dollar Store the second you get there. It's a great place to get cleaning supplies, soda, and even some foods.

Marian Marian
Where are you going to get good paying jobs? Nowhere! A HS diploma is about as useful as a sheet of toilet paper in getting a job here. You need skills and experience to make the money here. You'll be working for minimum wage ($8 per hour), and you two will STILL be eating a lot of Ramen noodles. We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe". However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It's all about supply and demand: If it's in SoCal, then it's not going to be cheap to begin with. If it's a safe area, then it's more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it. 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-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 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. "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, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth. 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.
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Kodey Kodey
Yes- stay out of LA its self, crime is really high and living is either dirt cheap and there for scary or extremely high you'd have to be a doc or something. I'd def check out the surrounding areas because there are some very nice neighborhoods surrounds LA that are pretty inexpensive and safe to live in. Apt's in LA are going to go for around $1,000 minimum if you want a decent place where your not going to get shot or raped lol jk, but seriously around a grand a month. I'd stay more north of LA weather wise and better living wise :). I cant think of the city names right off the top of my head but def stay north like an hour out and you'll be ok :) if you go apt hunting down there talk w/the neighbors if you get the chance as well to really get a feel for the potential neighborhood and people you'll might be living next too :) Good luck and be safe!
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Jasmyn Jasmyn
Basically, stay out of East LA, Compton, and Watts. The rest of the city is OK. I'd suggest you get a place near a rail line, since driving here is a pain. The train system is fairly limited though. If you want to be close to the action, check out West Hollywood. But I should warn you that it's going to be difficult to support yourself, even if you split rent. You'll probably have to share a studio or something.
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Evalyn Evalyn
move to LA in a safe neighborhood? neva happen charlie.. your best bet is to stay at home, go to college, get a degree and then move here when you get a job.... HS grads earn minimum wage up to 12 dollars an hr... and figuring rent will average 1000 - 1500 a month and utilities will be about 200 a month car insurance is about 3000+ for under 25 yo's. you do the math. ahhh! I still see oman hasn't learned the art of originality yet
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Coco Coco
ANTM doesn't know what she's talking about. She said "stay out of L.A. itself." L.A. is a large city with many very nice neighborhoods. I live in West Los Angeles...Wilshire and Bundy...and this is a more than decent neighborhood.
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Coco Originally Answered: Moving to Los Angeles.?
For $500 you can live in Fantasyland. Tell them Walt sent you. Seriously, you really haven't done any research, have you? SoCal is famous for the occasional earthquake. People mistakenly believe California will fall off into the ocean, but that's a physical impossibility. We see this over and over in this section: Everyone hears about the great weather in SoCal, then starts looking for the "cheap, clean, and safe". It's all about supply and demand: If it's in SoCal, then it's not going to be cheap to begin with. If it's clean and safe, then it's more expensive. 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, and enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. A single/studio apartment in a decent neighborhood will cost about $900-$1000, a 1BR around $1200, and a 2BR around $1500. Nicer neighborhoods cost more, and if you want to live by the beach, you can almost double those numbers. "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, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth. Along the beach: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV, Seal Beach (OC), Huntington Beach (OC), Newport Beach (OC), Corona Del Mar (OC), Laguna Beach (OC), Dana Point (OC), Capistrano Beach (OC), San Clemente (OC). In Orange County aka "The OC": 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, Ventura This is not an all-inclusive list, but it's a start.

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