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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

September 26, 2012

Mark asks…

Me and my best friend are thinking about moving to LA together?

We are from a small southwest Michigan town and we want to move to California, probably near Los Angeles. We’re going to road trip there and then stay in an apartment, and find jobs to support us.

We’ve never been to California and I was wondering if anyone could give us advice on what city to live in thats in the surrounding area of Los Angeles thats the safest for two newcomers. We have no clue what we’re doing but we are fresh out of High School and looking for a new life.

I really would like some insight on what city to live in (safest) and maybe if you know of a decent and cheap apartment complex near LA?

Administrator answers:

We get about a dozen questions EVERY day from teens just out of high school that want to move to California, because you think living here will be the same way you see portrayed on stupid television programs. WRONG!

Los Angeles is one of the MOST expensive U.S cities to live in. There are NO “cheap” apartments here. The cost of living is probably double what it is in Michigan. You would need a 2 Bdrm apartment which would start in the $1500 a month range, and move in costs would be about triple that. However, without a job NO landlord will rent to you.

Los Angeles also has a 12% unemployment rate, one of the highest in the country. You will find getting a job almost impossible because you would be competing for every job with hundreds of unemployed college grads for those same jobs. (guess who would get hired first if a job did become available?)

Without a college degree all you could look forward to is a minimum wage job (if you can find one) and you can NOT survive in L.A on that little.amount of income. To barely exist you would need a monthly income of around $3,000. That would be to just scrape by with nothing left over.

I have a better plan for you, and your BFF. STAY HOME. Go to college. Get an education, and some real world working experience. Save as much money as possible. Once you’ve done that, and have AT LEAST $10,000 each saved to get you established here (which will only last you about 2 months in L.A.) then consider moving, but NOT before!

Paul asks…

Im moving to Cali, Advice?

I’m moving from New York to California in about two months. I’ve been looking for a 2BD apartment in LA, Specifically in Santa Monica, West Hollywood or somewhere around there. I have never left the east coast nor do I know anybody that has so I tried to do some research on the Internet to check out prices on apartments. I’ve looked on Craigslist and I’ll find some really expensive apartments and then I’ll find some cheap decent apartments/condos/townhouses but im not sure if they are scams or if you can really find a 2bedroom for less than a grand — It seemed to good to be true /: I’m just wondering if it is really expensive to live in the part of Los Angeles I want to live in? Maybe suggest some cheaper areas near? ANY information would be helpful and greatly appreciated!

* ANY information on Los Angeles, CA in general would be helpful also!
Thanks (:
I apologize for calling California ” Cali “, I didn’t know it was that big of a deal. I have very little knowledge on the state and Google doesn’t tell you those things (:

Administrator answers:

Yes. PLEASE do NOT call our state “Cali.” Cali is a drug cartel city in Columbia, South America, and many of us find that term insulting. Saying Cali is like tattooing the word “Tourist” on your forehead. Just because some geographically challenged rapper used it in a “song” and east coast idiots started using the term doesn’t mean it’s correct. We laugh at people who use it.

If you are going to Southern California call it So Cal.

Sharon asks…

serious answers only please, am I being realistic would this even be possible or is it a lost cause?

I’m a high school drop out, and almost poor. I dropped out to help my mom out and watch my little sister while she worked cause we don’t have other family or dads and my mom cant afford daycare. I’m 21 years old now, still no high school diploma and we’re living on welfare. We live in Southern California and it’s way too expensive here so my mom is moving to Tennessee. I on the other hand love it here. I’ve wanted to live in Los Angeles since I was a child. Except I have no job experience no license no diploma and I’m suffering chronic depression so I feel like a lost cause. In your opinions people with living experience like people who live on their own or have struggled too, do you think if I really put my mind to it I could get a job and a cheap cheap apartment in LA maybe with a roommate and make it on my own within a couple months or is that too short a tim to live on my own? I never really lived in reality cause my mom my whole life has kept me in my house so I have no idea what its like to be out there on my own, I just don’t want to leave California.

also with no experience is there any job I could get anyways like could I live on my own in a very cheap apartment (I’ve looked some up for about 600 a month) or with a roommate as a cashier?
I know I sound stupid. I kinda am. My mom won’t talk to me about this cause we don’t get along to well right now and I’m desperate for someone to kinda tell me how it is living in the real world.

Administrator answers:

Most people who ask this question are unprepared, unrealistic, with no money, no experience, no skills, and no plan.You seem to fit the bill. The only difference is that you are already living here. I’m sure that dropping out of high school seemed like a good idea at the time: School’s a drag, they have all those rules, etc. However, you’d be surprised at how many employers won’t hire you without at LEAST a high school dipoloma. And most employers want a college degree. And guess what? They are calling the shots, because so many people are out of work, here is the hierarchy (I could almost say hire-archy):
1, College grads with experience
2. New college grads
3. High school grads
4. High school dropouts

My advice is to get a GED asap. Then get a driver’s license. Get off your @$$, grow up, and get a job, THEN move out. You may have to do some of that from Tennessee. Time to stop sponging off mom, and be an adult. You’ll find you get a lot more respect when you can pull your own weight.

Don’t try to live in LA on your own right now. It’s a recipe for disaster. Here’s what I tell the average person:

You need a plan: First item on the agenda is rent. A decent 1BR apartment in LA currently goes for $1200, give or take. Nicer areas and areas closer to the beach are much higher. Don’t expect to move to Santa Monica and get an apartment on the beach for that much. Or Toluca Lake, or Beverly Hills.

Next, you will need a car. Los Angeles is VERY spread out, and train service is extremely limited. If you don’t have a car, you will have to take a bus, which takes 3 times longer to get anywhere than a car.

All told, it generally takes about $3,000 per month to live here. If you don’t have a job that pays that much or skills that can get you that kind of job, stay where you are. If you are unskilled and work for minimum wage (or for tips like bartending or waiting tables), you’ll only make about $1200 per month.

And speaking of jobs, they are rather hard to come by now. College grads seeking employment are having a very tough time of it right now, since the job market is flooded with experienced people who were laid off. Unemployment is over 12% right now. Not exactly the kind of job market you want to move into.

Finally, you will need money. Landlords want first month’s rent and a security deposit up front. You’ll need money for food, transportation, utilities, etc. The consensus in this forum is that you need about $10,000 to start out.

So there’s your plan. And please don’t tell us that you have dreams of being an actor or singer. That sets off another alarm. We already have a million (literally) wannabe actors in this town. Don’t even get me started.

If you are looking for safer areas, go look at www.lalife.com and read the maps. Or check out neighborhoodscout.com.

William asks…

serious answers only please, am I being realistic would this even be possible or is it a lost cause?

I’m a high school drop out, and almost poor. I dropped out to help my mom out and watch my little sister while she worked cause we don’t have other family or dads and my mom cant afford daycare. I’m 21 years old now, still no high school diploma and we’re living on welfare. We live in Southern California and it’s way too expensive here so my mom is moving to Tennessee. I on the other hand love it here. I’ve wanted to live in Los Angeles since I was a child. Except I have no job experience no license no diploma and I’m suffering chronic depression so I feel like a lost cause. In your opinions people with living experience like people who live on their own or have struggled too, do you think if I really put my mind to it I could get a job and a cheap cheap apartment in LA maybe with a roommate and make it on my own within a couple months or is that too short a tim to live on my own? I never really lived in reality cause my mom my whole life has kept me in my house so I have no idea what its like to be out there on my own, I just don’t want to leave California.

also with no experience is there any job I could get anyways like could I live on my own in a very cheap apartment (I’ve looked some up for about 600 a month) or with a roommate as a cashier?
I know I sound stupid. I kinda am. My mom won’t talk to me about this cause we don’t get along to well right now and I’m desperate for someone to kinda tell me how it is living in the real world.

Administrator answers:

You could try to become live-in caregiver / companion for an elderly person.
In this way you will not be completely on your own first, will have a place to live and will start building your life step by step.

James asks…

CHEAPEST APARTMENTS IN LOS ANGELES?

I am looking for the cheapest places to rent in los angeles, I dont mind if it is an extremely bad area, I am used to that, also crime is not a problem for me. I know how to defend myself, do please no warnings about safety. I am looking for a predominately latino neighborhood, since I am latino myself. What are some of the prices of the cheapest apartments? And I also do not care if they are clean or well taken care of.

Administrator answers:

East Los Angeles is cheap and Latino

Click on a city in the Census report and it will give you all the facts you want

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06037.html

Mary asks…

is $1000 or $2000 too much for an apartment in los los angeles CA?

can u let me know how much you should spend on a apartment if your looking for an cheap apartment

Administrator answers:

The $1000 one does not even exist. $2000 is about average

Lizzie asks…

What are some tips about living in America/Los Angeles?

I currently live in new Zealand and i have an opportunity to move to LA for a job and i was wondering how different things would be. like how often do you pay rent? how often do you get paid? food costs. what area has cheap BUT NICE apartments? just any really generic info you could give me would be super appreciated :)

thanks in advance :)

Administrator answers:

To move here and take a job requires an American company to sponsor you. I’m a bit skeptical because California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. Why would they import someone from New Zealand with so many unemployed Americans looking for work? But what ever.

If that is the case most U.S employers pay either twice a month ( 24 checks a year) or every 2 weeks (26 checks a year). Government civil service jobs usually pay once a month.

Rent is usually collected once a month, and a one year lease is often customary. Rents in the Los Angeles area start in the $1000-1100 per month U.S dollars range. “Close to the Beach” is VERY expensive as is anything considered a “view”, property. In Los Angeles “cheap” does not exist. It’s supply & demand in action.

Food is expensive by U.S standards. California grows much of America’s fruits and vegetables, but most are shipped to other states. The price of milk is regulated.

California is NOT warm all year long as many believe. We do have a noticeable Winter, but it doesn’t snow because the elevation is too low. You will not see celebrities walking around town. Most protect their privacy, and avoid the general public. Los Angeles covers a vast area so a car is almost a necessity. Public transportation is poor, and slow. It’s only usable if you don’t need to travel and great distance. The legal drinking age is 21. Does any of that help? If you need more Information just ask.

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