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How Much Does It Cost To Move To LA?

I’ve been really enjoying this blog. I recently graduated from college and I’m saving up some cushion cash so that I can hopefully relocate to Los Angeles by the end of the summer. I have two quick questions:

1. I’m still confused as to how much money should be saved prior to moving. I’ve talked with some people who say save enough to expect 6 months of unemployment, and I’ve heard others say to save just $1500 to $2000. I have some friends who’s couch I can crash on temporarily once I’m out there, but regardless, what do you think is an exact figure of what I should save???

2. I’ve written one feature-length screenplay and I’m going to work on a second this summer. These are just first drafts subject to some rewrites, but I do have one or two connections in LA that maybe able to read it. The thing is I’m only 21. Based on your experience, would you say that I will automatically be dismissed by industry-types due to my young age??

Thanks again for all the helpful info on this site!

1. $4000 – $5000 TOTAL.

You’ll need $1500 to $2000 in cash just to get into an apartment; most landlords require first and last month’s rent as a deposit.

In addition, you’ll need $2000 – $3000 in cash or credit to get by until you land a job. It can take up to a year to land an industry job, but if you’re willing to work a non-industry job in the meantime, you can land something within a couple of months.

Here’s a list of average monthly expenses.

2. As far as your age — not a factor.

Best of luck!

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Moving to LA? Here’s A List Of Great Neighborhoods

I’m getting ready to move to LA. I’ve narrowed it down to:

Echo Park
Silver Lake
Korea Town
Hollywood East/West
Studio City
Valley Village
Sherman Oaks
and North Hollywood

Are there any places you have strong feelings for or against?

The good news is, all of these neighborhoods are well located for working on lots. Studio City, Valley Village, and Sherman Oaks are great. I’m not all that familiar with the other neighborhoods, so I asked the hubs for his advice:

Echo Park
Not bad, but a little edgy. Fine for a guy. Artsy. Close to Dodger Stadium.

Silver Lake
Super artsy, cool, lots of young people like it.

Korea Town
I wouldn’t recommend it to all but the most seasoned city dweller. Like if you were coming from three years in Brooklyn, you could live there.

Hollywood East/West
West Hollywood is great. East Hollywood is pretty sketchy, but really depends on the block.

North Hollywood
Great.

What neighborhoods do you recommend?

Sigalert.com – LA Traffic Updates

Yesterday, KeyPA.net wrote this great post on LA traffic and directions, which reminded me to post a link to Sigalert.com.

Sigalert.com provides (almost) real-time traffic updates.  It will even estimate your travel time, based on current traffic.  It’s basically my home page.

Enjoy!

LA Surface Street Shortcuts

Another great post from Mike DeHart at KeyPA.net.  Print it out.  Put it in your glove box.

LA Driving Shortcuts

Almost all entry level entertainment jobs involve some driving around LA. Knowing how to get around quickly is a great way to get noticed. These shortcuts come to us courtesy of our friends at A1 Courier they definitely know they”re way around, hit em up next time your asked to call a courier.

Beverly Hills to West Hollywood
If you’re at Olympic and Beverwil, go south on Beverwil, then turn left on Whitworth Dr. Go east till you get to either Fairfax or La Cienega Blvd. It’s a short cut in the truest sense, and it gets you from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood fast.

Beverly Hills to Hollywood
Victoria sends us this great tip, “My most useful shortcut in getting from Beverly Hills to Hollywood without getting caught up in Sunset traffic is to take Holloway to La Cienega, and then cut up to Fountain, which then runs parallel to Sunset to La Brea. (It’s the west-of-La-Brea version of the Franklin shortcut through Hollywood.) Fountain is almost always faster than Sunset. When it isn’t, you can just pop up to Sunset again quite easily.”

Beverly Hills to Santa Monica
Proceed west on either Olympic Blvd. or Pico and go left at Overland. If you d ecided to take Pico, you might want to go left before Overland, onto Manning, then left on Ashby and right on Overland. Once you’re roceeding south on Overland, get on the 10 Freeway West. In less then 5 minutes you’ll have your choice of Santa Monica exits. (In general a courier saves lots of time taking the 10 West whenever they travel from Century City, Westwood, or West Los Angeles.)

Beverly Hills to Universal City or Burbank
Our veteran driver Tez points out that she takes Beverly Drive north to Coldwater Canyon and keeps going north until it merges to Mullholland Drive and comes to Cahuenga Blvd. Tez says, “from this point you can take Cahuenga west until the Barham bridge to Warner Brothers in Burbank, or you can take Lankershim to Universal Studios. Its also easy access to the 134 Freeway to Glendale. This shortcut saves lots of time and mileage with less stress and it offers a beautiful city view.”

Beverly Hills to the 405 Freeway
The first thing you want to do is, get to Olympic Blvd. Once you do, travel west and then turn left at Overland, or if you don’t want to have to “wait” to turn left, turn left on Pelham Ave., right on Tennessee and left on Overland. Take that to the 10 Freeway going West towards Santa Monica. Once you’re on the 10 Freeway start looking for the 405 signs…they’re coming up very fast.

Brentwood to Beverly Hills or West Hollywood
A freeway route would be the 405 south to the 10 east where you could exit at Overland going north. From there, turn right on Olympic Blvd. and turn left on a street just past Century City that would drop you off at a strategic spot on Wilshire Blvd., assuming that’s the Beverly Hills area you’re heading to. But a good surface street route is taking Sunset Blvd. east till you hit Canon Dr. where you would bear right, and turn right again onto Beverly Drive, which would drop you off in the heart of Beverly Hills. The West Hollywood route would involve just going in a more easterly direction beyond Beverly Hills.

Brentwood to Santa Monica
This is not a long ride, but San Vicente is the way to go. From San Vicente Blvd. you can turn left onto a Santa Monica street that makes sense. Perhaps it’s 20th Street, 17th, 14th Street, or Lincoln Blvd., etc.

Century City to Downtown Los Angeles
It’s not worth getting on the freeway for this one. By the time you get on the 10 Freeway at either Manning, Overland or Robertson, you could have already made a dent in the route by just taking Olympic Blvd.

Century City to Santa Monica
Proceed west on either Olympic Blvd. or Pico and go left at Overland. If you decided to take Pico, you might want to go left before Overland, onto Manning, then left on Ashby and right on Overland. Once you’re proceeding south on Overland, get on the 10 Freeway West. In less then 5 minutes you’ll have your choice of Santa Monica exits. (In general a courier saves lots of time taking the 10 West whenever they travel from Century City, Westwood, or West Los Angeles.)

Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood
Go west on 8th Street and pass over the Harbor Freeway and make a right on Hoover and another right on to Rampart Blvd, which you will then take to the Hollywood Freeway.

Hollywood, from East to West
Franklin Avenue is a great way for couriers to get a quick start to the western area of Hollywood, or to West Hollywood. Take Franklin west, go south on La Brea, right on Hollywood Blvd, left on Laurel Ave, right on Fountain and then you’re at La Cienega.

Hollywood, from South to North
Highland is great some of the time. At other times, it’s way to crowded. Try this; from Wilshire Blvd., turn north on Rossmore Ave, which will turn into Vine. This is also good if you’re going through Hollywood the other direction, from north to south.

Hollywood to the Santa Monica Freeway
Crescent Heights Blvd., is the answer. It’s a popular route for everyone, couriers included, but at least there’s no businesses clogging it up, like there are on La Brea, Fairfax or La Cienega. Take Crescent Heights south and turn right on Guthrie Ave, and then left on La Cienega, then follow the signs to the Santa Monica Freeway.

Hollywood to Glendale
Our couriers take Franklin Ave. and then turn left on Serrano Ave, right on Los Feliz all the way to Glendale Ave, where you turn Left. But as, Taleen is so nice to point out; “Keep in mind that there is a “No Left Turn” restriction from Franklin eastbound to Serrano northbound between 4 – 7 PM. Waiting for the Western light is actually a better idea since so many cars can turn per light. Otherwise, stick to Franklin until Edgemont. Also, going west on Los Feliz from Glendale…Vermont is the last left turn before Los Feliz turns left and becomes Western. Berendo is a constant “No left turn” and Edgemont is No Left turn between 7-9 am and 4-6 pm. “Remember, Franklin through the hills past Marshall High school and right on Rowena, left on Hyperion turns into Glendale Blvd. in Atwater and drops you into Glendale without the hassle of Los Feliz. This is also a great cut considering how bad Los Feliz gets after 3 PM.”

Hollywood to Burbank
A great shortcut through the Hollywood Hills is the following; go east on Sunset Blvd., turn left on Gardner St. and right on Franklin Ave. Then go east and turn left on Outpost Drive. Turn right on Mulholland at the top of the hill, then turn left, or more accurately, head north on Cahuenga Blvd., then turn right on Barham Blvd., and before you know it you’re in Burbank.

Hollywood towards Studio City
If you’re coming north from Hollywood on Laurel Canyon, and you need to go east on Ventura Blvd., try turning right onto Sunshine Terrace, just before Ventura Blvd. It’s a great way to avoid cruising
traffic on the Blvd., when you’re in a rush.

Hollywood to LAX
The obvious choice is to take Highland Ave. or La Brea Ave. to the 10 West to the 405 South and exit at Century Blvd. and go east. But, if you’re worried about free-way traffic you can work your way west from Hollywood to La Cienega Blvd. and take that south till you turn right on to Century Blvd.

Mar Vista or West L.A. to UCLA
Our couriers take Veteran Avenue all the way past Wilshire Boulevard and then turn right on Le Conte Avenue. This is a tip our couriers were hesitant to give up.

Marina del Rey to Downtown Los Angeles
Assuming there’s no traffic, the 90 Freeway east to the 405 North to the 10 East would be great. But a fantastic route to consider is getting on the 90 east, till it stops where you would turn right onto Slauson Ave. and take that east till you can either to hop on the 110 Freeway north or you can take Figueroa Street north to your destination. (Slauson Ave. takes you through parts of South Los Angeles…which you might like or — you might not, or maybe it doesn’t matter.)

Marina del Rey to Beverly Hills or Hollywood
If there’s no freeway traffic, the 90 east to the 405 north to the 10 east exiting at Robertson, La Cienega, Fairfax or La Brea is fine, depending on your final destination. However a great use of surface streets in Los Angeles would be to take the 90 east and when it ends, turn right on to Slauson Ave. Go east till you come to La Cienega and go north till you arrive in the Beverly Hills area. If your destination is Hollywood, stay on Slauson Ave. till you come to La Brea Avenue and then turn left. From there, you can go north on La Brea till you get to Hollywood.

San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica
If you’re starting off in Woodland Hills, or even Tarzana, you should take Topanga Canyon Blvd south and turn left on the Pacific Coast Highway. From there you can go up the “California Incline” or stay on P.C.H. until it turns into the 10 Freeway, at which point you can exit at Lincoln Blvd (If the downtown area of Santa Monica is where you’re heading. Also, this route is a good idea if you’re starting in Canoga Park or even Chatsworth.

San Fernando Valley to Westwood & Century City
The obvious choice is the 405 Freeway, but you probably know how problematic that can be when you get towards Sunset Blvd. — no matter what time of day. To avoid this jam up, it might be a good idea to take the 405 part of the way, and get off at Getty Center Drive where you can then take Sepulveda towards Westwood. If you’re proceeding to Century City, turn left on Wilshire and right on Beverly Glen, then left onto Santa Monica Blvd.

San Fernando Valley (Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood) to the Westside or Santa Monica via Surface Streets!
If you know there’s a problem with the 405 South, and therefore, Sepulveda as well, try taking Valley Vista Blvd. east till you get to Woodcliff Road and turn left. Then turn right on Mullholland and left on Roscomare (there’s lot’s of stop signs), till it ends; you’ll bear right on Chalon and that will become Bellagio and end at Sunset Blvd. From there couriers like going east on Sunset past the 405, which if it looks good, maybe you’ll want to get on it, or just proceed east to Bundy Drive and turn left for the Westside but keep going on Sunset if you’re going to Santa Monica and you can turn left on Cliffwood Ave. and right on San Vicente Blvd.

San Fernando Valley starting at the Getty Center & the 405 Freeway
This was sent by a fan of ours, and each messenger that’s tried it likes it! Even if it is a little complicated… “My favorite shortcut is getting on to the 405 North in Bel Air (near the Getty). If the light is red just hang a right at the Bel-Air Grill and make a U-turn at the first stop sign and go straight. The light is synchronized so that the last light to turn green is the one making a left (Northbound lane) and the Westbound cross street always turns green before it. You beat tons of cars onto the freeway and you don’t have to wait at the light. I learned that one from a Super Shuttle driver.”

Santa Monica to Santa Monica (east to west)
There’s two shortcuts for local Santa Monica chores. Taking the 10 Freeway West from the Centinela on ramp between Olympic and Pico is an absolute must if you want to go to downtown Santa Monica. Also, getting off at 5th Street is quicker because there’s less traffic and one less light compared to getting off at 4th Street. (This assumes you’re heading in a northerly direction upon exiting from the Freeway…going to the downtown area, rather then Main Street or Venice, in which case, you would exit at 4th Street and turn left.) Another must do shortcut in Santa Monica, for going east to west, is taking the 10 Freeway West from 20th Street between Olympic Blvd. and Pico Blvd. But don’t speed, because it’s a very popular route for the local SMPD to get back to Police headquarters.

Santa Monica to Marina del Rey
Our couriers love to take 11th Street south till it ends at Marine, where you turn right. Then you take a left on Lincoln and end up bypassing some terrible Lincoln Blvd. traffic, and seven minutes later you’re in Marina del Rey.

Santa Monica to Beverly Hills
First off, if you’re wondering about shortcuts from Santa Monica, to Hollywood, there are none. Our messengers just get on the 10, and get off at La Brea, and go north. But if you’re in Santa Monica and you’re going to Beverly Hills, you can get on the 10 East and get off at Overland and take that north to Pico or Olympic…or if you think the 10 East is going to be bad, which it often is, with an early 3 PM start to rush hour each day, then take Pico east, and when you pass Sepulveda, turn left on a street that you can make a quick left on. This will drop you off at Olympic where you will turn right and then turn left after you pass those tall buildings in Century City, onto a side street that drops you off close to where you want to go. In other words, avoid Wilshire, till you need to be on it. Also, years ago, our courier service was a big fan of Olympic to go east, but not so much anymore. Too many new office buildings equals too much traffic!

Santa Monica to Sherman Oaks, Encino, Van Nuys etc.
If it’s 2 AM, don’t do this. In fact this is only good if you’re in the northern part of Santa Monica and you anticipate traffic congestion. Find your way to Montana Avenue, go left on Westgate and right on Sunset. From there, start hoping that the 405 North is moving. Some of our couriers like to pass the 405 on Sunset and get a view of how it looks. If it’s bad, they do a legal U-Turn in about 150 yards, and then take Sepulveda.

Santa Monica to Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Thousand Oaks
Tez, our veteran speedster offers another important shortcut. “I take P.C.H. North and then turn right on Topanga Canyon Blvd. until it connects to Mullholland Drive. Then I turn left on Mullholland and pass the 101 Freeway and make a left turn on Long Valley Road which takes you directly into Hidden Hills. Or when you come to the 101, you can take that north to Thousand Oaks. The mileage is almost the same if you take the 10 to the 405 to the 101 freeeways, but the best part is that it’s less time and you avoid possible freeway traffic as well as breathing cleaner and fresher air and seeing some stunning scenery.” Yeah Tez!

Santa Monica to Hollywood
Scott B. sends in this tip, which is absolutely right on. He says, “I have the quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Hollywood. Take the 10 East, exit Crenshaw, go left until it dead ends at Wilshire, go left a few a blocks to Rossmore, make a right, take that until it becomes Vine, go about 2 miles and you’re at Hollywood and Vine. I drove that route for 5 years after trying everything else.” A fast messenger we have does add, however, that if you’re going to the western part of Hollywood, you should exit La Brea and go north and then take a right on Edgewood Place, which turns into Highland and take that north.

Venice Blvd/Culver City to Santa Monica or the 405 North
If you find yourself at Venice near La Cienega, the Helms Bakery area and you want to go to Santa Monica or the 10 Freeway West, do not backtrack to the on ramp at Robertson. Instead go a bit out of your way and get ready to perform magic! Go east on Venice and when you go under the freeway, where it looks like there’s no way to find the 10 West, only the 10 East, simply do a legal u-turn at Cadillac and make your first right onto David and you’ll find yourself on one of the only “unadvertised” on ramps to a major Los Angeles freeway, the 10 West. You’ll be in Santa Monica in 5 minutes!

West Hollywood to the Santa Monica Freeway
If you’re going eastbound this is great, and if you plan on taking the Santa Monica Freeway West, it’s not bad either. Take advantage of San Vicente Blvd. (it goes Southeast), and then turn right on Crenshaw till you get to the Santa Monica Freeway.

West Hollywood to Burbank
A great shortcut through the Hollywood Hills is the following; go east on Sunset Blvd., turn left on Gardner St. and right on Franklin Ave. Then go east and turn left on Outpost Drive. Turn right on Mulholland at the top of the hill, then turn left, or more accurately, head north on Cahuenga Blvd., then turn right on Barham Blvd., and before you know it you’re in Burbank.

West Hollywood to Beverly Hills
Assuming you’re near the Beverly Center at 3rd Street and La Cienega, go west on Burton Way (it intersects with La Cienega and is just south of 3rd St.). It will turn into “Little Santa Monica Blvd”., in Beverly Hills. From there you can continue towards Century City as well.

West Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica
The quickest way a messenger will go is to take advantage of the Santa Monica Freeway and enter the 10 West off Centinela, between Olympic & Pico Boulevards. Exit at 5th Street instead of 4th. It’s quicker because you avoid an extra light as well as traffic next to Santa Monica Place.

West Los Angeles to Beverly Hills
Depending on where you are, it’s most likely best to take Olympic Blvd. However, if you’re by Wilshire and Barrington or east of there, it’s best to just take Wilshire Blvd. Cutting down to Olympic to go east, where you’ll have to make a left turn is time consuming. Most importantly, you should go north from Olympic on to a minor street where you can then be in the thick of things in Beverly Hills — that is. HOW TO AVOID TIME CONSUMING LEFT TURNS Our couriers never wait in line to turn left in Los Angeles traffic! What a smart messenger does is quickly determine if they can turn left without having to wait for another light. If you can’t make the light, you should see if you could turn into a driveway of a gas station or 7-11 etc., just past the intersection, on the right. If you can, enter the lot and then exit towards your destination. (See the picture) Don’t forget to look at all the people still waiting in the left hand turn lane wondering how you got in front of them. This is a great shortcut for messengers…and you too!

Freeway Tips

The 10 Freeway (The Santa Monica Freeway)
The 10 Freeway going east past the 405 Freeway has a through traffic exit that is very useful if there’s a heavy traffic. Simply make as if you’re exiting at La Brea, but then follow the signs to remain on the 10 East. This is especially helpful if you see an accident or some type of problem in the first couple of lanes on the far left of the freeway. You could also do the thru traffic trick exiting at Normandie, but if you intend to take the 110 North, it’s not a good idea. In general the Normandie Freeway shortcut is really only a good idea if there’s a noticeable mess on the 10 going east. In other words, there’s no guarantees on this one, as it can backfire if there’s a lot of cars getting on the freeway. The 10 Freeway going west also has a good option. Just make like you’re exiting at Normandie where you could re-enter at Western or Arlington. These are very good short cuts, especially if you see traffic on the 10 West. And that’s an easy thing to see…by turning your head to the…left!
A must do shortcut if you are taking the 10 east from west of downtown Los Angeles, and you intend to stay on the 10, beyond downtown LA, even if you will transition to the Pomona Freeway (The 60 East), is to make sure you stay out of lanes 1,2 or 3. Simply position yourself in lane number 4 and don’t get involved in all the traffic going from the 10 to the 110 North. Some people drive in the first 3 lanes, even if they’re continuing on the 10, only to burden themselves with unnecessary traffic that includes people transitioning to the 110 North.

The 405 Freeway (The San Diego Freeway, why do they call it that?)
When you are going north on the 405, approaching Century Blvd., you can act as if you’re getting off at Century Blvd., but there’s a thru traffic lane that might help if there’s heavy traffic. This way, you might pass a lot of cars as you briefly exit, but then get back on the 405 North.

The 110 Freeway (The Harbor Freeway…the first Freeway in Los Angeles!)
Going north from the 10 East, and the 10 West, there’s a great opportunity to miss lots of freeway traffic by staying in the lane you’ve entered the 110 North on. Don’t worry as you can stay on it all the way till you pass the exits for 4th and 3rd street. This is a great tip, if you’re going to Dodger Stadium, by staying on the 110 for a little while longer (exiting at Academy or Stadium Way), or transferring to the 101 North or South.

Moving to LA? Some Thoughts on Where You Should (and Shouldn’t) Live

Some great advice from Mike DeHart at KeyPA.net:

How to Pick Your Hood

Los Angles is a huge and picking the area you’re going to live in can be easily become overwhelming. Whatever you do DON’T commit to a long lease without seeing the place or the area. Just because other people like it or you saw some cool pictures doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Always trust your gut and NEVER be rushed into signing a lease.

If you can couch surf go fot it! Be sure to ride the free apartment waves courtiously though: clean up, make dinners, offer to help pay some utilities, little things go a long way. Either that or find a month to month apartment or sublet. This will give you the opportunity to get to know LA without any huge commitment. Let’s be honest, you’re first job is most likely going to be some long hard hours, you want to come home to a place you like in an area your comfortable with.

http://www.lalife.com/ and http://www.lapdcrimemaps.org/ are two great resources to get a feel for potential living areas. They aren’t hard and fast guides, remember you’re moving to a city there’s going to be crime. (Stay away from South Central, some places have a reputation for a reason).

Where ever you are thinking about living check out that area out during the daytime, evening and at rush hour. Do you feel comfortable walking around? How far away are potential jobs? Thnk about what’s important to you, check out http://www.walkscore.com/ and get a feel for whats in the neighborhood.

That being said, here’s my two cents when it comes to finding a place in LA.

I highly recommend Burbank, especialy if you’ve never lived or worked in a big city before. It’s safe, clean, friendly and comfortable. Stay away from the areas near the airport and sun valley, but besides that Burbank is a great place to transition to LA life.

Glendale is also a fantastic community, but it can be little far away depending on where you find a job.

In the Valley: I highly recommend Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, or Glendale

North Hollywood is probably where you can get the best bang for your buck, but some areas can get sketchy.

Valley Village, Valley Glen and Van Nuys have some nice areas too, be sure to check out places off of the main roads.

Anywhere in the valley I’d strongly recommend living South of Victory Blvd.

East Side:

I have a lot of friends who love living in Los Feliz, Silverlake and Echo Park.

In the Middle:

Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Koreatown all have great and not so great areas. Stay north fo the 10 freeway.

West Side:

If you love the ocean, Santa Monica or Venice is the place to be. Westwood is the heart of UCLA and is worth looking into. Also check out Palms, or Culver City but be aware of the not some great parts.

Manhatten and Hermosa Beach are both great places but unless you’re working in the area the commute will kill you.

Whatever you do don’t just take my word for it (i’m a valley snob). Go Explore!

Assistant Salaries

How much do Hollywood assistants make?

Like everything in Hollywood, it depends.  It depends on your prior experience; how many years you’ve been with the show; how many years the show has been on the air.  It depends whether it’s a pilot or a series (pilots often pay less) and whether it’s network or cable (network often pays more).  Some assistants are paid hourly, some get built-in overtime, and some are on salary.  Some shows offer benefits; some do not.  But almost every show reimburses mileage, meaning you are paid a certain amount of money for every mile you drive on behalf of the show (delivering scripts, picking up lunch, etc.) and that money adds up.  When I was a PA (five years ago) I was paid $525/wk before taxes.  However, once my mileage was added in, I cleared over $525.

Obviously, it’s impossible for me to tell you exactly what you’ll be making if you’re hired as an assistant; I can only provide you with the information I’ve collected from assistants I know who are currently working in the industry.  And please, if you have any information to add, leave a comment on this post.

Production Assistants (PAs): $550 to $650 per week

Executive Producer’s Assistants: $650 to $800 per week

Writer’s Assistants: $650 – $900 per week

Script Coordinator: $850 – $1000 per week

Network/Studio Assistants: $700 to $850 per week

Agency Assistants: $25,000 to $45,000 per year

The Ants Go Marching One Million By One Million

I’ve spent the last three mornings (my usual blogging time) battling an army of ants. When it rains in the valley, ants infiltrate the homes of everyone I know. If you have a problem with me killing ants, you should stop reading this blog now because I unapologetically spray and smash them. And you will, too, when you find them crawling on your toothbrush.

More Los Angeles Housing Finders

Need a roommate?  Many local colleges and universities publish housing ads in the classified sections of their newspapers.  Happy house hunting!

USC –  The Daily Trojan – Classified

UCLA – The Daily Bruin – Housing Classifieds

Cal State Northridge – Daily Sundial - Housing Classifieds

Loyola Marymount – Los Angeles Loyolan – Classifieds

Pepperdine University – Places4Students

Places4Students.com was created from within a college and university environment by a Marketing & Facilities Manager. We truly have the greatest understanding of student, school, and landlord off-campus housing needs. We are a young, energetic and vibrant company that is bringing a product to the post-secondary market that schools can really use. Places4Students does not charge schools any type of fee and does not charge students to use the web site.

LA City College – Uloop.com – Housing Classifieds

Uloop.com is an online marketplace for college students providing students an online bulletin board to buy and sell textbooks, find housing and roommates, full-time jobs and internships, connect with classmates for carpools, and campus events.

Relocation: Area Codes

Do I need to change my cell phone number when I relocate?

Some people recommend obtaining a local area code for your cell phone to prove to potential employers that you have, in fact, relocated, but it is not necessary.  Many people keep their hometown cell phone numbers for years after relocating.  What is necessary is to list a local address on your application materials.