Anonymous asked: sorry this is random, but i was wondering how you like living in LA? i am trying to move out there but im on a budget and am trying to find a good place 2 find an apt (around $1000) any tips you can give me? or any advice to adjusting to LA life? thanks!
Aw it’s not random at all, I love these kinds of questions. But I love living in LA! The art, culture, restaurants, music…it’s all amazing. I answered another question detailing my favorite spots if you look through my older posts. I’m on a budget too because I’m in college, and it’s not hard at all to find affordable places to live, eat, shop, see plays and shows, and everything else. I live by Venice with a roommate, and splitting our rent we pay a little over 900$ a month with utilities, and our place is pretty nice. Getting a roommate will really help you out with rent, but if you need to live alone that’s very doable too, you just might need to lower your neighborhood standards.
I’d need to know where you’re moving from to give you better advice about adjusting to life here, but be prepared for two things: traffic (it’s really unavoidable and can be so incredibly draining, and I’ve been driving in it for years now!) and a major lack of good public transportation. I work at the Urban Outfitters in Santa Monica and my coworkers who don’t drive take the bus, and they tell me it can be sketchy but it gets you where you need to go fairly well. I’d still recommend a car if you can get one - it’ll save you a lot of waiting and it’s safer. People drive everywhere here, the car culture is insane compared to other places. Also, people here are generally very liberal. We have a good amount of conservative people too, but yes, the majority of us love the gays and organic everything. If you’re not very open to that, it’s going to be hard to avoid. Another thing to consider is that there is literally every ethnicity and religion you can imagine here, which I love, but if you’re not used to that it can be a bit of a culture shock. Most people here are generally really nice. I’ve traveled to a lot of cities, and LA actually has the nicest strangers in my opinion. Overall, living so close to the beach and our culture, music scene, and nightlife makes little things like the traffic and pollution seem like they’re not a big deal. It’s a wonderful city to live in. I hope this advice helped you! Anything else you want to know, just ask! xxxx