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Old 01-10-2012, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA
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I'm 19, currently on my 2nd year in college here in Georgia. I'm looking to put some money away and move out West during the Summer.

Backstory: I'm not on a "the grass is probably greener elsewhere" kick, even though I admit I can't stand where I'm at. I'm just looking to move out since I chose to live with my dad in order to cut back on campus living costs. I figured if I'm going to move out I may as well leave and try a new location.

I'd like to know where in Southern California is most suitable for a college student out on his/her own. I'm mindful that I'll have to be accepted into a school first, but I think I have that covered.

The whole thing is just weighing on my mind; this is something I know I want to do and it'll be one of the most challenging things I've ever gone through. I've tossed out the idea over the years to my parents and I can tell they aren't confident that I'll even get passed the planning stages.

Any advice you may have on relocating, living, and existing in Southern California would be appreciated.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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Advice? Don't!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA
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Advice? Don't!
May I ask why not?
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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May I ask why not?
Ignore that kind of statement.
There are nay-sayers on the California forum.
Are you attached to Southern California and, if so, why?
I only ask because there are a couple of options that are not in SoCal and you may be limiting your options.
I'm more familiar with and much prefer the central coast.
Check out UCSC in Santa Cruz and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Both are on the central coast and both are great towns.
If you're stuck on SoCal, i can't be of much help.

Cal Poly - Welcome to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

University of California, Santa Cruz
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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Many reasons, chief among them for you right now being cost. Beyond that, culture shock, unemployment and the fact that reality is a far cry from movie and television portrayals.

Finish your education, find a job and then move. And by the way, I am a native.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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Ignore that kind of statement.
There are nay-sayers on the California forum.
Read on, MacDuff. Or are you the only poster to whom he should pay heed and drink the kool-aid with?
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Many reasons, chief among them for you right now being cost. Beyond that, culture shock, unemployment and the fact that reality is a far cry from movie and television portrayals.

Finish your education, find a job and then move. And by the way, I am a native.
If he can afford the cost and isn't deluded about California, then it's perfectly reasonable that he wants to go to school on the west coast.
Culture shock? Not a good reason especially for someone so young.
Unemployment? He just wants to go to school for pete's sake.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Read on, MacDuff. Or are you the only poster to whom he should pay heed and drink the kool-aid with?
I support people's dreams and try to share with them any little thing that i may know while at the same time sharing some common sense stuff.
I don't just dismiss people due to my own attitudes and beliefs.
I try to live by the golden rule.
If i were asking a question on another forum and i got a response like yours, i wouldn't appreciate it very much.
To just say, "Don't" is lame and not helpful.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I'm 19, currently on my 2nd year in college here in Georgia. I'm looking to put some money away and move out West during the Summer.

Backstory: I'm not on a "the grass is probably greener elsewhere" kick, even though I admit I can't stand where I'm at. I'm just looking to move out since I chose to live with my dad in order to cut back on campus living costs. I figured if I'm going to move out I may as well leave and try a new location.

I'd like to know where in Southern California is most suitable for a college student out on his/her own. I'm mindful that I'll have to be accepted into a school first, but I think I have that covered.

Any advice you may have on relocating, living, and existing in Southern California would be appreciated.
Mike: Don't listen to the overly negative people on this board. You have every right to follow YOUR DESIRES.

Having said that, you shoud prepare yourself for the sticker shock of HIGHER housing costs, etc. Of course, that is what you are doing by coming here. So congrats to you on that front.

I think one thing you need to think about FIRST is what school (or schools) will suit your interests. If you are undecided in terms of major you should still think about what school you want to go to (for possible majors, location, etc).

Do you have any idea what school(s) you are going to apply to? That will help us give you more detailed, specific suggestions about cost of living, etc.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Personally I think college is a great time to try living in a new city or state - and millions of college students do exactly that every year. Going to school means you've got easy access to places to live, and if you qualify, financial aid to help with living expenses. I can't think of another time in life when it's easier to experience living in a new place. And it's all based on the semester or quarter system, so if you hate the new place, you can move back home easily when the semester/quarter ends!

That said, if you come to California for school, be prepared to pay out-of-state tuition. And it's expensive! Before you spend much time researching majors, or cities, or how to relocate, I would check out how much that out-of-state tuition will cost you. The extra cost used to be minimal, and could be avoided entirely by spending a year in California first, before starting school - but the rules are much stricter now, and there's no easy way around paying it. I have a cousin, who grew up in another state, and she's now back in California for school, and will have to pay the out-of-state tuition for her entire four years of college. The rules are strict!
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