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Old 02-14-2017, 11:11 PM
 
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For Los Angeles the most central city college is Los Angeles city College. The Metro stop at Santa Monica Blvd/Vermont is the nearest stop. Also LA Trade-Tech where Metro stop on Expo line between USC and Downtown LA. Other city colleges not too far from a Metro stop (like a 10ish minute walk from a Metro stop are Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, East LA College, and Pierce College (but on Orange BRT line in the valley). Most people attend the one nearest to where they live since most are just out of high school and live with parents. Others choose certain ones like PCC and SMC which have a reputation that can get them better chance into top 4 year CA schools like USC, UCLA, UCI, UCSB UCSD, Pepperdine, Cal Poly. But I think most of them can do the same thing. Schools like PCC and SMC attract many hundreds of Foreign Students from all over but mainly Asia. There are others but not familiar if they are close to a Metro stop or how they are in general. Orange county college - I know many that went to USC, UCLA from there but thats in another county.

Los Angeles area has a decent Metro rail system that can take them to many big centers and nightlife areas like Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Koreatown, Pasadena, Long Beach. Using a bus with less than 15 minute ride in conjunction to the Metro will cover a huge portion. And a bus within 30 minutes of a Metro stop you pretty much cover most of the urban LA County area. If you can choose to live with money not a huge long term factor, I would stay nearish a Metro stop and have options to use public transit, or drive if you want or just take a short ride share ride.

While just my opinion the best (most walkable, transit rich NYC or SF type) area is Downtown LA. Downtown is a collection of small-midsize districts the size of midtown Manhattan. It includes Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Fashion, Arts, Financial, Civic districts and others. Even USC and Exposition Park are considered Downtown rather than South Central LA. SO if you want to live in the Downtown each area is unique in feel, vibrancy, and nightlife. Currently not fully connected with lots of dead zones like Parking lots, govt/skyscrapers buildings that are dead on weekends and after 6pm. Downtown is within reasonable commute to ELAC, LACC, LATTC, and not too far from PCC or SMC using Metro. But Downtown for the most part is one of the most expensive rental places in all of LA. You can find something affordable in the innercity hoods like Koreatown, East Hollywood, Westlake, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, area around USC, but you compromise affordability with more crime and less hip vibrant things like hip bars, restaurants. Downtown LA Hollywood, Old Town Pasadena, West Hollywood, Koreatown, Santa Monica Downtown are more or less main areas of nightlife with Bars, Restaurants things to do/see, and/or shopping. Then you got smaller local daylife and nightlife areas like Silver LAke, North Hollywood arts District, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Highland Park, Culver City Downtown, Venice and some others as well. Yeah I just named like a million places, sorry. Too many choices.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:46 PM
 
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For Los Angeles the most central city college is Los Angeles city College. The Metro stop at Santa Monica Blvd/Vermont is the nearest stop. Also LA Trade-Tech where Metro stop on Expo line between USC and Downtown LA. Other city colleges not too far from a Metro stop (like a 10ish minute walk from a Metro stop are Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, East LA College, and Pierce College (but on Orange BRT line in the valley). Most people attend the one nearest to where they live since most are just out of high school and live with parents. Others choose certain ones like PCC and SMC which have a reputation that can get them better chance into top 4 year CA schools like USC, UCLA, UCI, UCSB UCSD, Pepperdine, Cal Poly. But I think most of them can do the same thing. Schools like PCC and SMC attract many hundreds of Foreign Students from all over but mainly Asia. There are others but not familiar if they are close to a Metro stop or how they are in general. Orange county college - I know many that went to USC, UCLA from there but thats in another county.

Los Angeles area has a decent Metro rail system that can take them to many big centers and nightlife areas like Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Koreatown, Pasadena, Long Beach. Using a bus with less than 15 minute ride in conjunction to the Metro will cover a huge portion. And a bus within 30 minutes of a Metro stop you pretty much cover most of the urban LA County area. If you can choose to live with money not a huge long term factor, I would stay nearish a Metro stop and have options to use public transit, or drive if you want or just take a short ride share ride.

While just my opinion the best (most walkable, transit rich NYC or SF type) area is Downtown LA. Downtown is a collection of small-midsize districts the size of midtown Manhattan. It includes Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Fashion, Arts, Financial, Civic districts and others. Even USC and Exposition Park are considered Downtown rather than South Central LA. SO if you want to live in the Downtown each area is unique in feel, vibrancy, and nightlife. Currently not fully connected with lots of dead zones like Parking lots, govt/skyscrapers buildings that are dead on weekends and after 6pm. Downtown is within reasonable commute to ELAC, LACC, LATTC, and not too far from PCC or SMC using Metro. But Downtown for the most part is one of the most expensive rental places in all of LA. You can find something affordable in the innercity hoods like Koreatown, East Hollywood, Westlake, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, area around USC, but you compromise affordability with more crime and less hip vibrant things like hip bars, restaurants. Downtown LA Hollywood, Old Town Pasadena, West Hollywood, Koreatown, Santa Monica Downtown are more or less main areas of nightlife with Bars, Restaurants things to do/see, and/or shopping. Then you got smaller local daylife and nightlife areas like Silver LAke, North Hollywood arts District, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Highland Park, Culver City Downtown, Venice and some others as well. Yeah I just named like a million places, sorry. Too many choices.
No, thank you so much. I really appreciate that because I have made a firm decision on LA. I plan on living in the Downtown area, so hopefully everything works out.

I will visit there in a couple of weeks to look at and check a few places out and then make a firm decision on neighborhood
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:12 PM
 
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Nice choice, welcome to L.A. When you get here.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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Nice choice, welcome to L.A. When you get here.
Hey, thanks! Just one question.

If anyone here reccomended a place to live would Downtown be alright? I should have a car, but probably not for the first couple months ( i have to come back to NJ/NY area for a wedding and planned on getting it then) would living Downtown be ok with no car?

In general is Koreatown or Hollywood better options? Im talking for things like: walkability, service industry opportunities, nightlife.

Ive also contemplated getting a bike as well
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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California is again trying to extend last call to 4 AM with the "Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act". That would be a huge boon to LA nightlife.

Last call at California bars could be 4 a.m. under proposed law - LA Times
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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California is again trying to extend last call to 4 AM with the "Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act". That would be a huge boon to LA nightlife.

Last call at California bars could be 4 a.m. under proposed law - LA Times
They already have that late hour call in Downtown LA. It wouldn't affect Downtown LA.
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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They already have that late hour call in Downtown LA. It wouldn't affect Downtown LA.
What late hour call? Bars stop serving alcohol at 1:30 downtown.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Will someone please be honest with the OP before they get swallowed up.
I don't care what you're getting for housing....YOU CANNOT AFFORD THOSE CITIES.
Take a visit to anyone of those cities and notice the homeless demographic. Notice their age, the families.
I don't want you to experience that.
I'm from San Diego, lived in L.A for years. These places are nothing to play with.
And expecially the requirements you mentioned....there's 20 million people there shooting for those same requirements.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:35 PM
 
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Will someone please be honest with the OP before they get swallowed up.
I don't care what you're getting for housing....YOU CANNOT AFFORD THOSE CITIES.
Take a visit to anyone of those cities and notice the homeless demographic. Notice their age, the families.
I don't want you to experience that.
I'm from San Diego, lived in L.A for years. These places are nothing to play with.
And expecially the requirements you mentioned....there's 20 million people there shooting for those same requirements.
I don't quite follow. Housing is a substantial burden lifted
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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Hey, thanks! Just one question.

If anyone here reccomended a place to live would Downtown be alright? I should have a car, but probably not for the first couple months ( i have to come back to NJ/NY area for a wedding and planned on getting it then) would living Downtown be ok with no car?

In general is Koreatown or Hollywood better options? Im talking for things like: walkability, service industry opportunities, nightlife.

Ive also contemplated getting a bike as well


I think it is best to ask this question in the Los Angeles city data forum, though I find that forum to be quite the anti-LA vibe with more people complaining than complimenting. Mostly a liberal-conservative thing.

But if you want to know what Downtown is like there are several facebook groups with names like DTLA, DTLA development which are the main ones. But it is mostly people who work and live there expressing ideas and opinons and it is not always in agreement. But youll learn what is going on in the hood, and what is opening or under construction.

Also some blogs like skyscraperpage /skyscrapercity com foums which mainly show developments/construction type info but posts lots of current pictures.

The Downtown LA news paper is a local one called ladowntownnews dot com. Excellent source of with articles of new restaurants, bars, and so on. Check it out and youll see maps and where the different streets of nightlife are in Downtown.

I would live in Downtown but im a urban city person. Many areas in Downtown arent that sketchy and feel safe/safeish. But the closer you are are to skid row's homeless area, the less safe it feels.
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