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Old 10-07-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Good morning all,
The time has finally come for my son to fulfill the last requirement needed for graduation which is an internship.
He was offered one in West Hollywood so now it's time to figure out where he's going to live when the time comes.
He has a reliable fuel efficient car but as is the case with many young people starting out doesn't have a ton of $$$ to pay for rent.

Suggestions on safe/safer,fairly inexpensive areas he/we should look into? Anyone else run into this situation?
I'd love to hear what y'all did.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The internship is a short duration, it is best to not fool around with traffic, pay a little more and live close to work. In the grand scheme of things, the difference in rent compared to his tuition is a drop in the bucket. How long is the internship?
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Internships are only for a few months, so perhaps look into a month to month lease.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:02 AM
 
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East Hollywood and Mid-City. Both aren't that far from West Hollywood and are the most affordable nearby decent areas.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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I would try the Fairfax District or Koreatown. Wouldn't recommend East Hollywood. Seems violent there.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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Not sure where Koreatown ends and Mid-City starts these days, but that is as good as any place. WeHo itself has reasonable places if you pick up the rent control list from city hall.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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How much can he spend in rent?

A lot of people with summer internships rent out rooms in fraternity houses at ucla. Pretty common to have kids from berkeley, arizona, or whatever who are just here for the summer stay there. And it's about 15 minutes to west hollywood.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:23 PM
 
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Totally depends on budget
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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How much can he spend in rent?

A lot of people with summer internships rent out rooms in fraternity houses at ucla. Pretty common to have kids from berkeley, arizona, or whatever who are just here for the summer stay there. And it's about 15 minutes to west hollywood.
Just to build on this: your son also can live at one of the dorms/student apts at UCLA. Also, the University housing website has "roommate wanted" and "apartments for sublet" listings. A lot of the time students are looking for a temporary roommate when their permanent roommates leave for summer vacation, etc.

My DD was able to sublet a studio apartment in Santa Monica from a UCLA student who wanted to go home during the summer quarter. It worked out really well.

Link to UCLA housing office:
https://housing.ucla.edu/community-housing
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Thanks for all the ideas so far! He's got 185 hours that he has to do, we're finding out this week how it will be broken up. I'm hoping they'll do it at 40 hours a week but I've heard that it can go anywhere from 15-40 per week.
Budget? As little as possible since we're going to be paying it!
I'm not quite sure when it starts (yet) but I'm guessing it'll be after winter break so January (ish).

I just looked into Extended Stay (hotel) and they want (gulp) $2700 per month.
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