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Old 03-23-2016, 01:49 AM
 
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I plan to attend CSU-LB for graduate school, and I'll certainly need a job as well; part time is acceptable, but obviously the more options the better. My question is, where can I live that is affordable, and that I won't need a car?

I need access to: the university, a grocery store, and whatever kind of downtown/business area might afford job opportunities to me and my wife. It's highly unlikely that I can find a job before moving there, as I will be abroad. So I'm really looking for whatever's cheap and has good walkability/transportation.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:10 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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you're welcome

https://daf.csulb.edu/maps/lbt.html

depending on budget, belmont shore is hands down the best place to live in LB, especially for a carless student.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:43 PM
 
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just from my experience. stay away from north long beach. When i was young, i found an apt here. ghetto birds daily, and car broken into twice.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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Agreed, Belmont Shore will have "more" job opportunities (at least in restaurants/retail), so it's an option, but another option would be in Belmont Heights or in the area just above/to the west of Recreation Park golf course. Those areas are sort of equidistant between Belmont Shore and CSULB, and it's not too far a ride from there to actual downtown Long Beach for more job opportunities. Also, those areas will be marginally less expensive than Belmont Shore as well (in general, as you move away from the beach it gets a bit cheaper, with pockets of exceptions).

FYI, I lived in LB around Ximeno and 4th Street for two years without a car -- it is VERY doable. Have fun and good luck!
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:17 PM
 
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Hey, not sure if you folks are still on this thread or not, but one more question. Does the Belmont area beat Downtown in terms of beauty, convenience, jobs? My wife mentioned living close to the metro, as that supposedly gives us access to LA in case one of us ends up having to commute there.

(Personally I'd prefer we both found jobs in LB, but as she's Japanese and can't speak native-level English, she expects to find some Japanese employers in LA.)

Anyways, I think we can live in, say, Belmont Heights if it really is the best place. Just wondering how Downtown compares.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Downtown Long Beach is a "lipstick on a pig" area, and sometimes the lipstick smears off.

The Belmont Shore area is much more beautiful and also far safer. Many shops and restaurants on 2nd Street, so you could find a job there. You can take the bus from there to the Blue Line station if that is where you want to go.
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