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Old 05-27-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Hello to all,
I am a recent college graduate who is currently in the interview process with a company located in Irvin CA. Currently i am located in Charleston SC and i would obviously have to re-locate to the west coast, Irvine area to be more specific. I have very limited contacts (like 3) in the area and have never lived or even visited the west coast. I understand irvine is a very expensive area and one of my contacts recommended i find an apartment in a surrounding area/city that is more affordable. given my situation and the fact that i am looking to spend a minimal amount of $ on a place to live unit i get my feet on the ground could y'all suggest or just comment on anything that you may think would be helpful to me. any and all help is appreciated, also any information, precautions, or just anything about the moving process you want to comment on please do. i am new to this entire idea. thanks very much!
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Define affordable.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Define affordable.
^ This

I moved to California from another Southern state. The COL out in CA is real sticker shock, unless you live in Yucaipa, Victorville, Fresno, Bakersfield, or Sac-town. Sacramento's not bad at all, actually.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:42 AM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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What is your budget?

The most affordable area would be in a nearby ghetto which is where you don't want to live.

I suggest you try an extended stay hotel to stay in while you scout the area after you get in Irvine. Then you can set foot in, look around in and generally get a feel for an area with an attractive price point. After you do that, you'll look for something that costs more and is generally more up to your first world standards.

Welcome to CA, you'll have to pay more here but if your employer recruited you from the other side of the continent, I somehow intuit that you have a valuable skill and won't be making minimum wage.
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