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Old 08-18-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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I would like to attend either SMC or West LA College. Which city has more affordable rent and is more walkable? Other pros and cons are welcome.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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santa monica is more walkable, but also more expensive.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: West LA
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Culver City is going to be more affordable, and is only really walkable around the downtown area. Santa Monica is more expensive, but walkable pretty much anywhere so long as you are willing to utilize the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus system.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Sawtelle District
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Culver is definitely going to be less expensive. You can utilize both the Santa Monica Blue Bus and the Culver Green to go to where you want to go. Both cities have walkable areas, Santa Monica with more of them.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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WLACC is not a good school. CC is less expensive but if you can swing SM ($1,000 for an older studio), you will love it for it's walkability and experience.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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thanks for the replies. i will probably have a car but i want to walk to school, and most places. i thought maybe if i pay a little more to live in santa monica close enough to smc, it would be the same money spent in the long run if i lived in a cheaper area but spent a lot on gas? i think smc wins... specially if it's a significantly better school. i want to transfer to a uc school after that.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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if room mating is a possibility, SM would be a wonderful prospect. It's the cuter of the two places, in my humble opinion.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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I don't think you should buy into the hype that SMC is better than West L.A College. I actually think it is the opposite. I went to West L.A College and then graduated from USC . I think much of the appeal to SMC is that it is "near the beach" ..which is not an indicator of a good school.

SMC was overcrowded years ago and I can only imagine it now.

I had a good experience at West L.A College...you should consider it.

The reason SMC says it has the "most transfers" is because they are a large CC of course they will have more people transferring.

But to answer your question Santa Monica is probably more "walkable" versus Culver City (except around the Downtown area).

But, Culver City also has a local bus system Culver City :: Culver City Bus (http://www.culvercity.org/bus/bus.asp - broken link) like SMC , as they are both independent cities (their own Police,etc) .
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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Thanks Bophisto, I will definitely consider West LA College. It really depends on whether or not I can afford a place in Santa Monica in walking distance of SMC. If Culver City is a lot more affordable AND I can still walk to school then I might have to go with West LA.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Default Moving to Los Angeles in 2010

I will be working at the new Santa Monica Place when its complete in August of 2010. What nice neighborhoods with reasonably priced apts. (around $950 for 1bdrm) are close by or within a short drive? I'll be coming from Seattle and I was thinking maybe Westwood?
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