Help: Moving out to USC/LA!

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    May 26, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    So I've wrapped up my final year at UMD, and now that I've made it through all the graduation parties and cakes, I'm attempting to focus on my next move.

    I'll be attending the University of Southern California for graduate school, but I'm completely clueless about the area. If anyone out there could give me a bit of advice/answer some questions about about the area, it'd be much appreciated...

    I'm flying out the weekend of June 5th-7th to look at apartments. What are some safe/decent areas around the campus to look for an apartment? Are there any places I should avoid completely?

    Is parking around the campus or in the city an issue? I plan on driving (from Maryland...hoo boy) in early August so I'll have my car, but will I run into a slough of problems finding a place to keep it?

    Is there anything else I should know about LA...or be warned about?
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    May 26, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    aaannnnnd thread bump.
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    May 26, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    hey bro! USC is a nice campus, as for the outside of it, not exactly the best....i will ask one of my friends what the decent areas are that aren't too far from the campus (he graduated from USC also)

    unless it has changed recently, the immediate areas outside of campus are shady. but i will make sure to ask my buddies
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 26, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    Honestly, USC is not in the best part of town. Don't cross Figueroa heading east. You've got several blocks of relative safety in any direction other than east.

    I didn't have a car when I was there as an undergrad, but I know that parking passes were fairly expensive. There's very limited parking on the campus itself for the number of students there.
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    May 26, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    dude every girl who trys to walk home from USC gets raped... its almost not a joke anymore
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    May 26, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    BJJMMAFighter saiddude every girl who trys to walk home from USC gets raped... its almost not a joke anymore


    or like the case a few months back, they also get run over by speeding cars icon_sad.gif
  • calibro

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    May 26, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    Yeah, the best you can do is live in the Lofts downtown because you have a car to drive you away from that area... but you might want to reconsider living in some of the nicer, i.e. safer, parts of town in west l.a. if you can afford it. Also, parking is variant to the neighborhood you're living in.
  • metta

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    May 26, 2009 7:09 AM GMT
    You don't want to live around the campus but you also don't want to live too far away because of traffic. I'm really picky. If it was me, I would look around La Brea, Miracle Mile, the Palms area has a lot of apartments that tend to be not expensive, and Culver City. Culver City has a nice little downtown. It is really amazing the transformation that Culver City has gone through. I love the little piano bar at the Culver Hotel. I don't live over there but if traffic is heavy, you may be able to find a good street to go on rather than the freeway during the busy times. I walked around Korea Town during the rally's and I think it was fine in some of the places over there as well.

    Silverlake is very gay friendly. I was talking to one of my neighbors about the downtown a few days ago. She is a retired deputy for downtown la and owns a restaurant in the downtown and she told me that there are a few areas that are improving with many gay people moving in: Bunker Hill, Lincoln Heights, Echo Park, and El Sereno. I honestly do not know anything about any of those areas but that probably means that they are/were bad areas in the past.
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    May 26, 2009 7:46 AM GMT
    aerovaulter saidSo I've wrapped up my final year at UMD, and now that I've made it through all the graduation parties and cakes, I'm attempting to focus on my next move.

    I'll be attending the University of Southern California for graduate school, but I'm completely clueless about the area. If anyone out there could give me a bit of advice/answer some questions about about the area, it'd be much appreciated...

    I'm flying out the weekend of June 5th-7th to look at apartments. What are some safe/decent areas around the campus to look for an apartment? Are there any places I should avoid completely?

    Is parking around the campus or in the city an issue? I plan on driving (from Maryland...hoo boy) in early August so I'll have my car, but will I run into a slough of problems finding a place to keep it?

    Is there anything else I should know about LA...or be warned about?


    I think I can give you some tips/pointers.

    I used to live around Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown section in LA and have some friends in the USC area. I also checked out some apt/room there, my general observation is - USC area is not safe. Since you have a car and driving here from the east coast, try getting a roommate/renting on the West Side. I'd say anything west of La Brea to Santa Monica is safe (323 & 310 area code). Try to look up on Craigslist LA section and Westsiderentals. You can also try to apply for graduate housing. Parking in LA is a problem, it's usually metered and permit-parking. Get an Apt or a room with its own private sub-gate parking or you will have to move your car every week when it's come sweeping time. Think about your budget, how much you want to spend and decide. One of my friend is going to grad school there and live in Hollywood, she drives, too. So it turns out to be all good. icon_biggrin.gif
  • metalxracr

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    May 26, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
    Yeah, every ones advice so far is right on! That area is pretty intense, Silverlake was mentioned and that should be an ideal spot. It's a nice place and its not very far either!

    The only reason I go to the USC area is to go the USC itself, other than that, I don't go around that area.

    Downtown is really nice it is really coming along now! Figueroa takes you straight to downtown, it would be another good spot as well.

    There are some nice apartments though right along Figueroa across the street from the campus. They are located next to a lot of stuff you need too, like banks, UPS, FedEx, restaurants, and lots of other businesses. There are also some nice bars that a lot of college students go to.
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    May 26, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    When finding a place to live anywhere in LA, make sure it comes with reserved and secure parking.

    If you live at a place that only has street parking, then you can expect to park blocks away from your place depending on the time of day you come home from school/work. You can also expect to have your car broken in to or stolen. And you can expect to get mugged or jumped too.

    Not sure what your comfort level is, in regards to urban grittiness. But if you want to stay in LA, I think Koreatown is a decent choice. Just make sure you check out the actual areas where Koreans are. The fringe areas that border Koreatown is where you want to avoid.

    But if you're looking for something more mellow, forget LA and check out South Pasadena. The commute from USC to Pasadena is pretty easy. Just hop on the 110 freeway and you're there. Eagle Rock is another place to consider.

    If you want to be closer to the beach.. Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Westwood, Brentwood.
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    May 26, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    I went to SC and lived there for the first three of my four years there. The area isn't the greatest, but isn't as bad as many think. I would stay north of, but close to, campus. Definitely don't go south or west of campus to live.

    Parking is definitely an issue and you'll want to either pay for a student parking pass or make sure your apartment has parking and that you're close enough to walk/ride a bike.

    I rode my bike to and from campus at all hours of the day/night and never had a problem. Happy to offer more tips if you're interested, just hit me up!
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    May 26, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    Thanks for the help guys, it looks like I've gotten a bunch of areas to look into. It looks like Koreatown or Downtown may be promising given how close they are, and I'm trying to find a place under $900/mo so I'm not killing myself trying to cover the rent.

    If anyone's looking for a roommate in the area, hit me up! Haha...but seriously.
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    May 26, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    aerovaulter saidThanks for the help guys, it looks like I've gotten a bunch of areas to look into. It looks like Koreatown or Downtown may be promising given how close they are, and I'm trying to find a place under $900/mo so I'm not killing myself trying to cover the rent.

    If anyone's looking for a roommate in the area, hit me up! Haha...but seriously.


    Oh yeah i forgot to mention that Koreatown is an okay section, too. It's in the middle and close to everything. Best of luck on your schooling there. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 29, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    hey babe, let me know when you get here more, I was in SF the days you were there, I could've hopped on a plane to see ya.

    Let me know, you got my cell-o..
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