So you’re considering moving to Los Angeles? Congrats! The first thing you’d need to know is that Los Angeles is not cheap, so you’d need to be well-prepared before you make the big move. Here are a few tips!
Getting a job
Getting a job in LA is really difficult if you aren’t already here. Some companies are willing to do phone interviews and even pay for your relocation. However, most companies will be reluctant to pay for your relocation. A good way to get around this is to let interviewers know that you are transitioning between cities, and you can be available for an in-person interview if absolutely necessary.
You need a car…or Uber Budget
Los Angeles is pretty spread out so you’d definitely need a car to help you get around efficiently. Moving from point A to B within the city takes a minimum of 30 minutes drive. If you don’t have a car and don’t plan on using a ridesharing app, then you can expect to spend a minimum of 2 hours in public transportation to get from one end of the city to another.
Live in a safe area
Research an area as much as possible before moving into the neighborhood. You can use a crime map to help you make your decision.
Stay away from the 405!
The San Diego freeway has been listed as one of the most congested freeways in the Country. Also in the top five: the southbound 405 from exit 22 to 45, and a section of the southbound 101 that connects the Valley to Downtown—from exit 3B to the 134/170 interchange. I would avoid commuting on the 405 at all cost.
Don’t give up
Los Angeles is a very expensive and difficult city to get adjusted to. Thousands of people move to LA each month with more than 65% of them moving back to where they came from within six months. Your first year in Los Angeles is likely going to be difficult, if you can survive the first year then you’ll eventually find your balance and begin to enjoy the city for what it is.
Additional Tips from my YouTube Channel