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  • 07 Oct 16

  • Monique Carrabba

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Relocating to Los Angeles to become a Bruin or a Trojan?

Two of Los Angeles’ top employers are the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC). Many people who come to Los Angeles that are relocating are either students or employees of USC or UCLA, and they want to live close to avoid the nightmare commutes that you often hear about in Southern California. Here are some options if you are going to be a Bruin or a Trojan.

Housing options for UCLA: The best areas to live in if you work or study at UCLA depends on your price range. Located right in the middle of some of the most expensive neighborhoods in Los Angeles, there are a few good options. Areas to consider within 15 minutes of campus are Culver City, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood. Pricing for condos: Starter condo prices for 1 bedrooms as of 2016: $300s to 500s; Starter condo prices for 2 bedrooms as of 2010: $600s and up. Single family homes: On the low end a starter home can range in the $900s range and up depending on the neighborhood you choose.

Housing options for USC: The best areas to live in if you relocate to work or study at USC also depend on your price range. USC is located in the center of Los Angeles, just south of Downtown. Areas to consider within 15 minutes of campus are West Adams, Downtown LA (DTLA), Mid-Wilshire, Korea Town, Hancock Park, Silverlake, Echo Park, Mid-City, Mid-Wilshire, West Adams, Wellington Square, Jefferson Park and the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Condos: The best area to purchase a condo close to campus would be Downtown Los Angeles DTLA, Korea Town, Mid-Wilshire or Hancock Park. Many of the neighborhoods surrounding USC do not have condos and are mostly older homes. Starter condo prices for 1 bedrooms as of 2016: $300s and up.  Starter condo prices for 2 bedrooms as of 2016: High $500s and up.  Single Family Homes: There are many options that are much more affordable than if you were purchasing a home near UCLA. USC’s neighborhoods have great options. Homes on the low-end can run from a small starter home just off campus for the low $500s, to a larger home in West Adams in the $400 to $900s. USC is located in the historic core of Los Angeles, filled with California Craftsman & Bungalow homes, 1920s Spanish homes as well as opulent Victorians. Whatever your decision is, working at UCLA or USC, there are some great options in terms of places to live near to both campuses.

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