veryLA's Guide to "Should I move to LA?"
So you want to move to Los Angeles. Sure, come on over! It's fun! All the numbers below are straight up ball-parked approximations from someone that lives in LA. Here is a list to calibrate your expectations:
- $1300-1700 with a roommate
- $2000-2800 to live by yourself
- check out our rent list
General state of rentals
Do not expect new construction. Lots of stuff was built in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Some of it has charm, a lot of it doesn't. Make sure it comes with parking. Everything else is a bonus.
How much should I be earning to live comfortably in Los Angeles?
This one is actually backed by science - its $19.47/hour.
We measure distance in time not miles
Nothing is as close as you think. Just because something is 5 miles away doesn't mean its close by car. Try to live as close as possible to work and where you want to play.
Do I need a car?
Most likely, yes. The city is huge. LA's metro doesn't even go to the airport (yet) to give you a sense of how thought out it is.
How much is a coffee and a pastry?
Expect to pay $10-$14
How much is a drink?
- $10-$11 is a very good price
- $12-$16 is typical
- $17-$20 shouldn't surprise you
How much is a normal meal (excluding chain fast food)?
- $11-$12 is a very good price
- $13-$18 is typical
- $18-$23 shouldn't surprise you
I'll find a job when I get to LA
Have a job lined up. It's expensive.