Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Los Angeles
Flatshare in Los Angeles

Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Los Angeles

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This famous American city has several characteristics that attract international students every year. Some of them are the possibility of delving into North American culture from this multicultural and lively environment, being close to the beach and other big cities such as San Diego and San Francisco. Attending one of the renowned institutions that have campuses in such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and the University of Southern California is one of the major reasons students choose LA.

Keep in mind that, due to the demand, the cost of accommodation in this city is usually very high. For this reason, students often choose to live in shared apartments, in which the monthly expenses and services are divided among all the roommates.

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    Advantages and disadvantages of sharing a flat in Los Angeles

    The following are some of the most relevant pros and cons of living in a shared flat in this Californian city:

    Advantages of sharing a flat in Los Angeles

    • You get to choose between single rooms and shared rooms, the latter being generally cheaper. You can live in an apartment or a student residence.
    • There is a high availability of verified spare rooms in Los Angeles, so you will be able to choose the most convenient location for you. Remember that some neighbourhoods preferred by young people are Culver City, Central LA, Rancho Park, West LA and Westwood.

    Disadvantages of sharing a flat in Los Angeles

    • Some rooms in apartments, such as the rooms, can be small concerning the price charged for rent.
    • If you choose to live in a shared room, you will not have any space completely to yourself.

    Apps for your international exchange programme in Los Angeles

    There are a wide variety of apps that you can use to make your international exchange in this city of California the best it can be. In them, you will find relevant information about life in the city and its different universities. You'll also find recommendations from previous students, such as how to make the most of all that Los Angeles has to offer, including sports and outdoor activities. You can also take the opportunity to explore the surrounding area and the rest of California, including Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Francisco and National Parks such as Yosemite and Joshua Tree.

    How to meet people in Los Angeles?

    These are some of the ways you have to meet other young people in the Californian city:

    Student associations in Los Angeles

    Each institution in this city usually has more than 100 societies and clubs that you can join during your stay. In them, you get the opportunity to connect with young people who have similar interests, whether they are sports, nationalities, religions or other goods. You can also find societies for international students.

    Facebook groups for international students in Los Angeles

    Among the groups, you can join are those for general international students, such as the so-called “International Students in Los Angeles” or also those created by the societies in the universities, in which you can connect with young people who go to the same institution as the “UCLA International Students”.

    Whatsapp groups for international students in Los Angeles

    In general, student societies and Facebook groups create groups in messaging apps such as Whatsapp or Telegram so that students can be in direct contact with each other.

    Tips for sharing a student flat in Los Angeles

    We offer you some tips to consider when living in a shared flat in an American city:

    • You should pay close attention to where the university you are attending is located since public transport in Los Angeles is not the best and there is usually a lot of traffic. We recommend you live close to the institution, to save time and money in commuting every day.
    • Throughout your stay in the city, you will find numerous multicultural events to go to with your flatmates. Some of them are, for example, the Lantern Festival in Chinatown, Coachella, the California Wine Festival, the Battle of Puebla, the Los Angeles County Fair and the Oxnard Festival of Lights.

    Frequently asked questions about sharing a flat in Los Angeles

    How much does a spare room in a shared flat cost in Los Angeles?
    The price of spare rooms in shared apartments in this Californian city usually starts at $700 and up, although it can be much higher depending on its characteristics and location.
    Where to look for shared flats in Los Angeles?
    We suggest you search Erasmus Play, a platform where you can view verified and available spare rooms to stay, in the city of Los Angeles.
    Why share a student flat in Los Angeles?
    As a shared flat is cheaper you get to live on a tighter student budget. That way, you get to enjoy much more of everything the city has to offer, which is a lot!
    What should I take into account when entering a flat share in Los Angeles?
    You have to keep in mind that the distances in the city are very wide, so you should know if your apartment has a good connection with your university.
    How to choose ideal roommates in Los Angeles?
    If one of your goals is to go to the United States to improve your English, the ideal would be for all the students to have different nationalities, so they communicate in that language and practice it more day by day.