As the summer approaches and the mass-intern season nears, I’ve had friends, both from NU and non-NU, reaching out to me for advice. They aren’t seeking advice about their actual internships, but rather about a problem that can become quite daunting – housing.
Once you get that dream LA job, and you finish celebrating, you may begin feeling a wave of anxiety over the looming and unavoidable question, “where the hell am I going to live?” This can be very stressful, but it also can be a fun and exciting process if you approach it the right way.
I think it’s important to think about the time period for which you’ll be out here. I’m out here January to May, which is somewhat an awkward time to be interning and looking for housing. There were very very few people migrating to LA for this short a window this time of year, so I was essentially on my own for the housing search. However, if you are one of the hundreds of post-teens flocking to LA this summer, you should be in luck. Chances are you either have RTVF friends, or friends of friends, or facebook friends (you’re getting my point) who might also be spending their summer on the coast. Reach out to these people, decide to room, and go look at places in Westwood.
Now, why do I say Westwood so definitively? The UCLA campus is located in this comfortable and almost-quaint part of the city, and the neighborhood is very student oriented, much like Evanston except bigger, cooler, more options and not to mention you’re actually still in LA. And because it’s a student hub, there’s no shortage of sublets on the market; just think about all the housing offers you see your friends posting about for Evanston summer sublets, and then think of how many more students UCLA has than Northwestern. The biggest, if not only, glaring downside of Westwood depends entirely on where you work. If you’re going all the way from Westwood to Burbank for your job, get yourself the audiobook of “War and Peace” or a self-driving car and get comfortable for hours of traffic. If you’re working in Beverly Hills you’re in the clear, and Hollywood and Santa Monica will be a bearable commute. Regardless, I think living in Westwood is the best option for summer Interns, and the social atmosphere will be well-worth commuting horrors. A good housing website I found for Westwood apartment hunting is Zuma Housing, but plenty of sites can get you into the sublet search.
West Hollywood is another fun place to live as a young person, but I would say its more geared towards full-time employees. I happen to think West Hollywood is great for those aspiring in the film industry because of its proximity to the central areas you may need to access. It borders Beverly Hills offices and Hollywood production companies, and it’s only one exit away from Burbank where the studio lots are. Traffic to me is someone taking a kryptonite blade and cutting my Achilles heel, so West Hollywood was what I went with. Some websites I found to be helpful for the search in general are RadPad and WestsideRental.com.
Hope this information is helpful, til next time!
Daniel Goldberg is a senior Radio/Television/Film major who is interning at Vertigo Entertainment & Avalon Management during spring quarter. Follow him throughout the quarter to get the scoop on his internship experiences and life in LA!