Based on the information they've sent me, since I'm not from LA, I'm looking at Hollywood, K-town, and Glendale.
I'm hoping to not drive, but may end up doing so and taking public transportation. I just want a place to sleep that's close by since I'll probably be studying on campus a lot.
I'm leaning toward K-town for the food
, maybe Glendale because friends say it's a good place to live. If I can find a cheap, close place in Hollywood I'd go with it too.
Is the LA Metro system really that dangerous? O.o
Though on the map, I have no idea where Silver lake or K-town is.
I grew up in Glendale and it's not a bad location, though I think you'd probably end up driving from there. Glendale's good because you can probably find a better bargain in terms of quality apartments/price.
You might be able to find some bargains in K-town and its certainly close to LLS, so that'd be nice. I wouldn't choose it just because of any huge desire for Korean BBQ, as you can get good food all over the city, but I imagine you were exaggerating here. Look west into the mid-wilshire area too, as it's kinda nice and deals can be found if you hunt around.
I've lived in Hollywood and it's alright. You can find deals, but may have to search. For me, the area itself isn't all that special. I suppose if you like clubbing out in Hollywood, it might have some extra appeal.
Silverlake/Los Feliz are more to my liking and aren't too far from Loyola. You have to search for deals here now, as it is a much more popular area than it was 15 years ago.
Having said that, I live on the westside now and like it. It's harder to find bargains, but they can be found. I share a nice large two-bedroom for $1950 with our own washer/dryer (so huge) and I consider this a good deal for the brentwood/west LA area.
Don't know if this helps at all. If anyone has any specific questions, let me know and I'll help you if I can. Oh, and the metro's not dangerous at all. Its main problem is that it's limited in where it can take you.