I live in Detroit and I'm set on Loyola (unless I get in off some crazy T25 waitlists which is doubtful!)
Anyone else on here about to fly FAR away from home?!?!?
Any advice on living in LA??
I am from Michigan and I am pretty set on attending Loyola in the fall -- I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the living situation. I have never been out to LA, so I am going in pretty blind sighted, but I am more than excited! If anyone can give me any advice, please do!
LA is a cool city, though it's not a city like Detroit or other big cities back east. LA is more like a collection of 100,000 person to million person cities stuck together. Loyola itself is right next to downtown, which is more of a finical and business center rather than an are people live. They've been revitalizing it over the last few years and there are some cool things (like the Staples center) and cool places to live but it's not really a neighborhood as such. If you look back to my post on the 1st page or the Loyola class of 2011 thread there are good descriptions of the different parts of LA.
I would advise you to come out here as early as you can so you can get settled in before law school starts. I would defiantly say that you should bring or buy a car here. It is possible to use public transportation here (I plan on using it sometimes) but LA is really the true automobile city. It is spread out and full of freeways and too really enjoy living here you should at least have access to a car. I've been to Michigan and while people are pretty much the same everywhere things are a bit different here. There's not really a city you can compare to LA but for you both Ann Arbor is probably the closest (in the way that people act) to LA.
Weather wise you can't do much better. It rarely gets cold here (especially compared to what I'm sure you're used to) and it rains infrequently. The fall/winter/spring are all very simillar and you will be able to walk around without a jacket frequently. Summer is hot, hotter than you'll be used to (over 100 degrees often and mostly in the 90s) but LA isn't' humid so it's a very dry heat and thus pretty manageable.
I've lived here all my life but I can't really think of much else to say right now except that you are going to love it here and you wont want to leave after graduation (and of course that contrary to popular culture we don't see celebrities everyday, we all don't look like models, and we aren't all a bunch of hippie communists). Congrats on Loyola and feel free to message me if you have any questions.