Tips for New Angelenos

Tips for New Angelenos

Moving to a huge city like Los Angeles can be overwhelming, but there are ways to make your life starting out here easier. Check out our tips on how to get the most of living in Los Angeles.

If you drive, pay attention: Try not to make any cross-city trips from 4PM-8PM on weekdays. If you must get somewhere during those times, try to avoid freeways like the 405, 101, 10, or 5 during rush hour. Parking can be tricky too. Read signs carefully when parking on the street. Once a week, every street gets swept. On top of regular parking hours, make sure you avoid parking during street sweeping times too.

Get to know public transportation: Using the metro system in Los Angeles is nothing like using

those of Chicago or New York, but you certainly won’t be the first person to master it. Taking public transportation is not free, but if you’re a student of LA ORT, you can use the transportation assistance program. Currently, for ORT students, unlimited metro passes are $43 a month–much cheaper than the regular $100 a month or a monthly car payment + gas with a vehicle. If you’re not great at navigating public transportation systems, try downloading the app HopStop. Put in where you are and where you want to go and the app will tell you which trains or busses to take.

Take advantage of the free things to do: Los Angeles may be an expensive city to live in, but there are also many free things to do here as well. Los Angeles has a number of great museums, many close to LA ORT’s main campus. Here is a list of which museums are always free and when all of the others ones are. Los Angeles is a gorgeous sprawling city full of great hiking opportunities, which are of course free as well. There are several spots in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles National Forest. There’s also the famous Runyon Canyon (where many celebrities can be seen) and Hollywood Sign hike. For other free shows and events, check out They come out with weekly lists of free things to do in LA.

Escape: Getting out of Los Angeles can be a necessary change of pace and can help you discover even more great things in Southern California. Many great beach areas around Los Angeles include Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, and many more! Make the time to explore each one, as they can all offer unique and fun things to see and do.

Don’t lose sight of your goals: There is so much to do and try in Los Angeles, but don’t forget to keep your goals in mind. Keep in mind the balance between work and fun that is necessary to succeed in life, and more specifically, a bustling city like Los Angeles. Check out a few more of our resources to help you get the most out of Los Angeles as a student like great places to study and parks near LA ORT.

For any more guidance you need about living and being a student in Los Angeles, speak to an LA ORT advisor today. Welcome to our great city!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.