LIVING IN LA – STUDENT ACCOMMODATIONS
THE MICHELLE DANNER LOS ANGELES ACTING SCHOOL can help find you safe, clean and comfortable student accommodations within a short walking distance from the school. We are located in the city of Santa Monica and our surrounding neighborhoods are Venice, Mariana del Rey, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Palisades and Brentwood. Please contact us for details. Other possibilities are detailed below.
Santa Monica is rated as one of the best beach cities to live in California. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider living as close to THE MICHELLE DANNER LOS ANGELES ACTING SCHOOL as possible: WE ARE LOCATED AT 2437 MAIN STREET IN SANTA MONICA, 90405 which is 3 BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE BEACH.
* Venice, Marina Del Rey, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood
*Eight neighborhoods offering a diverse mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation
*Easily accessible public transportation and rentals making it easy to go car free
UCLA HOUSING SEARCH
433 Midvale Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310) 824-1737
Description: 433 Midvale offers student housing in Westwood, right next to UCLA and within an easy thirty to forty minutes by Big Blue Bus to SMC. The property includes fully furnished apartments that are leased individually per person and they will be happy to roommate match. Double or triple occupancies are available and the rent per person will vary accordingly.
Apartment & Homestay – Universal Student Housing (USH)
424 Kelton Avenue, #514
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310) 824-4908
Fax: (310) 824-2412
Description: Your family in the USA! Students share an apartment with one to five other students. USH offers airport pick-up, telephone and answering machines in each apartment, free incoming fax service, tour packages, and weekly grocery shopping trips. All rooms are fully furnished; the building offers controlled access, a pool, laundry facilities, and is located near a bus stop.
APARTMENTS AND SHARED ROOMS
Below are some links to sites where you will find information on apartments, shared rooms or private rooms.
Zuma Housing Santa Monica
- (866) 869-9011
F.I.S.H Living LLC International Student Housing
- (310) 804-6815
Westside Rentals Santa Monica
HOMESTAY AND HOST FAMILIES
If you prefer to live with a host American family, you may wish to look into a Homestay Program. These programs are arranged through private companies that charge a fee to match you with a compatible, pre-screened family. Your living arrangements would depend on your personal preferences as well as those of the host family. They often provides meals; typically the student would have a private bedroom and share a bathroom with members of the family.
In most cases, a refundable damage deposit will be charged in addition to the processing fee and the monthly rent. Prices vary greatly depending on the company and facilities provided. Each of these private companies has its own rules and regulations; LAPAC does not monitor or administer these programs. Applications must be submitted directly to the organization and processed prior to your arrival. Keep in mind that some of these companies require full payment in advance.
Please mention that you are our student when you inquire about the following Homestays.
The following are some organizations that you may contact:
U.S. Support Services Inc. (U.S.S.S.)
The Homestay experience provides wonderful opportunities to make new friends, learn more about cultures in the US, and practice new English skills! Students often tell us that they come to feel as though they have two families: their own families and their homestay family. The students are thought of as part of the family and are immersed in the culture and everyday life of their host family.
Homestay is a terrific learning experience for students and families. Host families want to learn more about their student’s culture as much as they want to help teach their student about life in the US. Our homestay families feel the same way about the students staying with them and will often keep in touch even after the student has moved out. What makes up a family in the United States may be similar to a traditional family in your own country, or it may be very different. We have hosts from various ethnic groups, socioeconomic levels, religions, and lifestyles. Although we are committed to making appropriate and comfortable Homestay matches, please be open to experiencing our cultural diversity. Homestay can be a very rewarding experience for both students and families!!
ISP INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PLACEMENTS
For over 20 years, ISP has successfully placed thousands of international students in all of our distinct programs. Our programs provide international students with an intimate look at American culture and exposure to the English language. We work hard to place each student so they will feel comfortable and secure in their environments. We offer programs for short-term intensive groups, summer interns, visiting scholars, college and high school students, and culture camp students.
What sets ISP apart from other companies is our professionalism, our caring and committed staff, and our superior service to students, agents, and schools.
Living in America can be one of the most meaningful experiences in your life. We strive to make it one that you will never forget. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the United States!
Student International Housing
Our Home-stay agency was established since 2003. Our Coordinators has 10 years experience in the Home-stay Program. Currently, we have about 900-1,000 hosting families in our network and still growing each day mostly in the Southern California area. We have now extended our Program in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Maryland, and Virginia. We also have the Program available in Denver, Colorado area. Most recently, we have added our newest addition in Orlando, Florida.
Our Home-stay Program offer month to month, long and short-term home stays. This Program is open to anyone interested in joining–whether tourists, business people, minor students, special summer groups, senior groups or any type of groups. SIH places you in the Home-stay Program for the period you wish to stay, 30-days, 3-months, 6-months or even a year stay.
HOMESTAY FEE SCHEDULE 2013-2014
Placement fee: $190 per guest
Homestay fee (private room) with 2 meals (breakfast & dinner): $40/day per guest
Homestay fee (shared room) with 2 meals (breakfast & dinner): $35/day per guest
Homestay fee (private room) – No meals: $30/day per guest
Homestay fee (shared room) – No meals: $25/day per guest
Optional Transportation to/from school (roundtrip): $10/day per guest
Optional Airport Pick-Up (one-way): $90 per guest
American Homestay Services
American Homestay Services is a service management organization whose sole focus is to provide homestay supports to students, host family, school, and parents.
AHS manages the biggest national network of host families for international students attending private high schools in the United States.
Homestay Services International (HSI) is a “homestay” business based in San Diego, a large city located in Southern California just south of Los Angeles and Orange County. Southern California is a culturally diverse area of the United States with more than twelve million people.
HSI offers a “home away from home” environment for international students, guests, dignitaries, and individuals who come to Southern California to study English, vacation, or otherwise interact with Americans. Specifically, our guests are placed in the homes of American families who have expressed an interest in hosting international visitors. These families are individually selected and screened and are ready, willing and able to provide shelter, food, friendship and companionship to the incoming internationals. There is no better way to get your first taste of what America is really like.
Apartment & Homestay – Universal Student Housing
Global Student Services, USA Inc.
International Student Placements
Regency West Company
Student International Housing Inc. (S.I.H.)
Family Elite Homestay
Fully Furnished Student Apartments in Los Angeles
We take a holistic approach to our furnished off-campus student apartments service. It is important to us that your entire experience of Los Angeles be safe and fun. They provide many helpful services for international students.
In center of West L.A., unprecedented luxury awaits! Everything has been thought of in this beautiful apartment community that gives you the peace to work, while still offering exceptional access to the city, the beach, and the best shopping and nightlife Los Angeles has to offer. Enjoy a great walk score and a brief commute to school. Tuck yourself away to study in our beautiful clubhouse, or relax by the pool and soak in the hot tub after exams. You can even lose your gym membership bill and take advantage of our state of the art fitness center and dry sauna! All apartments feature wood and tile flooring and top of the line GE™ appliances, including a washer and dryer. Come look, love, and LEASE with us today! Ask about our low move-in specials for Fall/Winter!
Home Away From Home
15th & Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (310) 454-5048; (310) 359-3585
Long and Short Term Accommodations. Individual furnished one and two bedroom apartments with private kitchen, living room, bedroom & bath. North of Santa Monica Boulevard and 15th Street. Beach and SMC close. International students welcome!
Description: Students and faculty alike may find the perfect home in or around the Santa Monica area through this easy to use list of local properties.
Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 237-5000
Description: NMS Apartments is your premiere destination for both luxury Santa Monica apartments and affordable apartments in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles. NMS develops, owns and manages apartment buildings that add character and prestige to their neighborhoods. Each NMS apartment features the finest, modern finishes throughout and is located in some of the most desirable areas in Los Angeles including Santa Monica, Brentwood and the Wilshire Corridor.
Each NMS property allows residents to take advantage of urban living at their doorstep, with popular shops and restaurants just a short walk away! In addition to luxury apartments, NMS is committed to developing affordable housing in the Los Angeles area, including the recently completed NMS@Lincoln and LuXe@Broadway affordable apartments. NMS Apartments offers exceptional service to residents with onsite property managers who are there to provide residents with an unparalleled apartment living experience. Explore the NMS website to find out why NMS Apartments are Modern LuXury Redefined.
Pico Lanai Apartments
2501 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (888) 770-4214
Fax: (310) 828-2119
Description: Pico Lanai Apartments is 2 blocks away from SMC. We have newly renovated one bedroom apartments available with new stainless appliances, flooring, carpet, cabinets, ceiling fans, garbage disposal, microwave, dishwasher, stove and a refrigerator. Our community offers two beautiful swimming pools, fitness center, three laundry facilities, courtyard areas, On-Site bike racks, BBQ grills and parking. WE ACCEPT I-20 students.
Pacific Ocean Apartments
1920 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (855) 763-2521
Description: All freshly remodeled! Flooring: Dark Wood Tone Vinyl; BRAND NEW Wall to Wall Carpet (IN Bdrm ONLY); Stainless Steel Appliances (energy-saving fridge, stove/oven, microwave, & dishwasher); Luxury Granite Counter Tops – spacious counter fantastic for cooking and entertaining!; A/C wall unit; Large Balcony; 3 closets; Covered Parking Garage; Pool & Spa (Jacuzzi has bubbles!) – heated year-round; Spacious courtyard and pool area; Laundry On-Site; Fine details: Dimmer switches, track lighting in kitchen, large custom bathroom mirror, brand new light fixtures, mirrored sliding door closets, curved shower curtain rod; GREAT VALUE – RENT CONTROLLED – Santa Monica Rent Control is one of the strictest in the city – rental rates can only change 1x per year, and is dictated by the city. As an example last year they allowed an increase of only 1% – Online Rental Payment & Services; Dog and cat friendly; Walking Distance to Future Metro Light Rail; Walk/Bike/Environmentally friendly lifestyle
Six blocks from the beach! 4 blocks to Main Street! 2 blocks from the 10 freeway, 10 blocks from Santa Monica College and 4 miles from UCLA; Application criteria: Credit, proof of income (3x the rent per month OR 12x the rent in savings), and positive rental history/employment verification
4108 Del Rey Ave.
Marina Del Rey, Ca. 90292
Tel: (310) 582-5100
Fax: (310) 582-5109
Tribeca Urban is brand new unsurpassed luxury living. Have your choice of thoughtful and incredibly spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences in a relaxing boutique enclave. Each light-filled apartment is fully appointed with designer finishes, unique touches and modern appliance packages that you’ll adore. And with an impressive 95 Walk Score, this intimate community is close to everything you want, yet feels away from it all. Living on the Westside is so much better when you live urban – Tribeca Urban.
Westwood Collection Luxury Apartments
527 Midvale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310) 208-4868
Description: Welcome to the Westwood Collection!! Our properties are within an easy commute by bus to SMC, and walking distance of the UCLA campus and Westwood Village shopping and entertainment district. All units come with refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, garbage disposal, private patios or balconies and our 2 bedroom 2 bathroom spacious floor plan can accommodate up to 5 students. Our communities offer gated entry, gated parking structures, pool and jacuzzi, study lounge with free Wi-Fi access, security cameras, 24-hour fitness center, management and maintenance on site.
1020 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 395-7368
Description: This comprehensive list of apartments for rent is available for a fee and is updated every day at 4:00 pm. It may be picked up, faxed, e-mailed, or you can browse the web site once you have paid the fee. The list is available for 60 days and the company has five locations with free internet use for any member.
Westwood Villa Apartments
2901 Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: (424) 292-6306
Fax: (310) 479-6899
Description: One block from major supermarket and drugstore and over 45 exciting shops and restaurants! SAVE GAS! Across the street from Public Transportation including bus stops to many parts of the city including UCLA, SMCC, Loyola Marymount , Otis, South Western Law School, West LA College and Antioch. Westwood Villa Apartments, a West Los Angeles landmark, is located near the intersection of the San Diego and Santa Monica freeways. This convenient freeway access allows a short commute by bus or car to LAX, the Westside Regional Malls, Beverly Hills, Century City, Santa Monica, and the beaches.
Miller & Desatnik
3623 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Tel: (310) 838-1828
Fax: (310) 841-2161
RST & Associates
11866 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. #101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (310) 479-2565
Fax: (310) 478-5631
OAKWOOD APARTMENTS TOLUCA HILLS
Nestled in the hills between Burbank and Hollywood with easy access to studios, freeways, and more, these apartment homes feature million-dollar mountain or valley views.
- Luxury features like fireplaces, crown molding, premium shower, and more
- Barbecue, onsite convenience store, dry cleaning, rental car, and more
- Two state-of-the-art fitness centers, basketball courts, and more
- Swimming pools, spas, steam rooms, and more
- Unfurnished or furnished apartments with flexible leasing options
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Use the following sites to look for apartments, rooms, and/or roommates.
- Zumasantamonica.com – apartment and room search included wifi
- Roomates.com – apartment and roomate search engine
- Craigslist.com – apartments and homes for rent
- Rent.com – apartments and homes for rent
- WestsideRentals.com – apartment rentals in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego (service fee to use website)
- ForRent.com – search engine of apartment communities nationwide
- ApartmentGuide.com – apartment finder
- Apartments.com – apartment finder
- MyNewPlace.com – apartment finder
- Move.com – find real estate, new homes, apartments, and homes for rent
- ApartmentSearch.com – apartment finder
- RelocationApartments.com – temporary furnished, self catering apartments that are an alternative to the standard hotel room
- Cityleases.com – apartment rentals, roommates and homes for rent
- Sublet.com – not just sublets
There are many different types of housing available here in LA/Santa Monica. There are single rooms in condos/a house (you share with other people), bachelor apartments (no kitchen), studio apartments (have a kitchen but no distinct bedroom), one bedroom, two bedrooms, and many others. To share a room is between $500-800. To have your own room in a two bedroom is between $900-$1400 a month. From there prices go up. A studio, bachelor or one bedroom for you will range from $1600-$2200.
When looking for housing always keep in mind that to ask if utilities (water, gas, electricity, cable, and internet) are included in the rent, are not included in the rent, and how much they cost.
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Getting Around Los Angeles
For the first week that you arrive, you will probably need to rent a car until you get completely settled. If you’re under 21, rentals can run from $70-$130 a day. If you’re over 25, rentals can run from $40-$130 a day. However after the first week, if you choose to live in an area closest to The Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts, a bicycle is and the public transportation (bus, train, metro) will be adequate. However, if you do plan on staying and working as an actor in the LA area, you will probably want a car for auditions, castings, and working jobs. It is not absolutely necessary though, and you can oftentimes rent a car for a day or two if a job is booked.
– Rentacar.com (Car Rental)
– Rentawreck.com (Car Rental)
– Car Rental Companies: Avis, Budget, Dollar Dollar, Enterprise
– Zipcar.com (For short-term, a few hours or even a day, car rentals)
A bicycle is a great way to get around Santa Monica.
Bike shops can be found in any area of Los Angeles County.
However, if you would like to travel beyond the Santa Monica community; please refer to http://www.metro.net/ which will link you to the public transportation system where information for ticket pricing, directions, and travel times can be found. Please remember that the public transportation will take longer than having your own vehicle therefore, you must know that you will need to allow additional time to arrive at your destination.
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