• If you live in L.A., you will need a car. You can technically live in L.A. without a car, but you will be bored out of your gourd, because nothing is ever within walking distance of anything else.

  • Commuting is often the worst thing about living in Los Angeles, so you should try to place yourself somewhere that will allow you a livable commute to your work. Most people commute using the famous L.A. freeways

  • The freeways which run roughly north-south are odd-numbered and those which run roughly east-west are even-numbered.

  • The 10 freeway runs from Santa Monica through the west side to downtown and east L.A. The commute along the 10 from the west side to downtown, or vice versa, is usually from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

  • The 405, which runs along the coast a few miles inland, from the Valley down to San Diego, can be pretty nightmarish during rush hour and on weekend afternoons (especially near Century City and Santa Monica).

  • The 101 runs from downtown through Hollywood and the Valley, and it is terrible during rush hour and early evening, but not too bad the rest of the time.

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