Top Cities in LA For Recent College Grads

If you recently graduated college, living in Los Angeles may be the realization of a life-long dream. With year-round sunshine, endless entertainment options, plentiful attractions, and excellent amenities, you can’t go wrong setting up shop in LA after you finally get that diploma.

In addition to all of the above, LA is also known for its many employment opportunities, while at the same time being close to all the best beaches California has to offer – not to mention beautiful parks and hiking trails. As you transition into the real world, there’s no better place to get your footing.

As a recent graduate, you don’t necessarily have to live close to your school anymore (UCLA, etc.) and now have the freedom to branch out. Here are the top LA neighborhoods that are ideal for recent college grads.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is one of the first stops for tourists who visit LA, thanks to its many tourist attractions. But while it’s great for tourists, it’s even better for people who want to live here.  According to, Santa Monica is one of the best in the nation for post-college job hunts. There are many reasons why. First off, there are many countless employers right here in the city, whether you want to work in the education, entertainment, government, technology, or healthcare realm.

Most people who live in Santa Monica are young, up and coming professionals who have the same goals as you do: to mingle and network. You’ve got access to eclectic restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries, so you’ll never get bored living here.

This pedestrian-friendly city is on its way to becoming the world’s first self-sustainable community. That being said, if you are a recent grad who’s not a high earner, you will have a hard time finding an affordable home or apartment due to the sky-high real estate prices.

Downtown Los Angeles

On the other side of the city, you’ll find Downtown Los Angeles – another hotspot for recent college graduates. Development is booming, plus you’ve got many museums, restaurants, open air markets, trendy bars, and high-rise condos and apartments to check out.

Downtown LA has an extensive public transit system plus excellent walkable infrastructure on every corner, so don’t feel like you need a car to get around. Without the expense of a car, living in downtown LA is much more affordable.

This neighborhood has a busy metropolitan feel, as it’s teeming with international corporations and Fortune 500 companies, as well as chain stores, small mom and pop stores, and art galleries. If you’re a recent grad looking for a career in fashion, finance, art, government, or hospitality, this is the place to be.

West Hollywood

Right near the heart of Los Angeles, West Hollywood is vibrant, eclectic and colorful – best known for its festive events, unique eateries, colorful sidewalks, and green spaces. Plus, you’re only a short jaunt from the many bars that line Santa Monica Boulevard and the Sunset Strip. Check out bands at the Whisky a Go Go, the Rainbow, the Roxy and more.

Surprisingly, this area has a good overall safety rating despite its close proximity to high-profile bars that populate WeHo (West Hollywood). You can walk pretty much everywhere, so no need to take your car on errands. And with this neighborhood’s super chill vibe, you will feel relaxed and at ease in no time.

Don’t miss the annual LA Pride Festival & Parade, Halloween Carnaval, and many other fun events. People who live in WeHo are mostly working professionals in fields ranging from entertainment and media to fashion, architecture and food.

La Brea

This is a more laidback and low-key neighborhood compared with the ones above. This tranquil neighborhood is centrally located, offering a good selection of museums, shops and grocery stores. It’s got good walkability too. You can walk to the The Grove, La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


If you have to commute to work, rest easy knowing you can get to the busiest parts of the city in under a half hour, whether you work in Inglewood, Hollywood, Koreatown or Sawtelle. This neighborhoods attracts recent college grads as well as professionals working in the education, retail and entertainment fields.

Los Feliz

Los Feliz offers a suburban and urban vibe all at the same time, giving residents plenty of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will love the tree-lined streets, affordable homes (mostly bungalows and Spanish-styles), as well as close proximity to Griffith Park. Go shopping at one of the many eclectic shops, hit up a bar, or grab something to eat at some of the top-rated LA restaurants (for that, head to N Vermont Ave and Hillhurst Ave)

The commute to Downtown LA is just a 15-minute drive, or you could take the Metro Red Line in just minutes.

Playa Del Ray

Perched on the Pacific Coast, the community of Playa Del Rey is home to sandy beaches, to be sure, but also boasts plenty of enticing job opportunities. The heart of Silicon Beach, this is the place to live if you want to snag a high-salary tech job at a startup or established corporation like Google or Microsoft.

When you’re not working, go play in the surf and sand at Venice Beach or go sailing at Marina Del Rey. You’re never too far from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), so it’s a convenient location if you have to go on frequent business trips or want to visit family back home.

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