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Seriously considering a move to Las Vegas next year

Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by comfortablynumb, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. luck.ofthe.draw

    luck.ofthe.draw VIP Whale

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    Yes yes yes.
     
  2. luck.ofthe.draw

    luck.ofthe.draw VIP Whale

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    - Check our UCLA’s housing options/resources, they have a lot for students and there is affordable living in other parts of LA if she’s down for roommates. It’s a gorgeous campus and a great school. I’ve heard good things about USC too.

    But yes overall cost of living in LA is higher than Vegas and the area. I just moved from San Diego to Los Angeles and my rent for a one bedroom is the same in both - $1,500.
     
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  3. wesraft

    wesraft Low-Roller

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    In my research about moving to Vegas (still working on my exit strategy for now), I found this book that was helpful to me. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16128780-everyday-las-vegas
    Just people living their lives in a place that lots of outsiders have an entrenched, often incorrect idea of what the place even is. Best of luck on where your next chapter takes you.
     
  4. comfortablynumb

    comfortablynumb Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the tip. Will check it out.
     
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    One point I didn't see in any of the posts above is that although Las Vegas can be less costly, the salaries -- depending on where you are moving from -- can also be less, potentially a lot less, so everything is relative. That underscores some of the suggestions made to ideally have employment in hand BEFORE the move.
     
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  6. comfortablynumb

    comfortablynumb Low-Roller

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    I definitely won't be moving before I have a job lined up.
     
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  7. 44inarow

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    Feel free to PM me about the moving process -- mine was basically out of necessity (I have a job that can basically only be done from Las Vegas, so if I wanted to do it full-time, I didn't have much of a choice).
     
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  8. azlefty

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    I have no reason to doubt your daughter's abilities, but be sure to keep in mind that most of the universities in California have become VERY impacted and in the last several years and admission has become extremely competitive, even schools that back in my day were not considered competitive at all. As a near-worst-case example, see the UCLA 2019 admitted class profile (notice that the top table is applicants, whereas the middle table is admitted students). Also, out of state tuition for UCs is very expensive, so make sure you meet residency requirements. My understanding is that UC Merced is an exception and has more spaces available than students who want to go there. Unless the impending recession changes things, the big public schools in nearby states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico accept a much greater proportion of their applicants, and I understand that U. of Arizona in particular is quite generous with financial aid grants for out-of-state students. Go Cats! A close friend of mine who coaches students on applying to college has a lot of positive things to say about the honors programs at UA, UNLV, etc.

    If you have so much flexibility and you aren't moving to Vegas for the gambling, have you considered any of the other areas in the West? Arizona for example is beautiful and interesting and quite affordable. I lived in Tucson 1995-2001 and rents in many parts of town haven't gone up much since then. I've lived most of my life in California (handle notwithstanding) and I love many things about California, but it has frankly gotten difficult to make ends meet here in the coastal cities, even on a pretty good salary, due to the high rents and real estate prices. Also, many people who aren't from here are appalled by the traffic; those of us who grew up here just expect it to take an hour to get pretty much anywhere you need to go, or more if it's rush hour. The Los Angeles area has 19 million people and they all have to live somewhere and drive somewhere else. One place in Southern California that is still relatively affordable is the Palm Desert/Indio area. You can buy a nice house there for around $300k, a condo for considerably less. If you can bear the heat (and it's HOT in the summer), but it's something of an acquired taste, and you can find work, you could do much worse.
     
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  9. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    So much truth in all of that. Well stated.
     
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  10. bull1029

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    Only two factors are keeping me from moving to Vegas and becoming a professional sports bettor: Lack of bankroll, and the fact that I can't pick games very effectively. Once I get those two nailed, Sin City here I come!
     
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