Will he have money to pay for a room or an apartment?
If so, what is his budget?
L.A. is very different from most places and the prices you pay may not necessarily get you more or less. The best thing to do is visit the area, if you havent already and view a couple of units with a few realtors to get an idea. Renting a room can be somewhat claustophobic and noisy in LA as most places that do that type of business generally have very low-standards on the types of folks they will rent to and the quality of the units may be a little less desirable than your own place.
Firstly, congrats on getting into the school. Our son attends UCLA and found a nice apartment within walking distance of the school as well as the rest of the campus. All apartments, being older or newer are not cheap. We had (4) like minded roommates sharing a large 2 bedroom 2 full bath. The rent share was about & 725.00 including internet, water, and such. As of yesterday, June 16, 2012, I saw lots of apartment buildings looking for tenants Start looking and let managers know you are looking for the future.. Since Westwood can be party central, he building managers as well as other students know the party buildings and the party streets. Again congrats, as we are looking forward to our soon attending the same medical school.
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Housing is scarce due to the College, look into "student housing" on the campus for affordable housing.
Consider other near by neighborhoods (less then 20 minute commutes) such as:
West Los Angeles Area, Culver City or Santa Monica.
As far as renting a room vs an apartment is probably a matter of preference for your friend. Will he be comfortable living with strangers? Is he more comfortable living alone? He needs to determine his budget and compare the cost of an apartment with renting a room.
All my best,