How could a foreign student rents one room in an apartment?

Asked by cuichunrong60, Los Angeles, CA Fri Jun 15, 2012

One Chinese student is going to study in the University of Southern California and will arrive in Los Angeles in July 18, 2012. He hopes to rent one room in an apartment around the University whithin 1 mile as cheaper as possible. If He is interested in some room in your website of the, how could he rent it? How does he sign contract now because he is outside Los Angeles? How much commion fee does he pay?

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Rolando, , Los Angeles, CA
Thu Jun 28, 2012
You can find an apartment in the Pico Union area for around 400-600 a month. That is the lowest I can think of if you want your own place. Search zipcodes in 90006, 90007 and 90037. You won't have to pay a commission fee at all. Don't pay one. You will need first and last month rent to move in. That's it.
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Lynn Le Glai…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jun 15, 2012
There are student housing boards available at the university. You could also contact a service that specializes in student housing. Once you are at the university, it'll be a lot easier to locate housing, etc. Still, I can help you with advice and the like.
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Douglas Perez…, Home Buyer, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jun 15, 2012
Hey cuichunrong60,

LA is way overcrowded and rentals are tough. Craigslist is a good source, but you must beware. Do you have any USC adviser to help out ?

What's your maximum rent / month?

Some sources:
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Jeneen Oh, Agent, Los Angeless, CA
Fri Jun 15, 2012
The best source for rooms for rent is on There is a section under HOUSING on the bulletin that is specifically for Rooms for Rent/Shared, where people looking for a roommate or renting out a room in their apartment or house post.

Also, you can look into bulletin boards through USC's housing department and also their classified section. As this a living situation with another person(s), make sure to ask questions about the living situation; such as, are they smokers? an early bird or night owls? Do they have frequent visitors? Do they work out of the house? shared common area? parking? laundry facility? furnished or non-furnished? walking distance to USC campus? security deposit and so for? Here is the direct link:…

Fight ON!
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Lynn Le Glai…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jun 15, 2012
HI Cui Chun Rong,
Please email me directly at I can help you a great deal. There are Chinese speakers on my team.

YOu can also call me--323-219-4480.
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Heather Lee…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jun 15, 2012
Hello there!

Go to Or You should be able to find all your answers there. Those are the two sites I always recommend.

You can also try driving around the neighborhood near USC where you will find plenty of "FOR RENT" signs, specifically for students.

Good luck!

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