There’s no other place in the world like Los Angeles. There are cities that are bigger, but none of them match the energy that this sprawling, unique, beautiful city has to offer. Whether you’re moving to LA for business ventures, to get a head start on your acting career, or for something completely different, the City of Angels has something for everybody.

New Zealand Movers have helped many Kiwis trade in their quiet home towns for the sleepless metropolis of Los Angeles. Here, the team at New Zealand Movers compile what they’ve learned over 40 years of moving Kiwis to Los Angeles. This is your expat’s guide to living in LA!

Choose your neighbourhood wisely

LA is a huge place, with a population of over 13 million people. And unlike other metropolises like New York or Hong Kong, Los Angeles is spread out; people generally live in homes rather than dense apartment blocks. This means there are hundreds of neighbourhoods to choose from, each with their own characteristics that make them beautiful. Families are attracted to the safe, convenient locations of Culver City and Diamond Bar. For young professionals, it’s all about hip neighbourhoods like West Hollywood (WeHo, for short), Venice Beach and Santa Monica. There are so many great suburbs in Los Angeles, so it’s up to you to do your research and pick the perfect spot.

Climate in Los Angeles

For those who love the sunshine, LA has got you covered in it. Year-round sunshine and warm weather is what you can expect as an expat living in Los Angeles, thanks to the city’s distinctly Mediterranean climate. If you were thinking about a white Christmas, you’ll have to head further north; it’s not uncommon for Christmas Day to be 27-28 degrees Celsius in Los Angeles.

Job-seeking in Los Angeles

It’s easier to move to Los Angeles, and America in general, when you’ve already got a job lined up. As soon as you have employment arranged, it takes the pressure out of obtaining visas and navigating the US’s rules around staying in the country on a tourist visa. If you’re planning to find work when you arrive, this is possible too, but you’re only given a period of three months on your tourist visa before you have to gain employment or exit the country.

Getting comfortable in LA

The way to make yourself comfortable when moving to a new place is to research and prepare accordingly. You want to start off on the right foot, so that everything falls in its right place immediately. The way most Kiwis do this is by calling New Zealand Movers on: 0800 000 022

NZ Movers are the nation’s finest team for international relocations. Transporting your belongings across the Pacific with absolutely zero fuss, the team at New Zealand Movers want to make your move to Los Angeles as easy as possible. For over 40 years, their team has helped countless others to relocate to North America, as well as every other continent on the globe… apart from Antarctica, of course. Get in touch and start your new life in LA today!

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