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There is a 10-week paid internship at the University of California, San Diego that I was considering applying for. I know that there is a solid amount of people from California on Crunchyroll, and I was wondering what living there is like. I tried living in a city once for college when I was 18 (Boston), but that didn't work very well for me. So I am a bit nervous about possibly moving to San Diego, even if it is only for 10 weeks. I am a lot more mature now than I was then, so I think I should be fine, but I'm still curious what living there would be like for me.
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I would see why I mean Japan is a plane or Boat trip away.
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Housing is fairly expensive in California. I haven't been in San Diego but I imagine its higher than usual, maybe worse than Boston. Also, most apartments are looking for 6 months to 1 year leases. Sometimes you'll be able to find 3 months or (even rarer) monthly leases. You could probably find cheaper accommodations in sites like craigslist (not sure how safe), or are you getting a dorm in the university?

Anyways, good luck on getting that internship. You should apply even if you later reject an offer.
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KingRider4 wrote:

There is a 10-week paid internship at the University of California, San Diego that I was considering applying for. I know that there is a solid amount of people from California on Crunchyroll, and I was wondering what living there is like. I tried living in a city once for college when I was 18 (Boston), but that didn't work very well for me. So I am a bit nervous about possibly moving to San Diego, even if it is only for 10 weeks. I am a lot more mature now than I was then, so I think I should be fine, but I'm still curious what living there would be like for me.


Figure out your costs for traveling, an apartment, food and utilities while living there. Also check the availability of apartments in the area that you want to stay in. California is an expensive place to live. depending on how much you get paid for the internship you might end up losing money.
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San Diego is awesome weather and people don't wear much clothing lots of Tats. I think you should jump at the opportunity and go for it. Their is a Naval base near so housing can be a challenge but deals are around. TJ for week-end is tons of fun make sure you have Drivers License or Passport for the Border Crossing
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I've only visited California twice, and I loved it there. Sadly, I'm stuck in Minnesota and I can't leave just yet. Although I don't know that I could handle California's large cities, because I'm from a small town in rural Minnesota.
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UCSD's main campuses (there are like 6 colleges that all combine to all of UCSD) are in La Jolla. La Jolla is where RICH people, retirees, and celebrities live and tourists go. It's nice af. La Jolla Cove is right on the beach but it's half suburban half urban.

Only downtown San Diego is really the city, where people hit the streets for the Gaslamp District, Comic-con, zoo and all that jazz.

San Diego county is big af. If you were to stay on campus at UCSD then you would have the time of your life. If you were to stay more north than those are all beach city suburbs, totally fit for people not into the whole city scene. EVERYTHING you could ever want is like within a 20 min drive of you. East of La Jolla is all just communities and stuff.

But mind you, these aren't suburbs like lines of rows and houses, housing is on hills, with trails people hike, state parks, and what not. There's A LOT to do in SD.
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Thanks everyone, San Diego sounds like a really cool place. It's through the university, so a shared double room is available for me if I want it, and I don't have to worry about finding an apartment. I'm definitely going to apply for it now, and I have a 3.981 GPA right now and am up for an award from my school, so I should have a decent shot at getting it. Thanks again for the help.
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It's super expensive, but if you are going just for 10 weeks, do it! The time to take advantage of these types of endeavors is now. Once you are older and tied down to a job and/or family it will be extremely difficult to take the same opportunity.

When I was younger I taught English in NYC for a month and lived abroad in Colombia for 4 months, definitely great experiences and gave me an opportunity to see more of the world and figure out what I wanted to do with my life.


Never been to California, but my best friend is stationed in San Diego and tells me how much he loves it all the time, so it can't be that bad of a place

Best of luck :)

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Everything is more expensive in California - everything.

If living in Boston was hard, expect something similar, if not perhaps more expensive. San Diego is a nice city if you hang around the La Jolla and downtown areas, but the nicer areas do tend to have higher costs for food and whatnot, not to mention entertainment.

If you're here for ten weeks, then be sure you got an exit plan lined up, or be prepared to exercise incredible spending discipline. From the sounds of it, you're footing quite a bit of the bill.

Oh, be sure you have access to a car, or some sort of transportation. Public transport is, while getting better, still rather spotty.

As pointed out above this is very likely bound to result in a monetary loss for you, you're going to need to do your research beforehand.
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