Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Arriving in/Moving to Los Angeles

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The information found on these pages is part of a comprehensive booklet, A Guide to Living in Los Angeles, which is available for viewing/download. Click here to view the Flash version of the guide.

A traditional PDF is also available (PDF)

Also see: Living in Los Angeles

Arriving in Los Angeles
Moving to Los Angeles
Things to Do Before the Move

LA Neighborhoods at a Glance
Map of Los Angeles


By Air

There are five major airports service the greater Los Angeles area:

  • LAX
    Located near the 405/105 freeway junction, just south of the 10 freeway (Sepulveda Blvd. and Century Blvd.)
    (310) 646-5252

  • Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)
    Located off of the 5 freeway, between the 170 and 134 freeways (2627 N. Hollywood Way)
    (818) 840-8840

  • Long Beach Airport
    Located off of the 405 freeway, between the 710 and 605 freeways
    (562) 570-2600

  • John Wayne Airport (Orange County)
    Located off of the 405 freeway, just southeast of the 55 freeway (at Airport Way)
    (714) 252-5006

  • Ontario International Airport
    Located near the 10/15 freeway junction, just north of the 60 freeway (Airport Drive and Vineyard Avenue)
    (909) 988-2700

  • Transportation from the Airport:

    If you have not made arrangements to be met at the airport, we suggest that you take one of the many shuttle vans that take you 'door-to-door' from the airport to your destination; this is a registered and reliable means of transportation. The van will bring you from the airport directly to any location you wish. You can call for reservations in advance, although it is not necessary and depending on your destination, the cost is, on average, $20-30. Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle are two of the larger door-to-door shuttle services.

  • Prime Time Shuttle
    (800) RED-VANS (733-8267)

  • SuperShuttle
    (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826)

  • You can also use a taxi to get to your destination. However, the cost will likely be more than double that of an airport shuttle.

    Los Angeles Taxis
    LA Checker Cab Co.
    (800) 300-5007
    United Independent Taxi (800) 822-8294
    Yellow Cab (877) 733-3305

    Be sure to call the companies directly to determine the actual cost for your specific destination and board airport shuttles or taxis at officially designated places only.

    By Car

    The Southwestern campus is just east of Vermont Avenue at Wilshire Boulevard between Westmoreland Avenue and Wilshire Place. The parking lot entrance is located on Wilshire Place at 7th Street. A map of the Southwestern campus and driving directions are available online.

    When to Arrive

    It is strongly recommended that you have your living arrangements resolved at least one month prior to the August Orientation. To have an apartment for early to mid-August, you need to be visiting apartments, making a deposit and signing a lease the first week of July. If you wait until the first week of August to begin your housing search, it will be likely that you will not be able to move until September 1, and therefore you should plan for temporary housing.

    Incoming students who have an apartment and are looking for a roommate should contact the Admissions Office and place their information on our Roommate List.

    Being Financially Prepared

    When planning to arrive in Los Angeles, it may be a good idea to bring enough cash or traveler's checks to get through your initial three-week stay. All out of town checks when deposited in the bank are held for 5-10 days, and you are not able to draw out these funds until the checks have cleared. Check with your current bank to see if their services differ from other banks.



    Click here for more information on housing. The Admissions Office at Southwestern is also happy to provide students with a variety of sources to help them find appropriate accommodations in the Los Angeles area. If you have any questions, please contact that Office.

On-Campus Student Housing


    Although there are a variety of options available for phone service, the two primary local telephone companies are AT&T and Verizon. Information is available online for either company. When you call for the initial set-up, be prepared to spend a good deal of time establishing the account; it is also helpful to call ahead of time.

    You will need to provide the following information:

    • Your new address, including apartment number
    • Your employer, or previous employer
    • Your former address and phone number
    • When you want the service connected (starting date)
    • The options you do (or do not) want, such as call waiting, caller ID, voice mail, etc.
    • And, whether you've had an account with this company before

    If you have not had phone service before, you will be required to pay a deposit; the phone company will apply it as a credit on your first bill. There may be other installation charges as well. Once you contact the telephone company to set up your phone line and the service is connected, don't forget to check that the phone jacks in your apartment work.

    As a student, you should also consider whether you need high-speed internet access from the telephone company or another service provider.

    Other Utilities

    Additional utility companies that you might need to contact are listed below. Check with your landlord or manager to see which utilities are covered by the property and/or already set up (usually water and trash). You may be able sign-up for most services online or you may have to call to speak with a customer service representative.

    • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
      Customer Service Hotline:
      (800) DIAL-DWP
    • Southern California Gas Company
      (800) 427-2200


Remember to have your mail forwarded to your new address in Los Angeles. This service is offered by the United States Postal Service. You may sign up online at or stop by any post office and pick-up a moving guide, complete with mail-forwarding postcards and valuable moving information.

    Things to Do Before the Move

    • Obtain important documents and records, such as medical information.
    • Close all old accounts, utilities, etc. It's a good idea to call about utilities as far in advance as possible, in case there is a problem or the company needs to send a representative to set up the new service.
    • Sell or donate things you don't want to take with you.
    • Keep all necessities in a bag, separate from moving boxes.
    • Alert your family and friends and leave contact information or a forwarding address.

This information is part of the comprehensive booklet, A Guide to Living in Los Angeles. Click here to view the Flash version of the Guide. A traditional PDF is also available (PDF).

Please note: This information is intended as a general guide only. Southwestern does not endorse any third parties and makes no warranties or representations concerning the accuracy of information. Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on location, amenities, etc. Also note, this information is not exclusive, so you may wish to research and consider other sources of information.