Originally Answered: College Graduate Moving To California, Any Suggestions Were To Live?
Yeah, I agree - find a job first. It's really tough out here. I have several friends with degrees who are either unemployed, or working part time seasonal jobs right now.
That being said, the amount of money you need depends on where you want to live, and how much space you want. Here in the Bay Area, a studio would probably cost at least $1000 a month. So for deposits and first/last month's rent, $3000 should cover it (doesn't include furniture, food, or any other expenses). If you just rent a single room, it will be around $500 a month. San Francisco is significantly more expensive than the rest of the Bay. Los Angeles and Southern California is a bit less expensive, and Sacramento and the rest of the Central Valley is more reasonable.
Warm year round? Depends on how you define warm. Except for high elevations in the Sierra and Siskiyou mountains, most of California does not get cold enough for snow. Central Valley and Bay Area winter temps are around 50-60 highs, as low as freezing for lows. Rain storms throughout the winter. The closer you get to the ocean, the more moderate the weather is - cooler in the summer, not as cold in the winter. Coastal places like San Francisco and Monterey are around the same temperature all year. I'm not as familiar with weather in So Cal, but from what I understand it is a lot warmer and they rarely get rain storms.