It’s always a gamble when you are looking for a place to live with limited funds but I have always had options. The more money you have, the better your options. I have found all of my housing options on Craigslist.
You should check out these 50 Moving to LA stories to get a glimpse into how some of the other LA transplants have managed to survive here and what advice they have to offer.
You can do this! If you really want to!