Down here about 90% of our non-residential non-freeway roads have marked bicycle sections (even higher around UCSD and up into North County) and bicycles among automobile traffic are fairly common. Auto-bicycle accidents are rare, too. In fact, North County has a system of entirely separate bicycle routes.Also, I would say from personal experience while cycling, anyplace except a dedicated bike path is difficult to deal with culturally and dangerous.
It's better if you have a source of income or savings up there, but otherwise not something to take into consideration. The local economy is more important, which is why I live where I do. People are leaving for cheaper housing and lower incomes after graduating here, companies are losing their most experienced baby boomers to retirement, and they have a hard time replacing them, while the economy is otherwise strong. Therefore, there is a vacuum in most industries that makes moving here attractive if you can make enough to live here comfortably (that is, for people like me). I can all-but guarantee that if you can get the work permit (or work on campus, if that's allowed), that you'll make more than enough to offset the exchange rate and cost of living.Originally Posted by Usehername