Fullerton has everything that a city needs to make it in demand with a wide range of people, meaning competition for apartments is high. If you start looking around February you give yourself enough time to make sure you find a place for the fall.
The high price of rent in Fullerton is going to affect how you apply for an apartment. Have either a strong credit report or a strong proof of income to show in order to increase your chances. That doesn't have to mean proof of employment. Proof of a scholarship or a consignor on your lease can serve the same purpose.
The Orange Country Transit Authority bus routes are a relatively effective way to traverse Fullerton and Orange Country as a whole. However, all of southern California was designed with car culture and car owners in mind. Having a car in Fullerton will make your daily commutes quick and painless.
Most of the action in Fullteron is found right downtown. Harbour and Commonwealth are the streets where you'll find the best shopping, dining, coffee and drinks in town. The concentrated location makes it a great place to take a group of friends, because there's something for everyone within a short walk. The Metrolink also connects Fullerton to everywhere in the area, including the heart of L.A., a great trip not to be missed.