Moving from a small town or suburb to a new city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.
Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you are joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.
Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you will stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you have not seen. If you cannot get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that is not possible, know what you will do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.
Get involved. Meeting people in a new city can be scary for the most part and exciting as well. You should to pick and choose who you want to live around or associate with. Take the initiative. If there are things you loved to do where your from, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Most cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.
Mind your wallet. If you have a limited amount of money, learn where to go that is in your price range when you want to shop, or go out to eat. Anything that you feel is interesting to you go for it. Some museums and parks are free in most cities, just look online and find them.