4 Tips for Moving to a Big City
Moving to a big city for the first time can be such an incredible moment in your life. There are so many things to be excited about, including greater opportunities for growth in both your professional and personal life, endless options when looking for entertainment, as well as a unique chance to really discover who you are and what you want out of life. When I first moved to New York City to pursue my acting career, I was a bit worried and I didn't know what to expect, so a few tips might help you acclimate and readjust to your new city.
1. Do Your Research: Regardless of if you have lived in a city before, it’s a good idea to research the new city you’ll be moving to. If you know someone who has lived or currently lives in that city, then contact them and ask any important information that will give you an advantage. Research the housing options to find a place you like and can afford. Another idea would be to look into employment options in case you are moving and do not have a job lined up. Also, get familiar with any regulations or local laws like if you are bringing a car and looking into parking on the street or in a garage. Last, be sure to look at the weather so you know what clothes you need to pack or buy.
2. Find A Job: If you are moving to the city because of a job, that is wonderful because it is one less thing you have to worry about. However, if you are like me, I moved to NYC to become an artist and didn't have a full time job lined up. Update your resume and mentally prepare for a tough fit. In big cities, it’s normal to have hundreds of applicants for one single job listing. Do not become discouraged by the competition. Look into free services or professional recommendations to make your resume stand out from the rest of the group. If you are an artist, reach out to other creatives who might know of some job openings as well.
3. Budget Wisely: You’ll soon learn that it can be very challenging moving to a big city than living in a small town. Costs of living are higher with food, transportation, services, housing, and utilities. Even look at the cost of taking public transit vs having a car. As a result, the higher cost of living will require much tighter control over what you spend your money on. Cities give you a chance to shop smarter with several deals, freebies, discount coupons, and more. Look into public parks, free concerts, and admission-free days at your favorite museums. I am also a huge fan of thrifting!
Image: New Jersey Transport Inc Company
4. Hiring Movers To Assist You: It might seem simple to move to the city and you might think it’s saving you money, but this could be more difficult than you realize. Hiring a moving company to help you move your possessions not only allows you to focus on other important items but also gives you peace of mind to get everything done. A popular company called New Jersey Transport Inc Company offers services in the New Jersey area. Not only do they help you move from one location to the next, but they also assist in storing and moving your items in New Jersey. This professional company can work hard for you and is key to keeping you calm during such a big transition in your life.
Hopefully, these tips can help you when you decide to move to a big city. Be sure to go out and meet new people, talk to your neighbors and enjoy the time you have exploring your new concrete jungle!