Moving to a new city is a rite of passage for many people and it could be a chance to completely reinvent yourself. Moving could also open you up to all sorts of new opportunities and help you discover yourself. But, if you don’t plan your move correctly, you could end up disappointed by your experience. You have to know as much as you can about the destination you are considering and see if you’re ready to make a permanent move in the first place. Here are a few things that you need to do before you make a permanent move to a new city.
Build a Network Before Going
There are so many ways for you to get to know people in a new city without having to live there. You can go on sites like City-Data and chat with people there. You can also look for SubReddits dedicated to the city of your choice. Look for Facebook groups with people coming from that city or go on sites like TripAdvisor and participate in discussions.
Tell people that you are thinking of living in the city and see if they have recommendations. They may be able to direct you towards people and resources. They will help you get adjusted and may show you around the city once you get there.
Look for Accommodation Early
If you’re moving to a big city like London, you will have to be prepared to deal with the fierce and scarce housing market there. Even if you have the money to afford a nice flat, you may have to go for something smaller once you get there until you can find something permanent. It would be a good idea to find a room for rent where you’ll be able to stay while you search for flats.
Spend at Least a Week there Before Moving
Going to a city based on the things you’ve heard from it or read online is a bad idea. It’s always better to have spent some time there first so you can tell whether you like the ambiance and if you’re a good fit for the city.
You should also try to act as if you are living in the city and not as a tourist. Go through your average activities and see how easy it is to get from point A to point B. If you’re a remote worker, try to find spots where you can work and see how you like them. Take your regular strolls and see how comfortable you are. And look for a few entertainment, shopping, or dining options. This will allow you to tell if you’ll be able to actually enjoy yourself in that city.
Go to a Few Mixer Events
We would also suggest that you go to a few mixer events in the city. They can be professional or convivial. They will allow you to start building a circle fast and will make your transition to your new city much easier.
Moving to a new city can seem scary at first glance, but it doesn’t have to be. Just make sure that you are well prepared and don’t hesitate to ask other people who live there about things you may or may not like about the city.