Thinking about moving to New York? There’s tons here for you, with plenty of economic opportunity in a variety of different industries, as well as a thriving social scene. However, moving to New York can be a big challenge, particularly if you’ve never lived in such a large city before. Here are some tips to help make your transition to the Big Apple a little bit easier.

  • Chances are, you’re going to have less space in New York than you did wherever you lived in the past. New York is crowded, which means you probably won’t have room for all your furniture and other knick-knacks that you had at home. Before moving, go through your things and decide which ones are most important, and then leave the rest behind. Bringing too much stuff with you only makes moving that much more difficult.
  • Research neighborhoods before you start searching for apartments to get a good idea of where you want to live. Consider things like noise levels, access to public transit, neighborhood amenities like restaurants and parks, and affordablity. NYC can be completely different from one neighborhood to the next, so it really helps to get an idea of what you want before you start hunting. There’s tons of information online regarding New York’s different neighborhoods that you can delve into.
  • Don’t bring your car. This should be a given to most people moving to New York, but it’s still important to state it. Instead, make use of public transportation and walking as often as you can. It’s much, much cheaper and often faster and more convenient as well. Parking fees in New York are incredibly high, so you’ll spend tons of money to have a car without getting much value out of it.
  • Network as much as you can to find job options. Often the best jobs in the city aren’t the ones you’ll find on Indeed or other job-hunting sites, but instead can be found by talking to people in your industry. Luckily, there’s tons going on in New York, which means you can find industry events to attend where you’ll meet other people. This is not only helpful for your career, but making friends can help you feel settled and happy in New York much more quickly.

Although moving to New York can be scary, don’t give up if things seem overwhelming at first. With time, you’ll start to feel like a true New Yorker.