Ugh, isn’t it so stressful planning to move to a new city at a young age? Of course not! Read below the tips and tricks I used to make my transition from rural to city girl as smooth as possible!
1. Get a Good Job
This is a given, but the most important so hear me out. Make sure you can get a job that offers great benefits, and a great salary. City living can be expensive and you want to make sure that you will be completely financially stable so you can have fun!
2. Research Neighborhoods
You should do this before you move so that you know what to expect out of your community. Typically, people like to live around people their own age and income bracket. So research neighborhoods for young professionals so you’ll fit right in. Also keep in mind the nightlife, food, and miscellaneous places near by should fit your taste too!
3. Find an Apartment Complex That Fits Your Needs
This is very important. You should google reviews about each apartment complex so that you aren’t blindsided by crazy neighbors or worse (rat infestations). It’s always fun to live somewhere that throws events, so research places that have a strong community! When I was moving to Charlotte from East Stroudsburg, PA I researched for hours narrowing down my options so I lived in the safest, most fun place there was.
4. Find Family Near By
Ask your parents or extended family if they know anyone who lives in your city or nearby. This is great information to have in case of an emergency. It’s also great for unique tips and tricks about your city! Maybe they know the best clubs to go to, or the best restaurant in town. It’s always relieving to know that there is someone who’s lived there longer so you know what to expect.
5. If You’re Religious, Find a Place of Worship You Can Call Home
I’m a Christian, so I wanted to make sure the church I joined made me feel part of the family. Finding a place of worship can be hard because some churches may do things differently than what you’re used to. Every church is NOT the same. When you move to your city, take some time to ask around and get advice from people who have lived there for a while. Once you find your Church, you can make more friends and feel more at home.
6. Find a Reliable Roomie
Now if you are planning to live alone you can skip this part, if not read on girl! I’m not sure about you but I feel a bit safer rooming with people of my own gender, so join sites that make it easy and safe to connect. Sites like roommates.com or roomies.com helped me find roommates that were in the same predicament as me. I found my roommates on roommates.com and I am now really close with two of them! We are millennials, there are so many resources out now-a-days that we can use to transition to adulthood smoothly!
7. Save, Save, Save
Before you make the big trip save your money! You will need to pay for SO many things (security deposits, hotel rooms, etc.), so having a lump sum of money before hand creates less stress. This also prepares you for other immediate expenses such as financing or leasing a car or buying work clothes.
Well there you have it! These are the tips and tricks that I used to smoothly move from a rural mountain town to a southern city! I was able to have fun going out and make new friends within days of moving to the city. If any of you have any extra tips or tried out my tips let me know in the comment section!