I was 22 when I moved across the country by myself. Six weeks after I graduated from college I packed up my bags and moved from Portland, Oregon to NYC. While moving to a new city can be a huge shock and take a while to adjust, these tips and tricks will make it easier!
LEARN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Being in a new city is hard work, you don’t need to make it harder by not knowing where things are. Spend a day walking around your neighborhood and familiarize yourself with anything you might need: grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, and coffee shops are all great things to know how to get to.
FIND A PLACE TO MAKE YOURS
For me that place was the library, but for you it can be wherever you feel the most at home! Parks, coffee shops, and restaurants are all great ideas. Get to know the people who work there and they can provide you with friendship and ideas of new things to see and do.
DOWNLOAD HEY! VINA
Meeting new friends is hard! You might meet someone at work, or at your place, but downloading Hey! VINA is a guaranteed way to make friends! Me and my vina group set up brunch dates, happy hours, and more. Remember, everyone on Hey! VINA is there because they are looking for friends too, so there’s no confusion about expectations.
GET TO KNOW ROOMMATES AND/OR NEIGHBORS
Like many young adults, you will probably have at least one roommate. While you don’t need to be best friends (but maybe you are!) take some time to get to know them. If you’re lucky enough to live alone, say hi to your neighbors if you see them in the hall and learn about some of the best local places from them.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet vinas who share the same values and interests as you. Work volunteering into your routine on a weekly basis and you will start seeing the same faces week after week and even make some new friends. Animal shelters, libraries, and community centers are always great places to volunteer.
MAKE YOUR NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE A HOME
When moving into your new abode it is critical to make yourself feel comfortable. Bring along reminders of home, hang up pictures of you and your friends, and make sure that your house is a place that you really want to be. Eventually, the new city will start to feel like home, too!
What steps do you take to feel more at home in a new city? Let us know in the comments!
(Feature image via @shelbyeastman)