These 5 Apps Make City Living Easier
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These 5 Apps Make City Living Easier

by Justine Figueroa
Photos Joe Kathrina | November 09, 2015

THE FEW APPS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED EVERYDAY, CAN HELP PAVE THE WAY IN A NEW CITY. IT CAN BE A SCARY JOURNEY, BUT IF YOU COME PREPARED IT'S EASY TO TACKLE THE BIG BAD CITY. 

Living in a big city for the first time can really be tough. You have to navigate an entirely new lifestyle and maybe (and almost worse) a daunting urban transit system, a process that can feel overwhelming. {Click to Tweet} Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions right at your fingertips. These apps make moving from a small town to a big city much easier.

VENMO

Venmo is a free digital wallet that makes shared payments a total breeze. You can use it to split payments on girl’s night out, pay your share of the rent and utilities with your roommates, or split a cab with coworkers after a company dinner. It takes the awkwardness out of splitting the bill and you don’t need to worry about cash when you want to go out with friends.

MEETUP

Meetup is a great app to use if you’re moving to a place where you don’t know many people. There are thousands of meetup groups organized by neighborhood, industry, even the most uncommon shared interests or hobbies. Use it to network, find a job in your new city, or make local friends. You can even start your own meetup group to find people who love obscure movies or long-distance running as much as you do.

UBER

If you’re in a big city, Uber is the best transit app to use when you need a ride. It’s an inexpensive alternative to taxis for late nights at the office, getting home safely after drinks with the girls, or finally making it to your destination after getting lost in your new city. Pricing is cheaper than the average cab and you can even get estimates of how much a ride will cost you. Other bonuses: paying for an Uber is done directly through your phone, so you don’t have to worry about carrying around cash, and if you’re looking to make extra money, you can even become an Uber driver in your free time.

There are plenty of solutions right at your fingertips that make moving from a small town to a big city much easier.

COMPANION

You might end up walking alone after a late night at the office or coming back from dinner (it happens). Companion is the personal safety app that will make you feel much more comfortable when commuting alone. The app allows you to select “companions” from your address book to walk home with you. You can select your parents or a friend, who will receive a link or a notification in their app, to watch you walk home, the same way you watch an Uber pull up in front of your apartment on the app. It gives your companion your ETA, so they know if they need to call and check up on you. There’s a button you can use to call the police, if something does happen to you or you can select “I feel nervous,” which will notify other Companion users of a particular sketchy area.

POSTMATES

If you’re living in a new city or are on your own for the first time, cooking for yourself on a regular basis can be a hard habit to get into. For lazy nights, working lunches, or days when you’re snowed in, Postmates is the ultimate delivery app. You can send in your order to any restaurant and someone will go order it and bring it to you. It’s great if you’re navigating a new area and don’t want to risk being late coming back from lunch because you couldn’t find Chipotle. You can also get personal items, office supplies, or anything sold in stores brought directly to your door. And when you’re sick? Have Postmates pick up soup, orange juice, and your prescription from the pharmacy for you.

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Which of these apps have saved you during your first year in a big city?