How to Find Your Way When You're Living Alone in a New City
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How to Find Your Way When You're Living Alone in a New City

by Madison Thompson
Photos Diana Zapata | August 10, 2015

MOVING TO A NEW CITY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A CHALLENGE. HERE'S HOW TO FIND THE BEST SPOTS TO LIVE, SHOP, AND MEET NEW PEOPLE. 

To some, starting fresh in a new city may be overwhelming, and to others, it is exceptionally freeing. Whether you do a significant amount of research ahead of time or not, there are things that you will have to learn throughout the journey. And yes, moving to—and living in—a new city is a journey, and not simply a new destination. {Click to Tweet}

Moving to—and living in—a new city is a journey, and not simply a new destination. 

Starting fresh in a new location without much knowledge of your new city comes with various challenges. It is easy to take your current location and level of comfort for granted. While it will take time and energy, your new location will soon feel like “home.”

WHERE TO LIVE

Finding a place to live can take a long time. To start, you might sublet or stay in an Airbnb, so you have an opportunity to identify in which part of your new city you want to plant your feet. 

Originally when I moved, I sublet an apartment, and I could be happier that I didn’t sign a lease ahead of time. In a new city, you need to find the neighborhood that fits your personality and interests, or is convenient for your commute. If you sign on the dotted line and submit a deposit first, you may soon regret your location choice.

In a new city, you need to find the neighborhood that fits your personality and interests, or is convenient for your commute. 

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WHERE TO SHOP

When it comes to finding your favorite new coffee shop (or any other place to shop), my advice is to explore your options and ask the locals.

If you love your coworker’s haircut, ask them where they go. Take time to research online and read reviews. Being proactive and seeking advice is going to be important while you are trying to get your feet on the ground.

WHO TO MEET 

Be open to the new opportunities that your new city provides you, and never say no to an invitation. {Click to Tweet} You may be exhausted after moving into a new place or starting a new job, but don’t decline happy hour with your coworkers. The relationships you slowly develop will make the new location seem more like home.

And being involved in activities you enjoy and care about will also present opportunities to meet new people. Have faith in—and enjoy—the process, and you will find the right crowd of people for you.

Have faith in—and enjoy—the process, and you will find the right crowd of people for you.

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WHO TO REMEMBER 

True and genuine relationships aren’t built over night. That is why it is vital to put effort into maintaining all of the existing relationships you have. Your childhood friend that has seen you at your worst will always be just a phone call away.

I have found that it is helpful to dedicate my walk home, or open time on the weekends, to call and text my family and friends who are located elsewhere. Simple gestures will remind you both how important your relationship is, and you may find comfort in chatting about familiar topics. 

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Your mindset can make a huge difference as you find your way alone in a new city. {Click to Tweet} Approach your new situation with optimism, and realize that starting a life alone, in a new location, proves that you are strong and independent. 

Approach your new situation with optimism, and realize that starting a life alone, in a new location, proves that you are strong and independent. 

There is no denying that bumps in the road will exist, but soon you’ll find it feels like home.