Top 7 Hacks to Survive in a New City

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Moving to a New City

Whether you have moved to the better side of the town or crossed the boundary to explore the greener grass on the other part of the world, you need to be ready to discover life on your own. You may step out and make new friends with time, but following certain life hacks will help you settle down soon.

Follow Google map to reach your destination on time in the New City

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When the reality of knowing almost no one in the new city sinks in, you may find yourself in a nerve-wrecking situation. But fret not! In the world of technology, the chances of you being marooned are relatively less. The Google map will always keep you on the right track, saving your considerable time in figuring out ways all by yourself. Besides Google maps, try other applications like Zomato, Swiggy to locate local eating joints in your vicinity. Another useful application is Nearbuy, an online market place that connects users to local eateries, stores, hangout hubs and what not.

Reach out to your neighbors in the New City

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Don’t hesitate to take the first friendly step towards your neighbors. You don’t have to be over-friendly with them and intrude into their privacy all of a sudden, but develop a good rapport from a comfortable distance. This will help you in knowing about the grocery store, laundry space and public transport facilities available in the locality. Life will look simpler if you have few acquaintances to help you deal with challenges of the new city.

Stay healthy in  the New City

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In a testing situation where everything is new for you, you are expected to be complacent about your health. But, you need to be a little more careful and ensure that the water you are drinking is pure. You cannot trust the purity of water supply at your home. Only an RO water purifier can be your savior. Kent RO water purifiers not only purify drinking water of harmful contaminants but also retain its essential minerals. You may have read many times that drinking adequate water is important to stay hydrated and healthy. Don’t just drink sufficient water at regular intervals, but also be sure that it is pure and safe to consume.

Rent furniture of your choice in the New City

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You may have to dig into your savings while shifting to a new city. The idea of buying new furniture at this point of time may seem like putting yourself in a demanding situation. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to stay in a deserted house! You can bring home furniture on rent for whatever time you want. You could also consider buying second-hand furniture. However, renting furniture is more viable. Just in case, the spirit of the new city fails to grow on you, moving back home will not be that difficult. It is logistically simple and will allow you to indulge in comfort and luxury without making a severe dent on your pocket.

Find a library or a coffee shop nearby in the New City

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Even if you are far from your existing friends, you can always enjoy your own company. Look for places that make you fall in love with your alone time. From reading your favorite books in a library to enjoying the date with coffee, you will surely find a solitary haven in your locality. And you never know! You may end up making friends at such places.

If you have the playing zone in your residential society, it’s a boon. Else, you can look for a gaming zone nearby where you can continue with your passion for different indoor and outdoor sports. Partaking in such activities will also `present an excellent opportunity to meet and greet new people.

Never say no to outings in the New City

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If your colleagues are asking you to join a road trip during the next weekend, just say yes to it. The more you stay open to opportunities of hangouts and group outings, the better are your chances of exploring the new city. The city seems more beautiful and exciting once you start accepting it with all its odds.

Connect with Local Vendors and Service Providers in the New City

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It is quite handy to have numbers of vegetable vendors or general merchants just in case you need a quick home delivery for everyday supplies. Also, try connecting with local service providers like electricians, plumbers or carpenter. Leaking pipes or electrical faults are some common problems home owners face on an everyday basis. You definitely don’t want to be stuck in a situation, wherein there is a major pluming problem in the bathroom, but don’t have the number of a local plumber to fix it.

Moving to a new city can be stressful and living abroad isn’t for everyone. The best way to survive in a new city is to get over the emotional shackle soon and welcome the change with enthusiasm. The more you explore, the more you add to your experiences in life.

What other hacks do you suggest? Do let us know in the comment section.

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60 thoughts on “Top 7 Hacks to Survive in a New City

  1. Nathalie Reply

    Register and partipate in local activities or join a group. I moved resently and I’m meeting new friends through scuba diving excursions, yoga and by participating in a photography group. Meeting new people and getting tips on some local good restaurants, beaches and things to do.

  2. Divya @ eat Teach Blog Reply

    I need this, but for rural town. Hahha. Fun fact: When I moved here, I was so used to using Waze or Google Maps. But, here in this teeny tiny town, people don’t really need a GPS. They know their way around and, if they don’t, they get directions from people and, often times, the directions sound like this: “Oh, you know, turn right at the McDonalds. And then left right after the cemetery.”

  3. Vicky Reply

    One of my favorite things to do when I move to a new place is check out the library, Actually, I will do that before I move since the library is so important to me. Great tips to get adjusted in a new place.

  4. Jacqui Odell Reply

    These are great tips! I use Google maps all the time. It took me a half a year to get around here with out google maps.

  5. Wren Reply

    When I moved to California it was Hacks such as these that helped me to soak up the culture. I came from a town in the sticks that you would blink and miss it. I lived out in the country and it took you 45 minutes to get to a department store. Living in California was a huge culture shock and meeting new people and having new experiences was a MUST.

  6. EG III Reply

    Great tips. Moving is always a daunting experience, so it’s good to be as well prepared as possible. Your point about the water is so very true. Not all water is good, and drinking contaminated water will do much more harm than good.

  7. Indrani Reply

    I haven’t moved to a new city for a long time now… it is almost 20 years here.
    But then these are practical tips worth implementing. Well documented.

  8. Fatima Torres Reply

    Where were these tips years ago when we moved to South Florida?! I wish someone had offered these ideas back then. I hope they help someone cope with the many changes. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Elizabeth O. Reply

    It’s never easy but you’re definitely going to get used to the new place in no time if you follow these steps! I have always used google maps when traveling, it’s so convenient plus it gives you the easiest routes!

  10. Heidi Reply

    Great ideas! Thanks. I use Google maps all the time when I’m in a new city. It’s so helpful. And getting to know your neighbors is a must!

  11. Cait Weingartner Reply

    These are all such great ideas. I’ve made two life changing moves over the past five years (NJ to Chicago and Chicago to San Francisco), and while moving can be stressful, it can also be an incredibly rewarding adventure!

  12. Carol Cassara Reply

    I love this! It’s good to look for familiar places when you’re in a new city. A grocery or market nearby, a bookstore, anywhere you can go to after exploring new places just to find a little comfort as you get used to your new home.

  13. DogVills Reply

    Everything makes sense, directions, neighbors and the usual locations to get resources and essentials are the things that can help you be a part of everyone. I’ll also look for a friendly park area for my pup as well!

  14. My teen guide Reply

    These are great tips! You can’t survive in a new city without knowing these.

  15. cirq Reply

    Nice set of tips for surviving in new city. Also I would suggest to keep in touch or inform your nation’s embassy if you go to a different country.

  16. Bhushavali Reply

    I’ve moved to 3 different towns/cities in the last decade and managed to fall in love with every place I moved to! You’ve listed out great tips here that mostly I’ve put into use everytime, as well. Apart from renting furnitures, checking out used furniture in garage sales or boot sales also works out wonders many a time!

  17. James Reply

    Awesome tips! Could have used these last month when I moved cross-country to NYC. Was very stressful for me, did everything in my power to make the move as smooth as possible; even hired a furnishing service over at to take care of that avenue of the moving process. It’s all about making the smoothest transition possible!

  18. Ami Reply

    I would also advise walking around or driving around yourself. It makes the roads and localities so much more familiar. I know that is how I managed to settle in faster. Lovely set of tips. Cheers

  19. The Adventure Ahead Reply

    Some great advice and tips here. I am sure those who find themselves in a new area for the first time will be ableto make great use of them. Super helpful to have you compile them all in one place 🙂

  20. Suze Reply

    Finding a library or coffee shop is such a good idea to help settle in. I also think that signing up for classes of some sort helps you get to know people

  21. Amelie Reply

    Ha, renting furniture is a thing! Would have never thought of that, but makes perfect sense! Will look into that whenever I decide to settle down somewhere! 😀

  22. Sabine Reply

    We just moved to a “new city” Cape Town. Our biggest struggle was to find decent accommodation, so most of our time we spend doing that (the first weeks at least). What I would also recommend is joining expat meetings or sign up for activities in order to meet new people. But in the end, getting to know everything at once might get overwhelming too 🙂

  23. Paulina Reply

    Wow these are some very useful tips. I ve changed cities 8 times, so after some time it becomes routine… But the most important thing is to remain open, don t you think?

  24. Danijela WorldGlimpses Reply

    Nice tips. It’s always good to do what the locals do, or eat where the locals eat. Either when traveling or actually moving to some new place. Agree that these are essentials if one doesn’t want to end up feeling lonely, since there’s no reason for that. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Only By Land Reply

    It is confusing when you first arrive in the city. I was on google maps the whole time directing me to my next location. I also downloaded the app for the metro so I knew where to change and get off and on!

  26. Chiara Reply

    This was super helpful. When being in a new place, I always feel lost! 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  27. Harsh Gupta Reply

    Google maps have saved me in the worst conditions and put in some tricky situations – still can never do without them in a new city. Getting lost nonetheless would be the best thing to do!

  28. you.theworld.wandering Reply

    Such a great list full of ideas to motivate explore a new city. Moving across the world to a new city can be daunting and this is the perfect post to inspire and give confidence to do so. I move to the capital city of the Maldives back in 2015 – a 100% Muslim country. Moving to a new city presents lots of challenges ut I agree, it’s about learning your true self too!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

  29. Fly With Shaunak Reply

    Good list of tips mentioned here. Having moved about 4 times in last 11 years for job reason, post my MBA, I also suggest making yourself familiar with all the nearby roads and areas. It really helps me have a map in my head, only then I feel comfortable. Besides that, may be join a gym… Great tips Congratulations again Sandy.

  30. Alli Smith Reply

    Moving to a new city can be scary, especially when you don’t know your way around, etc. These are all great tips, especially the one about making the first move to get to know your neighbors. I always waited for them to welcome me. Thanks for the tips!

  31. Natasha Reply

    I always found the library, bank, and studied the transit system (if they had one) of any new city that I visited. The only other city that I’ve lived in outside of the one I was born, raised and live in now, was for college. I had to know how to get around, and that was important, because even though it was small, it was twisty enough to get lost in.

  32. Mimi Green Reply

    These are great tips. I might ask friends if they know someone that lives in my new city. If so I reach out to them for coffee and maybe have them show me the ropes a little bit if they don’t mind.

  33. Danik Reply

    Some great tips if I ever moved to NYC. Not sure if I would move there, I like the quiet life. Give me a mountain any day 😀

  34. Katie Kinsley Reply

    It took me about three months before I could stop using my GPS in order to get to work. I still have a fear of driving in my city!

  35. Claudia Krusch Reply

    These are great tips for moving to a new city. I have a friend that is about to make the big move to a city a few hours away from home. I will have to share this with her.

  36. Pam Wattenbarger Reply

    These are great tips for adjusting to a new city. Finding a coffee shop or cafe that you can make “your spot” is a good idea.

  37. David Elliott Reply

    All of hese sound like great ideas. Although I just cannot see myself renting furniture in a city unless I didn’t think I was going to stay there very long. I guess it depends on what my lifestyle was.

  38. Ayushi Reply

    The tips are amazing, we have often traveled to new cities because of my father’s transferable job but hadn’t found a success method to indulge into the place but I think this one is great. For next time, I am going to try this!

  39. rika Reply

    Great tips! I won’t go outside the house without my phone. I use phone GPS app everyday.

  40. Jilly Spelllman Reply

    These are awesome tips. I remember when I first moved to Chicago I was terrified and now I love it here and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

  41. Dawn McAlexander Reply

    I think the best advice here was to go to outings in a new city. That’s how I learned my way around the city that I currently live in. After attending a few festivals in different parts of the town, I began to learn my way around it.

  42. Rebecca Swenor Reply

    These are great hacks or tips for moving to a new city. Apps that can find places are great for your phones etc. can come in handy in a new city. Making acquaintances in your new area can very much indeed come in handy too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  43. Sarah Bailey Reply

    These are some great tips, I have to admit our last move took us from a city to a village so we didn’t have too much trouble when it came to knowing the way around at least.

  44. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations Reply

    These are wonderful hacks to living in a new city. It can be daunting when you move and know no one! A new city can seem a little scary but with these great tips, that transition will be a lot easier. Thank you so much.

  45. Terri Beavers Reply

    These are really great hacks and will keep them in mind when I move. I couldn’t get anywhere without Google Maps cause I get lost everywhere without it.

  46. Shirley Martinez Reply

    Great tips! Google Maps is definitely my go-to. Even in a city that I have known for years.

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