A Simple Guide For Moving To A New City
First-time moving to a new city? Whether it’s abroad or just across the country, it’s always best to be well-prepared. That doesn’t mean you need to be overly anxious though, as we provide you with the simple steps you need to take before you say goodbye to your hometown. This is your simple guide for moving to a new city!
1. Involve family and friends
Life’s too short for you to carry the burden alone, especially when moving to a new city. We urge you to get family and friends to help you with the little things.
Sometimes, preparing something as huge as moving by yourself means missing out on the little details that can prove to be fatal. List the things you can do on your own (and make sure you get to them ASAP) and list other things that require help from others. They can be as small as reminding you of essentials you might miss or even bigger things like scheduling flights or contacting moving companies.
When it comes to younger students moving to another city, parents or other family members usually ask or even insist on coming along to help you settle for the first few days. When possible, take up on their offer and ask them to accompany you for grocery shopping or setting up your new space because you really can’t do this alone.
2. Keep your close contacts at hand
Think about this: when in a pinch, who’re you gonna call?
First and foremost, it is important to have someone you can keep in touch with just in case you’re in an emergency or if you need further assistance when settling in. They need to be people you can trust and are familiar with the region.
While some are lucky enough to have friends or family in the area, some others, especially ones moving from abroad, may have to rely on connections they have at hand. Ask your company or educational institution if they have people you can contact for emergency situations.
3. Get firsthand experience from fellow settlers
To get a better picture of the city you’re moving into, why not listen to stories of people who’ve been in your shoes?
Whether you’re taking sources from a Facebook group for expatriates or blogs by newcomers who are now settled well in the city, take note of important details like living costs, public facilities, and safety. Keep an eye out for warnings or things you might need to adapt with, like traffic jams or lack of public transportations.
Also, regardless of which part of the world or country you’re moving to, be very aware of the local customs and culture. After all, you’re also acting as an ambassador to your hometown as well as a guest in someone else’s.
4. Find a suitable accommodation
Now we’re getting to the basics. Already have a place to stay in mind? Sometimes, companies or institutions are generous enough to provide accommodations for foreign workers or students (although usually at a price).
But if you’re on your own, we suggest that you decide on a rent space based on length of stay and distance from your office or school. It can either be an apartment (for those with an ample budget and looking for comfort and privacy) or even communal dormitories with shared spaces/kosan (for fresh grads with a smaller budget).
In bigger cities like Jakarta, some companies also offer co-living spaces where you can bunk with roommates in higher quality accommodation like luxury apartments. Even better, such companies usually encourage social networking between their tenants, meaning that you’ll get to expand your social networking as well as find comrades to share your struggles with and survive the city together.
5. Get to know the place
Whether it’s for work or studies, you’re there for a purpose. Get intimate with the company or institution where you’ll likely be spending most of your time. Know what facilities they have or what perks you’ll be getting in your new office or lab. In this case, it’s always a good call to have seniors and coworkers you can trust on the matter.
Another thing you need to research is the area where your building is located. Find the nearest transportation stops (in case you need to find other alternatives besides your usual mode of transportation and ride-hailing apps) and retail stores (for when you need a quick stationary run and when you simply want to look for snacks during lunch break).
While you’re at it, see if you can find other places for dining outside of your company or campus cafeteria. You never know when you’ll get bored of canteen food or need to get away from lunchtime crowds or nosy coworkers.
On a plus note, collecting leaflets and numbers of restaurants offering delivery service is always a good idea. Ride-sharing apps nowadays also feature food delivery services, but some restaurants simply have quicker deliveries or include vouchers and promos when you place an order on their website.
6. Make plans to explore the city
Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun. Since this might be a once in a lifetime experience, why not make the most of it?
Browse the internet for sights you can see and things you can try around the city. If you’re interested in the local culture, try searching for heritage sites and traditional markets around your area —or join clubs where you can learn to make local cuisines or traditional instruments. If you’re into nightlife, see if there are any bars or nightclubs where you can hang around at on weekends or during after-hours —you might even get yourself a date!
In the end, just look forward to your new chapter in life with excitement. With a new environment comes new experiences, new friends, and new ways to grow and expand your views. Things can get rough and lonely at first, but as long as you stay alert and keep connected with people who matter, your new surroundings will feel much more familiar and welcoming. Enjoy your simple guide for moving to a new city!