Leaving the wide-open spaces to make a name for yourself in the big city can be daunting. However, if you’ve decided to make a move, there’s truly no time like the present. The pandemic has caused rent prices to drop and vacancies to soar so that a luxury studio in, say, New York City or San Francisco is much more accessible than it used to be.
Of course, you’ll still want to plan and prepare for the big move. Here are a few ways you can make the transition easier.
Save Up Ahead of Time
Lower rent prices don’t necessarily mean that apartments or homes are cheap, however. Some can easily cost $3,000 or more per month, which might be a lot more than you’re used to rural rents. Therefore, it’s essential to save up some money before the big move.
Try to have at least six months’ worth of expenses in your bank account, especially if you won’t have a job immediately upon arriving. Doing so will also create a buffer in case you have to shell out more cash than you intended at the beginning.
You’ll also want to have a budget for unexpected expenses. Inevitably, when you move to a new space, you’ll need to run out for toilet paper, lightbulbs or a microwave on your first day. Don’t let yourself get shocked by first-day expenses.
Prepare for Tiny Living
Moving to a big city will also force you to downsize and embrace tiny living. While you may be paying more on your rent or mortgage, you’ll be working with less space overall. It may not make much sense, but you’ll have to prepare accordingly, even if that means donating or tossing many of your belongings.
If you do manage to snag a four-bedroom house, you may have little to no outdoor space. Will your dog be happy in a tiny yard? Is a garden a must-have for you? Asking yourself these hard questions will help you prepare both mentally and physically for small-scale living.
Get a Roomie
Making friends in the big city can be incredibly difficult, but it isn’t impossible. If you have a roommate, cultivating a vibrant social life is much easier. Enjoy a night on the town together or join a club and make new friends. Exploring new places together will also encourage you to do the same on your own, which can help you meet other people and become more comfortable going out alone.
Getting a roomie is also a brilliant way to split the cost of an apartment. If you have a friend back home with big dreams, invite them to join you on your grand adventure. Your shared experience of rural living will remind you that you aren’t the only country bumpkin trying to make it in the big city.
Find Your Safe Space
Finding a safe space when the rest of the city becomes overwhelming is another excellent way to make moving to a big town easier. Look for a big, shady tree in the park or a cozy spot at the local coffee shop and go there when you need to decompress.
This simple act of creating safe spaces and small havens will help you carve out your own place in the city, so you don’t feel so small. Take ownership of your new home and find a spot or two that can feel familiar and comforting while you’re adjusting to a new stage of life.
Make Moving to a Big City Easier
It’ll take time to adjust and feel rooted in your new community, so be patient. Commit to this new way of life and give it your best shot. And, if it doesn’t work out, find peace in the fact that you can always move again.
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