Tips for Moving to the Big City


Los Angeles, CaliforniaAfter years of toiling away in college, you’ve earned your degree and just landed a big time job in the big city. After all the hard work you’ve put in over the past four years, moving should be the easy part, right? Not exactly. From finding an apartment to fit your budget to packing up your stuff to hauling your life to a new city, moving can be both stressful and expensive.

To help makes things easier on you, we’ve shared a list of tips and things to know from the folks at Quicken Loans. Good luck!

  • It’s Time to Size Down: Unless you’re bringing home the big bucks, you’re likely going to have to settle for “small, oddly shaped apartments that seem outrageously overpriced but they aren’t.” With that being said, plan to store or sell most of your stuff you’ve accumulated back home. 
  • Public Transportation Is Your Friend: Most big cities aren’t car-friendly – storing or parking a vehicle can be expensive – and traffic can be a nightmare so take advantage of public transit such as a bus or cab. 
  • Yes, You Read That Price Tag Correctly: It won’t take long before you realize that everything – groceries, fast food, clothes, gas, etc. – is more expensive in the big city. Learn to stretch your money by tracking expenses, “at least until you get a feel for the economy.” 
  • Cash Is King: Try to keep some cash on you just in case you forget your bus pass, need to hail a cab, or want to hit up a hot dog stand on the way home from work. 
  • Your Day Starts Earlier: Depending on your mode of travel, plan on leaving a minimum of 30 minutes earlier than you would have before. Delays are inevitable so plan accordingly. 
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Find people you “mesh well with” and make friends. These folks will not only be a great support system but can also show you the ropes in your new city.

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3 comments
Audrey Greenwood
Audrey Greenwood

I always give people this tip when they are moving, whether to a big city or not - and that's to try and get there early so you can walk around and give yourself some orientation of your new neighbourhood!

EmilySmith3
EmilySmith3

This was really helpful information and just what I was looking for. I just bought a small apartment in the city and I am going to need to put some of my belongings in a storage unit. I hope I can find one near my apartment. I will have to start doing some research and find a unit that is close to me.