15 Tips For Adjusting In a New City

Moving to a new city can be a difficult affair, considering how you’re basically starting over. You don’t know anyone, your new home is too small or too big, you have no clue how to get about the city. You also have the added nostalgia of the comfort of your home city, and you wonder if you made a big mistake by moving. But freaking out about everything isn’t the solution. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips that you can follow to make adjusting into your new city a whole lot smoother.

15. Do A New Thing Everyday


When you move to a new city, there are a lot of things the city will offer you that you haven’t done before. Make a list of all such opportunities before you move and for the first month, do one new thing every day. It could be trying out a nightclub which has karaoke nights, eating a unique flavour of ice cream you don’t get in your hometown, or  This will help you think of moving as an adventure and ease you into the bustlings of the new city.

14. Be Kind Around Everyone

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When you’re around new people, try to be as kind as possible. Offer to help them, or accept their help if they offer. At the same time, don’t be a pushover. Get people to like you and respect you. This will help a lot since they will have many tips for you on how to get about the new city with ease.

13. Pack All Your Necessities


When moving, make sure you have packed all the necessities with you. You can always go shopping for the rest of the stuff to prevent the hassle of moving too much stuff. Necessities, however, cannot be overlooked. And even if you’ve forgotten something, make sure you know where the nearest grocery stores or other stores are, which have the things you need for your day-to-day routine.

12. Keep An Emergency Fund

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Moving to a new city can spring up many surprises, so be ready for anything. You may realise almost all of a sudden that you’re completely out of the cash that you deemed sufficient for the move. Keep an emergency fund with you that you may require at any time. Your car may break down suddenly, or a piece of your furniture may have broken during the move. Even if you don’t use the fund, it will serve as savings.

11. Join A Class

A fitness dance group class at the gym

Joining a class near your place will give you the best opportunity to both learn something new as well as meet new people. It will bring you together with people of a similar mindset, with whom you have a lot in common with. Joining the class will help you feel more settled, and the new city will start feeling like home.

10. Keep In Touch With Your Old Buddies


When you move to a new city, you meet a lot of new people. But at the same time, do not forget your old buddies. Message them or video-chat with them every so often, to maintain your bond with them. They will definitely love you more for keeping in touch despite being in a whole new environment.

9. Decorate Your New Home With Old Stuff


Your new home will feel more like home when you add old stuff to it. Put up a collage of photos of your old friends and family, keep your favourite mug on the counter, add a room freshener which smells like home. It will help you feel more comfortable, since despite being in a new environment, you’ll still feel like you’re home.

8. Stay With A Friend For The First Few Months

College students holding cardboard box and back pack moving in to the university campus

For the first few months, try to locate a friend who lives in the same city and live with them. Or if you don’t have any friends, contact people of that city via social media and get to know them and see if it is okay if you can live with them until you’re ready to stand on your own two feet. Every new city requires a few hacks to adjust yourself in it, and your friend can help you navigate through the difficulties of living in the new town.

7. Try To Discover New Hobbies

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Don’t just stick to your old hobbies, try to discover new ones in the new city. This city may offer something that your old city didn’t. You may have never painted, but if there’s a painting workshop near your place, go try it out. It will be a great ice-breaker since you’ll meet people who are just as bad at something as you are, and you can bond over it. And if you turn out to be good at it, you’ll have a new favourite hobby in the new city.

6. Take The Initiative


Even if your neighbours or coworkers or colleagues don’t come to greet you, go talk to them and ask them for tips for living in the new city. Don’t wait for others to come to you, take the initiative and talk to them. Ask them about their favourite places to eat, favourite places to hang out, what they think the most beautiful spots in the city are. They might even offer to accompany you to these places and you might just find a new best friend.

5. Take Time To Adjust


You might find yourself becoming overwhelmed with the new-ness of everything, so take the time to breathe. Moving to a new city is challenging, and no one can ever accommodate themselves very easily in a new city. Take a few months to adjust to your new life, and don’t be afraid to take a time-out every now and then.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Meet New People


You might not be the most outgoing person, but it is necessary to set some of that shyness aside while you move to a new city. Meeting new people is one of the unavoidable and exciting things about moving to a new city, and you will need them to help you adjust in the city. Talk to a few people every day, and find people with similar interests. It will help you in feeling more comfortable.

3. Don’t Lose Yourself


One of the worst things that could happen with a new move is that you lose your own identity in the process. Don’t morph into someone else when you move to a new place. You can reinvent yourself with different hobbies, but don’t forget the person you were. Remind yourself every now and then about who you are, and it will help you remain confident and secure in the new city as well.

2. You’ll Be Nostalgic, And That’s Okay


Sometimes, you will feel like being back at home. It’s unavoidable. You’ll spend hours reminiscing about life back at home, your friends, your family, your favourite restaurant, and you’ll go through all the old photos on your phone. It’s okay to feel nostalgic every once in a while, and you can overcome the nostalgia by talking to someone from your old hometown. It will definitely perk up your mood and help you combat the depression.

1. Get Involved Everywhere


Don’t stick to one place and expect things to happen. Moving to a new city offers many opportunities, take advantage of every single one of them. There’s a beach near your place? Go walking there every morning. Ask your new friends to set you up with someone new if you’re single. Volunteer for a cause. Go on a trek. Go on a long drive. Go do things which will make you happy, and soon enough, the new city will become your new home.


Moving anywhere new can be difficult, but following these tips can definitely help you adjust better to your new life. Just remember that time can help you move past anything, and the new city will be your home before long. Until then, wing it as you go, and don’t be afraid to take advantage of every opportunity that your new life throws at you. It’s a blank canvas, paint it with the brightest colours possible.

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