Tips for Settling Into a New City

Moving to a new city will always bring about a range of different emotions. Excitement and anxiety are two feelings you’ll most definitely relate to, and this is understandable as it is the start of a new chapter and you will want to hit the ground running. It can be far too easy to go into your shell and stay at home when you move to a new city, but instead, it is important to get out there and embrace the change. Here are a few tips for anyone who has just made a move and wants to get off to a smooth start.
Meet The Neighbors

Meeting new people is always difficult, but it is incredibly easy to meet your neighbors once you move in. Be sure to pop round and introduce yourself and mention that you are new to town - they should be able to give you plenty of advice for living in the area and knowing the neighbors can be helpful in terms of convenience and home security.


If there is ever a time where you are simply lounging around at home, consider going out for a walk instead. Not having a clear map in your own head of the local area can make it intimidating but by walking it allows you to connect areas so that you know the geography of the area. This can also be a great way to find your favorite shops, cafes, bars, etc.

Know Local Service Numbers

Problems with a house can occur at any moment, and it is important that you act quickly. When you move in, take the time to make a note of the phone number of any key local services that you may require. A few examples include plumbers, electricians, pest control, locksmiths, etc. You can find the best in the area by asking your neighbors or searching online. Doing your research can ensure you find the right services wherever you are, such as the best plumbers in Toronto, for example.

Establish Key Routes

It is vital that you know the best way to work, your child’s school, the hospital, and other important places before you need to make the journey. Look online for the best way and run a few test drives so that you know the route like the back of your hand and know how long it will take you to get from A to B.


One of the most intimidating aspects of moving to a new city is making a group of friends. Fortunately, this is easier than ever in today’s internet-driven world as you can easily find meet up opportunities online. In addition to this, try asking a neighbor or co-worker for a drink or join local clubs/attend community events. It can be intimidating, but once you have put yourself out there and explained your situation, it should not be too hard to make new friends.

Moving to a new city is scary, but the above should allow you to hit the ground running and quickly settle. It is important to be prepared but also to be brave early on, as it can only get harder with time to fully integrate.

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