I’ve been living in NYC for about 4 years now. I moved here with my husband after we graduated from college. I’ve definitely learned a lot from being here in the city. For those who would love to up and move to NYC, the big apple, the city of dreams, well it ain’t easy, but I will give you a few pointers on how to SURVIVE.
- MONEY MONEY MONEY!
It is very important to make sure that you have a good cushion of funds saved up before moving to NYC. Since this is a whole new environment, the unexpected might happen or something may cost more than you thought. So just to be safe, it’ll probably be best to save up a couple of thousand dollars to make things easier for you. If you can’t save that up, then you should try and save what you can, then plan out your spending as much as possible.
My go-to stores that have really good deals are: 99 cent stores, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls. Find one of these stores near you and you will be amazed at what great deals you’ll find!
Put money aside for transportation. If you don’t drive, you will have to take the train, bus, or Metro North to get around. Or if you’re a big baller, you can just Uber it around town. And you’re last resort is to use the legs that you were blessed with and walk to your destination (depending on how far you’re willing to walk LOL).
Secure a steady flow of income by finding a job. LinkedIn is recommended to make your job search much easier. If having trouble, don’t be afraid to look into temp agencies. Asking around won’t hurt either.
With multiple copies of your well written resume, go into local facilities and kindly introduce yourself and ask if they are hiring. Just remember to look presentable when dropping by (you’ll want to set a good impression and you never know, they might ask you for an interview right then and there!) I dropped off my resume at a few places when I was looking for a permanent job (I was working with a temp agency at the time) and I got called back a few days later from one facility to set up an interview. And guess what?! That ended up being my first permanent job position! You may get a hundred No’s, but It only takes one supervisor to recognize your potential and welcome you to be a part of their team. So don’t give up.
3. FINDING A PLACE TO STAY
Living in New York City can be very expensive, so depending on your budget and what you are will to spend, 3 options are to rent a room, find an apartment and if you want to cut cost, find a roommate. Almost forgot that buying a house is an option too if you have the dinero. When my husband and I were searching for an apartment, we found a few good on Zillow and Trulia.
4. WHAT’S YOUR NET-“WORK”?
It’s crucial to network with the people around you. Now I’m not recommending you walk up to a stranger out of the blue and start sharing your aspirations. Talk to people that you feel comfortable having a conversation with. Maybe someone that you see regularly at the gym or at the local coffee shop. Spark up a conversation and let them know briefly that you just moved here and that you are still trying to get settled. Many times, the person you’re talking to may offer to help you. If not, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations anyway.
Explore NYC! It has so much variety of things to offer. Go for a run, talk a nice walk through the city, join a cooking class, make new friends, go to outdoor concerts/festivals, and enjoy the nightlife! There are a lot of activities that are free to participate in. Remember to have fun and enjoy every moment!
Let me know if you have any questions! If anyone has anymore tips on how to survive moving to NYC, feel free to comment below!