This is part two of How To Settle Into A City — the first part is here and focuses more on the social aspects of moving to a new city.
While it’s all very well and good to have a raging social life (or to get preoccupied trying to create one), this will mean very little if your home life is hell.
Here are some things to consider…
Choose good roommates
One thing that will make the transition into your new life easier is picking decent people to live with. Living alone or with your lover can be blissful, but sharing a space with anyone who is dirty, noisy, dishonest or just plain inconsiderate has the possibility to pretty much ruin your domestic life. This is to be avoided at all costs! Some people like to live with friendly outgoing types, while others prefer people who are pretty much invisible. A lot of people like to kind of move into a social group. When you go to look at a place, you will pretty quickly pick up the “vibe” of the house — some houses exist to party while others are more professional. Decide what you’re going to be happier with and think about how you operate: if you’re in town to study, a party house might not actually be what you want.
Unpack as soon as possible
Living amongst boxes is depressing! Start ripping those suckers open.
Surround yourself with familiar things
When you’ve moved into your place, do your best to make yourself comfortable. Everyone has a different idea of what will fill this criteria for them — . If I am without my computer I would probably go mad. You, on the other hand, might feel completely at home as soon as you hang your Amelie poster or put your perfume bottle collection in the bathroom — so, whatever it is that’s going to make you feel good, do it.
Stock your kitchen
Having good food around to eat whenever you please is going to make you feel so much better! It’s also much cheaper to snack at home than going out to buy stuff all the time… and it’s fairly widely acknowledged that moving to a new city is an expensive endeavour, so you’ll need all the coin you can get. Obviously it’s good to explore your neighbourhood and check out all the local cafes, but sometimes you won’t want to pay £5 for a sandwich!
Decorate your new abode as much as possible
Having somewhere to sit and sleep is important, it will help keep you sane. This doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise — you can kit out an entire house for a pittance at Ikea or by careful shopping at markets and secondhand stores. You’ll also get some really distinctive pieces this way. Remember, nothing needs to be perfect — you can always repaint!
A lot of the time, when you move to a new city, you will be expected to engage in time-wasting administrative tasks. If you’re moving into an apartment with other people, some of these tedious things may already be organised. (You should celebrate if so.) If not, you may find that your new life is exhilarating but also tiring and stressful. If you can work some exercise into your week, you will feel much better for it. Sign up for a yoga class close to home — yoga is great for relaxation and you might make some flexible friends.
Get plenty of sleep
Allow yourself to sleep as much as you need to. I’m yawning just thinking about it!
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