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18 Things Everyone Should Know Before Moving To A Big City

It's a whole new world.

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1. Really consider selling your car.

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If you're not driving to work, chances are you'll be driving it only once or twice a week maximum. Public transport, while it has many faults, is just too damn convenient.

3. Definitely get an Opal card, Oyster card, or whatever it is that your city uses, rather than relying on paper tickets.

You can set it up with your bank account to transfer money automatically which is so much easier than worrying last minute about buying a ticket.


7. Don't sign the lease with complete strangers if you don't have to.

If you've moved in with randoms and they already have the lease, don't sign on straight away. Sublet from them and if things work out, fantastic. If they don't, you can give them notice and move out without too much hassle and worry about breaking a lease.


12. Definitely be on the safe side, and book a table whenever you're going out for dinner.


There's nothing less fun than showing up and waiting for over an hour, or not even getting a table at all.


13. What you consider "far away" vs. what city people think is "far away" are two very different conceptions.

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Your hometown may be six hours away - some city people may complain about having to travel 45 minutes to another suburb. But tbh, eventually you'll be that person too.

14. Visiting friends may mean you have to catch a train, a bus, and another train just to get to their suburb.

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Either you just don't wanna get stuck in traffic, or you're without a car and it's the only way.

15. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you find yourself lost.


Sure, city people bump into you without saying sorry, but most people at traffic lights or in stores will be happy to point you in the right direction.

16. It can be hard to make friends.


If you already have friends in the city, that's fine and dandy, but it's easy to feel distanced when you move to a new city and everyone's already settled in their own cliques. Hopefully you can hit it off with your co-workers, but it's also a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, and join gym classes, a social sports team, or start volunteering.

17. There's probably no such thing as a "quick trip" to the grocery store.


If you've sold your car, the days of jumping in it and doing the groceries in under 30 minutes are long gone. Unless you're within walking distance of grocery store, consider buying bits and pieces after work or signing up for online delivery.

18. And eventually the big city won't feel all that big.


Once you meet people, and get to know your way around, what was once daunting isn't so anymore. Somedays you'll still get lost in the anonymity of it all, while other days you'll bump into three people you know at a random grocery store.