How to Move to New York

A short guiding tour of leaving your past behind (kind of) and booking it to Brooklyn. Well, not exactly. This article deals with moving to Manhattan.


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    Read up and research topics of interest to you about the city. There are lots of resources that will help you learn about New York's cultural background, geography, and resources, as well as information about its infrastructure and what it has to offer.
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    Visit the city. If you haven't been here you can't move here. Have some friends and have them show you around, real-life style. You can find 2-3 day layovers either on Couchsurfing or Airbnb, these are much cheaper than Hotels and give you a local to talk to right away.
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    Save up a lot of money. Stake out a couch or two to crash on while you look for an apartment. Take a bus, or a plane, or a car - whatever you need to get here. Bring a friend if you want but it's better if you don't.
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    Pick a Neighborhood. You can do a lot of research about different areas of the city before you go there. This will narrow down your craigslist search a lot.
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    Scour Craigslist. Don't ignore the sublets. In the meantime, get a job. Take anything. But make it awesome. You will meet people. You have to get an apartment though. Don't stare at ads, fantasizing about your ideal apartment. Just get out there, call people, and put the pedal to the metal. If you're apprehensive about moving to the city before you have a place to live long-term, you can ship your things to a mail-in storage facility like MakeSpace Air and then order them back once you've found a more permanent home.
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    You have a job and an apartment. If you're not currently at a point in your life to believe this is your future, maybe reconsider moving here, but this is a city in which you pick up a lot of skills you never thought you had, so it will be good to you. Anything can happen, and often does. Just keep your attitude cool and open.
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    Dig it. You'll lose your old friends who say they want to come visit you but never do. You'll make new ones to replace them, but keep in touch with those that mean a lot to you. Some of them will move here too. And try to remember that life exists outside of New York. (That may actually be tough.)


  • This article is about moving to Manhattan; there are 4 other distinct boroughs of New York City: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. The style of living is distinct in each of the 5 boroughs.
  • Patience and perseverance are key to finding a great apartment in New York.
  • Research which neighborhood (borough) best fits your lifestyle and personality. They are all quite distinct.
  • If you ever need a car to move your stuff or make a Costco run, ZipCar is worth checking out.


  • Watch out for rental scams that involve money transfers or receiving the keys by mail. Never give out information like your social security number before visiting the apartment in person and verifying that the person you're dealing with is legitimate.

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