Olivia from Class 4:
Olivia moved from Albany to New York two weeks before her 19th birthday. This is her advice on moving to the City:
- Check out the neighborhood you’re moving to during the day and at night to make sure you feel comfortable there.
- Look into renters insurance. It’s really cheap and protects all your expensive things.
- Some streets require permits to park a moving truck while you’re moving in, they will ticket you in a heartbeat!
- Make sure to budget so you know what you can spend on rent every month. You don’t want to get stuck paying more than you can afford.
“I was part of class 4, and graduated in April 2010. I did research on apartments to get an idea of what was out there and what kind of prices to expect, but didn’t start seriously looking until a month before the move. Then I took day trips to the city and looked at as many places as I could in one day. I finally realized how quickly apartments get rented in the city and picked up one I loved in the Upper East Side.”
Meg from Class 11:
Meg moved to New York from Ohio when she was 22. Here’s her advice for relocating to the big apple:
- Get to know the area and get excited by following a few local blogs and/or buy a new travel book. “Moving to New York City is exciting. I remember prior to moving to the city, I started following a few bloggers who lived in Williamsburg. I was so excited when I moved here, to finally explore a place I felt like I knew a little about.”
- Having some regular spots/make New York smaller: “The quicker you get into a routine the easier the adjustment will be. Whether that means becoming a regular at a local coffee shop or joining a gym etc…”
- Share with your new friends. “You’ll find to that cosmetology school is a great way to make new friends. Since your class will (most likely) be a mix of locals, new-to-towners, and people who’ve been in the city for a while, they will become a great source of “information” for you. I was constantly picking everyone’s brains for places to eat, shop, and things to do!