Planning on moving to a big city? Here are 20 rules for city living you need to know:
Ditch your car.
In a big city, a car isn’t going to get you very far. Traffic is a nightmare, and parking is only worse.
Buy some good walking shoes.
You’re going to be doing a lot more walking than you’re probably used to, so buy a comfortable pair of shoes. If you have to dress up for work, you can always change when you get there.
And/or a bicycle.
A bicycle is faster than walking…and still faster than driving your car in the city.
Learn the bus and subway systems.
Commuting will be much easier once you get to know the public transportation system like the back of your hand.
Get a metro card.
You’ll be sorely sorry if you don’t.
Get to know your neighborhood.
Check out local bars and coffee shops around your home. There’s so much to explore in the city—it’ll be nice to have some familiar places to hang out in.
Shop at farmer’s markets.
Most cities have them. It’s cheaper to buy produce here than at the grocery store, the food is fresher, and you’ll be supporting your local economy.
You never know when hunger will strike or you’ll have to grab a cab at the last minute. Always carry cash just in case.
Don’t hesitate on an apartment.
They go quickly. When you find one that looks perfect, don’t wait a few days to make a decision, or it’s sure to get rented to some other lucky city-dweller.
The cost of living is generally higher in cities. Sit down and set up a budget for yourself, and stick to it so you can avoid any surprises.
Get a roommate.
Or several. Like we mentioned, the cost of living in the city is high, so that means rent will most likely be more than what you’re paying now. Get a roommate, or a few, and split the cost of bills.
Know whether to rent or buy.
If you’re planning on moving in the next couple years, or even if you’re not 100% sure, consider renting as opposed to buying.
There’s a good chance your city apartment is going to be much smaller than your suburban one. Downsize some of your belongings so you’re not cramped. Consider using a service like UrBin Storage to store some of your belongings temporarily.
Prep for your day.
Running back and forth between home and work isn’t going to work out. Make sure you leave the house with everything you’re going to need for the day.
Pack your lunch.
Trying to save some cash? Pack your lunch, and bring your own coffee in a thermos.
Take advantage of parks.
All that city noise and bustle can start to wear you down pretty quickly. Take some time to unplug and enjoy a city park. It’s also free entertainment!
Check out garage sales.
In a big city, there are always plenty of these. Garage sales are a great place to snag cheap stuff!
Tip your barista.
Wages are low, city costs are high. Tip your barista. And your waitress. You’ll be doing yourself a favor as much as her, when you start to notice the quality of your latte improving.
Clean up after your dog.
It’s common courtesy.
Don’t hold up foot traffic.
Keep up the pace, and dodge right when you’re heading into someone.
Good luck on your city adventure!