5 things to consider when starting work in a new city

So you’ve landed your dream job and the contract has been signed. The only problem is that it’s in a new and unfamiliar city.

Moving can be stressful at the best of times, but when you’re moving across the country or across continents, it’s hard to know what to expect.

But you never know – moving to a new city for work could be one of the best decisions you ever made in your life. From meeting new friends to experiencing a different culture, it could be the best work decision you ever made.

Here are five tips to ease your transition.

1. Get the lay of the land

Once you’ve moved house and nailed down the obvious (grocery store, doctor, bank, etc.), do a bit of exploring and find out where all the best cafes, vintage shopping or farmers markets are. It will make you feel immediately more at home. Take to Google, crowdsource info from your Facebook friends, or do it the old-fashioned way and take a walk.

2. Make some friends

If you don’t know a soul in your new city, loneliness (and Netflix addiction) can creep in quite easily – so don’t let that happen! Invite your new co-workers out for a drink, keep up the hobbies you did at home, or volunteer with a local community organisation. It may feel a bit awkward at first, but you’ll thank yourself later for making the effort early on.

3. Meet friends of friends

If you’re lucky enough to know a couple of people in town, take advantage of their connections. Even if you aren’t super close, accept any invitations to hang out – you might have loads in common with one of their friends!

4. Join a gym

Aside from boosting your mood and keeping you healthy, joining a gym will give you something to do in your downtime. You might even end up meeting your new yoga buddy.

5. Don’t stress!

Your new life won’t magically fall into place right away – and that’s perfectly normal. Keep your expectations low and know that starting from scratch takes time and effort. Enjoy relaxation time to yourself, because you won’t always have the luxury of free time. As with everything, stay positive and good things will happen.

Now what?