7 Ways to Make a Solo Move to a New City Easier

Whether you are moving to a new city for a job, studying, or spreading your wings, the process can be pretty daunting and nerve-wracking if you are doing it alone. You may feel overwhelmed at the thought of packing your belongings and worry that loneliness will envelop you. Fortunately, there are ways to make your move to a new city less stressful.

Clever Packing

Packing up your belongings can be a huge task so let somebody do the hard work for you and hire and removal company that will pack and transport your possessions for you. If this proves too expensive for you, then do it yourself but be wise and only take essential things. Moving to a new house is a great time to have a clear-out and eliminate unwanted items.

Home Sweet Home

Ensure that you have arranged a place to live in your new destination. You may want to rent, share an apartment, or buy – whichever you choose, make sure everything is finalized and ready for you to move in as soon as you get there.  Suppose you have been offered a job in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, do some research and work out which districts would be best suited to your needs. Check out new luxury apartments in downtown Sunnyvale, California, which offer beautiful contemporary dwellings for rental, or ask your new employers if any of their employees could provide you with a room in their home until you find your feet.


If you are moving to a new city for employment or to study, chances are you will meet new people through that. However, if you would like to meet like-minded people and integrate into the community, consider joining a club or taking a class. If you enjoy cooking or reading, look for local classes or book groups.

Use an App

Social apps and websites are available for you to join and meet new people in your area. These groups will often have organized meetings at the local bar or restaurant, and you will find that you will meet people in a similar situation to you.

Have a Party

If you live in an apartment or a street of houses, organize a house-warming party and invite your neighbors. Perhaps hold a barbeque during the day or an informal afternoon of wine and nibbles. Just don’t ask the creepy guy across the road!

Adopt a Friend

A pet may give you some much-needed company. If you adopt a dog, take it for walks, and to obedience classes, you will find that you soon make lots of friends as people will stop to admire your puppy and chat with you.


Walk around your new home or take a bus.  Exploring the city will help you become more familiar with it, and your fear of the unknown will lessen. If you have a wander around, look around shops and stop at a bar or restaurant, people may strike up a conversation with you. You can ask people about the city and ask for recommendations of places to visit.