You asked and I answered! Here's a collection of some of the most common questions I get asked.
HOW DID YOU END UP IN NYC?
The PR firm I worked for opened an office in New York and my boss offered me a position in the city. I decided it could be a good career move so I bought a one-way ticket and took a chance!
DID YOU ALWAYS DREAM OF LIVING IN NYC?
Nope! NYC is a lot of people’s dream, but to be completely honest, my dream cities never really veered off the west coast. The city seemed to have a different plan for me though and here I am!
HOW DID YOU MAKE THE CROSS-COUNTRY MOVE?
I pretty much hopped on a plane with 5 suitcases and my dog and left everything behind. I had a whole apartment of furniture from Portland (which was my parent’s old furniture) so they were nice enough to let me store my stuff at their houses. Originally I had only planned on staying in New York for a year, maybe two so they were okay with the idea at first. I pretty much just took my clothes and some bedding (thank God for vacuum pack bags). I also shipped some more clothes in canvas bags through the Post Office (seemed to be the cheapest option). I went this route because most of my furniture was too big for a small NYC apartment, and UHauls were pretty pricey on top of what I already had to spend to move.
WILL I NEED A ROOMMATE?
Having roommates is super common here and just makes a lot more financial sense for most people. Rent is very expensive and getting approved for apartments can be really difficult because of all of the income requirements. Not only does having a roommate cut down on costs, but it can be a great way to meet new people.
IS FINDING AN APARTMENT AS HARD AS IT SOUNDS?
Yes. If you’re looking in Manhattan on a modest budget, then I’ll be totally honest with you, it’s a pain in the butt! The market moves super fast and there is a very low vacancy rate, so you really can’t secure a place until about a month or a few weeks out. If you have the option, definitely do you apartment hunt in person. There are just too many scams and sketchy brokers and you’ll find that most of the pictures posted online are not of the actual units.
The good thing is, as soon as you see a place you can apply and be approved within 24 hours. Most places are available immediately so they want people in fast so that they aren’t losing on rent. My best advice is do your research and come prepared with all of the necessary paperwork you’ll need to make the process go smoother. If you’d like more info on the rental process check out my NYC Moving Guide page :)
HOW DID YOU MAKE FRIENDS IN A NEW CITY?
I’d say it’s easier to make friends here than other cities. So many people move from all over the place to live here and don’t know anyone so I feel like they are more open to meeting. I seem to make pretty good friends with people at work so that’s opened a lot of doors and I also work in social media, so I’ve made a lot of friends at networking events. It was a little scary putting myself out there at first because I can be slightly shy, but as long as you can take the plunge and put yourself out there, there are so many cool meet-ups and events happening all over the city.