It’s the Fall, which means some college students are ready to graduate, and others are about to begin their final semester at school. As a result, plans need to be made about what to do post-school, and one of the most important is where to settle down.
As you get closer to graduation, planning the next stage of your life is both exciting and nerve-wracking. A lot goes into moving, from packing your things to finding a place in the new city to live, where to work, and how you’ll get around.
Another consideration is that recent college graduates tend to live near home, their dream schools, and colleges or choose a city like Los Angeles, New York, or Seattle.
There is a multitude of reasons people choose these cities. Still, the most significant criteria include that these cities offer plenty of job and career opportunities and a vibrant nightlife and communities valued by young people.
People prefer larger cities because more people can find careers in fields such as healthcare, education, research, and finance.
So, if you’re looking to relocate or know someone who is, there are a few essential tips in choosing where to move and how to do it most effectively, especially on a budget.
Relocation Tips For College Graduates
After college, starting your next chapter in life can be a bit daunting. Where to work, live, and play are crucial but shouldn’t be crippling. First, you need to create a strategy, do some research, and then iterate and adapt as you go along.
Remember that your decisions are first decisions; they’re not locked in stone; you can adjust and adapt as you become more settled in your career and life.
Choose Your Destination
Ok, who remembers the Choose Your Adventure books? If you don’t, those books are aimed at Young Adults and Tweens that would present a challenge and provide a few different scenarios for the reader to pick from.
Each decision led to another challenge and outcome, so it was an interactive way to find an ending for each story.
Choosing your destination after college is much like those books. You get to decide where to go, and the outcomes are based on your decisions. Choosing what city or town you want to live in will provide you with a set number of opportunities in life and work, but most important in your decision-making is to understand what you want in quality of life.
Don’t move simply because a location has the job you want or the nightlife you’re looking for; if the region doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it.
For example, you may crave a big city lifestyle but hate the cold. Well, that’s going to eliminate the Northeastern US or Pacific Northwest. So instead, Southern California may be a good option for you.
Choose Your Neighborhood
Once you decide where you want to live, the next step is to dive deep into the area and figure out the specific neighborhood that is your ideal choice.
You may want to live by the beach to the mountains. Finding a neighborhood that provides what you need, like a job and social life, coupled with where you’d like to live, is what to decide upon.
For example, let’s say you’ve chosen to move to Los Angeles. Choosing the right neighborhood can be a challenge. What you need to know about Los Angeles is that it’s a vast, diverse city.
So if you’re looking at living near UCLA or USC or in surrounding areas, you want to pick a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle, your budget has ample shopping, and health care providers in the area.
When researching various neighborhoods around LA, you can Google Search neighborhoods near UCLA.
After a few results populate, especially with Google Maps showing you surrounding communities, use Yelp and more profound search terms to find more details about the community. Use search terms like;
- Neighborhoods Near UCLA
- Nightlife in Los Angeles
- Best Monrovia dentist
- Health care in Pasadena
- What’s the public transportation in Downey
- Places to eat in Whittier
The more detailed your area search, the better you will be equipped for apartment hunting.
Picking And Applying For Your Apartment
Once you determine the city and neighborhood, you want to relocate to, finding a place to live is the next step.
You could do a traditional apartment search going up and down various streets or reach out to a real estate property management company.
Or you can conduct a search on Craigslist or a rental app like Hotpads.
Another strategy is to reach out on social media to people you may know in the city and ask for recommendations on where to apply.
The key is to find a place to live in the community you want at a price you can afford.
Don’t worry if it’s not the perfect place the first time out. At this point, you want to find a comfortable, safe place to sleep and live, knowing that as you find a job, you can eventually move into something more appealing.
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