How to decide to move to a new city or not

It’s up to you to make the best out of whatever path you choose.

Editorial Team

By Editorial Team

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Throwing yourself into the unknown of moving to a new city can be one of the best ways to grow as a person. A move can make you more self-confident, independent, and open-minded. Diving into the deep end by relocating to an entirely new place can be filled with ups and downs. However, it’s also an exciting opportunity to reinvent yourself, build new contacts, and build a new life. So, how do you know whether it’s better to stay settled or start fresh?

Moving for the right reason

Before you pack your bags it’s important to make sure you are moving for the right reasons. Living in another place is definitely worth trying if you haven’t done so before. Maybe there is a city you’ve always dreamed about studying or working in or are simply getting itchy feet in your current setting. Perhaps you have a career goal that requires being close to the action in another city. Possibly you have a sick family member that you need to take care of. Or you could really do with a change of climate and would love to live somewhere with warmer year-round weather. You might even find yourself relocating for a new relationship. Other reasons for moving can be more logistical, from affordability to setting new goals.

However, it’s important to evaluate the positive aspects of life in the place you already live before deciding whether to move. Sometimes, it’s not the place that’s the problem. Feeling stuck in a job, going through a breakup, or finding yourself out of the loop with peer groups can make you feel unsettled. Consequently, a supportive network of family and friends can be essential.

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There are certain signs to look out for when trying to figure out if it’s time to get up and go. In this article, we take a look at the different circumstances in which you may find yourself wondering if moving to a new city is right for you.

Move for a new full-time job

Taking the next step on the career ladder sometimes requires relocation. Certain cities are known for their industry-specific hubs, like the tech companies in San Francisco, the entertainment business in L.A., or the federal government and financial services in Washington, D.C. When the reason you move to a new city is for work, it’s important to get settled right away so you can focus on your job. All in all, picking the right neighborhood and apartment can be crucial in making or breaking your lifestyle in a new city. It’s always worth it to start your apartment search online and try to browse remotely to save time and stress. 

Move to a new city as a freelancer

Working as a freelancer allows you to work remotely and create your own working environment. This offers up the temptation to travel while living and working in different cities across the globe.

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An international environment of this nature will open up many opportunities, both professionally and personally. Major cities now have services and amenities specifically designed to support the freelancer lifestyle. From coworking spaces to co-living accommodations where you can share housing with similar location-independent professionals and digital nomads. These days, it’s easier than ever to move around without being tied to an office location or a long-term lease.

Move to a new city as a student

Certain cities have stand-out educational institutions that make relocating the smart thing to do. So whether it’s the Ivy League schools in New England or the liberal arts colleges in NYC, exploring and living in a vibrant city can be an education in itself. These places offer world-class culture and hip entertainment options that are more than ideal when living in your twenties. Student life in a new city is a great trial run for finding your feet as a graduate. Being based in a major city can be beneficial for both your professional and personal life post-graduation as it offers many more employment or networking opportunities. 

Move to start a family

You may be at the stage in life when you want to settle down and find the right environment to raise a family. In these instances, certain factors become a priority. For example, good schools, amenable outdoor spaces, and a safer neighborhood to live in. Fortunately, in many major urban cities, there are sought-after residential areas to live in that are family-friendly. You can keep your career going and make the most of big-city living. This may mean relocating closer to home and moving to another area in the city you already live in. If you’re looking to bridge the gap between your current space and your future home or want to try out a new area temporarily, consider booking a Blueground apartment. They are all fully furnished, serviced and completely equipped. Available for a minimum of 30 days, these spaces are impeccably turnkey. Furthermore, they are located in the best areas of the world’s major business hubs. Rentals range in size so you can easily find a space to accommodate the whole family. Flexible lease terms allow guests to explore neighborhoods and experience different apartments, hassle-free. 

Move for a new experience

It’s not uncommon for people to take time out and change direction later in life. The change of scenery can be invaluable. Reasons for relocating can range from a sabbatical to a career change. Or a total reset with an extended period of travel. It’s important to have the flexibility and comfort of somewhere to live. Many cosmopolitan cities now offer extended stay hotel options. Having a solid home base makes it easier to immerse yourself in your new city. 

Editorial Team

Editorial Team

The Blueground editorial team covers the best things to see, do, and experience in our cities around the world.