9 Apps that Make the Move to a New City a Little Easier
Moving to a new city is overwhelming, especially if you didn’t get a chance to visit prior to moving. Here are 9 mobile apps that may help your transition into a new city just a little bit easier.
Perfect for finding the nearest movie theaters, bars, pharmacies, grocery stores, ATMs, restaurants, hospitals and gas stations, AroundMe is a great choice for new residents who are looking to establish some new, close by, go-to’s.
Making new friends in a new city can be extremely difficult. Meetup is an app that connects you with like-minded groups of people with similar interests to grab some coffee or take an outdoor adventure.
Uber / Lyft
If you are unfamiliar with these competing apps, Uber and Lyft allow you to “call” for a ride with just the touch of a button. Similar to taxis, Uber and Lyft make getting from A to B quicker and easier than public transportation. The best part? You pay through the app and there is no expectation to tip. No need to carry cash!
WalkScore gives a score for how easily you can walk or bike around the city for your daily activities. When you’re new to town, this can be an incredible resource to help you plan out daily transportation needs and possible spots for shopping and dining.
Like a Local
You no longer have to be a local to get access to all the local secrets. Use this app to learn about local favorites like cafes, restaurants and bars. Your neighbors provide all the content, so you’re sure to get unbiased opinions from those who have actually been to each location.
If you have a car, GasBuddy is going to become your new best friend. This app locates nearby gas stations and compares their pricing to locate the cheapest gas in your area. It also has full area maps and charts with gas pricing to help you determine how much you will be spending on gas as you commute each day.
Similar to craigslist, the Offer Up app shows you a feed of items being sold nearby. This app is perfect if you’re looking to buy some small furniture items or decor to make your new apartment feel more like home without breaking the bank. Also, if you need to sell a few things to accommodate smaller square footage, you can sell your items through Offer Up too!
Craigslist is always a good resource to have on hand. You can find apartments, parking spaces, couches and whatever your heart desires, usually at reduced prices. Make sure you keep an eye on the “Free” category; you may find something fun!
In a new city, it can be hard to find trusted and reputable handymen to do things like decorating, assembling furniture and painting and more. TaskRabbit connects you with local service providers. The app includes reputable reviews for each person/company meaning you can be sure that you’re hiring someone trustworthy and skilled.