Moving to a new area can be stressful, especially when you’re not familiar with the area but if there’s any advice we can give – the most important thing to do is your research.

1. Social Medias Your Best Starting Point

Start with creating a post on social media asking your friends if they know anyone in the area where you’re moving. This is your best resource when it comes to increasing your chances of finding a common connection.  You might be shocked to see that you might have friends in the area or one of your friends is familiar with the area.

2. Facebook Housing Groups

Facebook housing groups can also be a great resource when moving to a new area. There are many groups available to join that revolve around housing such as Canton Roommates and Rentals. These can be great resources to find and vet potential new roommates all over the country from the comfort of your own couch.

3. Everyone’s Best Friend: A Quick Google Search

Your other best friend when moving to a new area is Google. A quick Google search will lead you to tons of awesome resources about the area you are looking at. You should check out the crime stats of any potential neighborhood, and compare them to the rest of the surrounding area. Check out a local blog or website, this will help you to familiarize yourself with the area, whether you want to learn about hip local restaurants, or what events you should go to.

You can also learn a lot about local transportation and parking online. If you don’t have a car, be sure to do your research on local public transit, and pick a location that will be conducive to your transit needs. If you have a car, it’s important to learn about parking in the area. Some cities have readily available street parking while others can be almost impossible to park on the street on a regular basis.

Here’s a great resource to see if the neighborhood you’re looking to move to is accessible to the cities public transportation lines and the areas proximity to nearby restaurants and grocery stores.

Walk Score Calculator

4. Meet People With Similar Interests Via Meetup.com

Meetup.com is a great resource to anyone who’s looking to connect with people who share similar interests to you. They have groups ranging from diehard sports fans, to book clubs, painting groups, all the way to gaming groups. Groups meet up weekly or monthly and usually have a large turnout of people who are in a similar situation as you are, and are more than willing to welcome you to the city.

5. Sport Leagues

As you’re entering into a point in your life where you want to remain active and avoid the gym, sport leagues such as volleyball, softball, or even ping pong exist in most cities. This is a great way to blow off some steam after work and meet like-minded people who have similar interests. This is also a great way to get integrated into a social scene in a city and has the added benefit of staying active.