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How do you make a new city YOUR city?

Moving to a new city can be daunting.

So the burning question is 'how do you make a new city YOUR city?' By aimlessly searching the internet, 'top tips on how to explore a new city' continuously features on so many blogs, although these tips can be a helpful insight on how inexperienced travellers can explore a new exotic city, they fail to connect to an audience that truly needs the most help—students. For many students moving to university means a new start, a new playing field, a time where responsibility and exploration stretch far beyond the school gates.

Facing university can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you add the extra pressure of settling into a new city. A city is not a city without its people, however, even when you're surrounded by people it can still feel both isolating and daunting. Finding a new city gives you the ability to face the loneliness and transform it into your own adventure. In order to make this new city your own, you have to be prepared, you have to be willing to leave your old life at home, not by forgetting about it, but by using it as a resource to reflect on how much you have grown.

How to create 'YOUR' city
  1. Explore

When looking for a new city you need to investigate it. Although, spontaneity is key for exploring, for an inexperienced student in a new environment it's essential to find out the good and bad aspects. The reality of exploring a new city can be tiring and sometimes disappointing if the city is just not right for you, especially if it's a complete contrast to your home life. However, it's also exhilarating as discovering the culture, nightlife, student life, shopping opportunities etc begins to transform your outlook. Finding good and bad points of a new city enables your mind to grow and experience new beginnings, as these new adventures create opportunities which result in a wider and in-depth discovery of self. Self-awareness and self-discovery is how an individual can both survive and flourish in this new environment.

2. Make friends

Making new friends allows you to build connections. The most daunting thing about moving away from your hometown is the fear of being alone.  The best way to make new friends is to put yourself out there, embrace socialising with new people from a variety of backgrounds. By building friendships it allows you to share your own experiences of the city with new people, through the creation of new and exciting memories. Halls of residence and societies are a great way to meet new people. By joining societies you'll give yourself the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals that share the same interests as you.

3. Don't forget about home

It is important to keep in touch with old friends and those left behind at home as, without it, it is merely impossible to define what 'home' truly feels like. Finding your own city is not about forgetting your past, it's about broadening your understandings and experiences so that you can look how far you've come.

4. Be open to new experiences

Say YES. Although this is often one of the hardest things to say, in order to make a city a home you cannot hold back. Say yes, dive in, try new things it is all about learning and adapting. 

5. Stick with it

With stress, hardships and money problems notably being the hardest issues to deal with within a new city, don't give up. A new city is hard to adjust to and sometimes moving back home might seem like a good idea, it's not, you and the city need time to evolve. Don't give up.