There’s nothing more exciting and challenging for a twenty-something than to try out city living. Big cities are fun because they have more of everything: types of people, restaurants, cultural events, and things to see and do. It’s possible to never be lonely or bored if you are proactive in getting out and taking advantage of everything that’s there. Here’s how to make big city living in your twenties the best possible experience.
Meet New People and Make New Friends
The Internet has dramatically changed the way we build relationships with people. People used to have to join a gym, church group or organized recreational sport (to name a few examples) in order to try and meet people with similar interests. Nowadays you only need to sign onto the Internet to find people with similar interests. Meetup.com is a website where you can find groups of people who engage in activities you also enjoy. There are groups for everyone, from people who own pugs to people who are learning French as a second language. There are also groups that are strictly social, like “girl’s night out” clubs and meetups for twenty-something singles. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to a city. By all means, you can still join a gym or church group as well!
Find Out What’s Free
Big city living can be expensive, but not if you do a little research. With a little bit of investigation you can find where the best—and least expensive—happy hours take place. Culturally speaking, most arts and cultural or historical organizations, like museums and theatres, have days of the week where admittance is either severely discounted or free. Many also have nighttime events for young professionals, which serve as a great way to be involved and meet people. Do a little groundwork and there’s no reason that you can’t have a packed schedule every week without breaking the bank.
Explore New Neighborhoods
You’ll definitely want to become familiar with your neighborhood. After all, those are the restaurants, stores and hang-outs that you’ll be frequenting. At the same time, you don’t want to limit yourself to one area. Grab a friend and check out a new neighborhood each month. One of the best things about living in a big city is that there is always something new to see or do. Go out and explore your options.
Use Public Transportation
One of the biggest advantages of living in a large city is the access to reliable public transportation. If you have a car, consider getting rid of it and using public transportation instead. It’ll save you money and stress. Your twenties can be a time for living without things weighing you down—like car payments, insurance and expensive parking permits. Living in a big city means you can simplify your life.
Big city living isn’t for everyone, but doing so in your twenties can be an adventure. You’re young enough to have little to lose. With the right attitude you can make it work.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.