How to Reduce Homesickness in a New City

Regardless of whether you are moving to a new city because you are going away for school or relocating for work, living in a place where you have no family can sometimes be a daunting task. Luckily, most large cities have apartment communities where you can find a feeling of family even if there are no relatives in sight.

Get Involved

For example, if you’re looking to rent apartments in San Francisco, you can still find a comfortable, small housing community to call home amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. Living in an apartment community gives residents the chance to meet many more people than if they lived in a small building or house. The more units there are in a complex, the more opportunities there are to make friends. In addition, many apartment communities have organized activities and events that bring tenants together in a social setting, which can be especially helpful if someone is feeling homesick. The people you meet at apartment community activities might even become friends with whom you can do things outside of the complex as well.

Find Others Who Can Help

Students, in particular, can have a hard time adjusting to life in a new city because it may be the first time they have ever lived away from home. Because of this, students can have a bigger problem with homesickness than others. Luckily, many colleges and universities are aware of this and place new students in apartments or dorm communities with other students who are going through the same thing. The saying goes that “misery loves company” and this is certainly true for the misery of homesickness. Being with other people who share your feelings can give a sense of community. And even when everything is new, many students bond over the adjustment to a new city and find ways to help each other through it.

Live With People You Know

Similarly, when people move to a new city for work, they are sometimes encouraged to live in apartments near co-workers in order to help with the transition. For example, Los Angeles apartments can seem miles apart because of how spread out the city is, which can contribute to loneliness.  Similarly, in many cities like New York or San Francisco, apartments can be expensive so it may be a good idea to share an apartment with a coworker. In addition to minimizing costs, living in the same area as coworkers can create a sense of familiarity in an unfamiliar place. This can help minimize the overwhelming feeling of homesickness.

Anytime you relocate to a new city where you have no family, homesickness can be a problem. Things get better if you try to meet new people who live close to you and get involved in activities and events in your apartment community. Before you know it, you may find that your neighbors have become your second family!