Posted Nov 3, 2014

5 Apps That Make Life in a New City Easier

Moving to a new city can be one of the most exciting times in your life. The move means new places to explore and countless opportunities for adventures. Life in a new city boast benefits like new restaurants, bars, art venues, and, of course, friends to be made.

However, while moving can be exciting, it can also be daunting. Moving to a new apartment in the same city offers its share of challenges, but relocating to a new city adds the additional layer of having to learn about the new geographic place.

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The good news is that many apps can make your life easier. They will help you learn about what there is to do in a new place, where to make friends and how to get everything you need to set up an apartment. Here are some of the best apps for building a life in a new city.


How to get around is one of the most important things to figure out when you move to a new place. Not only will you want to explore, you’ll also want to get to important places such as the hardware store and furniture store. HopStop gives new residents directions to places they want to go via public transportation.

All you have to do is simply enter a destination, and HopStop can tell you the best way to get there and how long it will take. While HopStop isn’t useful in every town in America, it does offer helpful transportation information for dozens of cities across the country.


If you need to find something around you fast, Yelp is an excellent resource for anyone who has just moved. The sight, which allows you to search for specific destinations based on your GPS location, also is a treasure trove of reviews, so you make sure that you end up going to a quality place–not somewhere you’ll be disappointed with.

Yelp is an excellent service because it allows you to search for essentially anything you could want and need in a new city–including hardware stores, furniture shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and more. It also links with your phone’s map function so that you can get personally-tailored directions there, making it much easier to navigate a brand new city. One of the best parts about Yelp is that it’s available in nearly every city!


If you’re looking for an app that can help you find exactly what you want when you need it, AroundMe is a great choice. With AroundMe, users choose from a selection of destinations; then find the ones that are nearby. AroundMe is location-based, so it’s a great choice for new residents who do not want to navigate far.

Its selections include movie theaters, bars, ATMs, restaurants, hospitals and gas stations, so it’s convenient in a huge range of situations. AroundMe is a good alternative or companion for services like Yelp because it eliminates the time and effort required to search for a specific destination and allows people to find what they want nearby with just the touch of a button.


If you’re looking to meet new people, get involved in new activities or just have fun, MeetUp allows people to gather into groups to plan activities and meet-ups. Whether you’re looking for a romantic connection, a social activity, a charity project or a team to join, MeetUp can show you people in your area who are looking and planning to do the same thing. MeetUp is an excellent resource for anyone in a new city who is focused on connecting or creating a new community.


Moving means a lot of things that need doing. These include decorating, assembling furniture and more. However, in a new city, it can be hard to find trusted and reputable handymen and services. That’s where TaskRabbit comes into play.

TaskRabbit matches service providers with people who need services. Each TaskRabbit gets a review so you can be sure that you’re hiring someone trustworthy and skilled. TaskRabbit is available in at least 19 cities and is growing.

When you moved to a new city, did you discover an app that made the moving process easier? Share your favorite apps with us on Twitter!

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5 Apps to Make Life in a New City Easier

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Niccole Schreck


Niccole is the Senior Brand Manager at Lovely. She has a passion for drinking wine, making things (often with wine corks), and helping renters find a perfect place to live.

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