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Relocating to New York can be an extremely beneficial experience, though at the beginning, it can also be quite an ordeal. Luckily, with the Big Apple being the most cosmopolitan place in the world, there are many organizations that assist expatriates in settling in, by helping them with housing, by letting them stay connected to their home culture, or by aiding them in making business contacts.
Apart from the widely used Craigslist, many other websites or companies are available for finding housing, depending on your needs and preferences. For example, roommatetonic.com is a fantastic member-based platform with a strong presence in New York, for anyone looking for a roommate or just a room about anywhere in the world. If you have a little bit more money at your disposal, you might be interested in relocation companies. These companies usually help clients, oftentimes businesspeople, to find their perfect apartment according to strict criteria and high standards. Relocation companies are naturally more expensive than most other services in the moving business, but they are usually very efficient. A couple of them, including Advantage Relocation Consultants, specialize in the relocation of corporate clients, executives and their family to New York or the New York metropolitan area. Another real estate broker who not only specializes in relocation, but also in rentals, purchases, and selling your current property, is Rothschild Realty Associates: They have a wealth of experience in major cities around the world, thanks to their many international partners, and they have a particularly strong presence in NYC, where their headquarters are.
Thanks to New York’s multinational culture, it is also home to many international organizations, which host many events quite regularly. They include chambers of commerce or business associations. Some of the most notable ones are the German American Business Association, and the French American Chamber of Commerce, which organize galas and business events. Though most of them require membership, they offer expat services, including consulting as well as relocation services, and have a databank of member companies.
And naturally, there is also InterNations, whose key purpose is to connect people/expats living anywhere in the world. Thanks to so-called “InterNations Ambassadors” in NYC, there are regular events for expats to connect with other expatriates living in New York. Not only will InterNations keep you connected with expats from your home country, but you also have the chance to meet other people from all over the world, including locals. This is one of the easiest ways to make new friends or valuable business connections. Since InterNations is a member-only platform, not everyone can join; each member is hand-picked, which makes InterNations not only the largest expatriate network worldwide, but also a community of trust.
Members interact in an offline environment through events or activity groups, but also on the InterNations online platform. The interface makes it easy for everyone to find like-minded folks, and/or new contacts in or from their respective community. Beyond members making valuable connections, the Forum sections for Jobs and Housing ads support expats trying to find a new apartment or a new career as well. In this community of trust, you can also receive valuable advice from other members or share your thoughts in the World Forum. With New York being the 4rth largest InterNations Community on a platform with nearly 650,000 members altogether, you are bound to find something or someone to your liking.
Since New York is such a big city, it is unfortunately very easy to feel rather small. Fortunately, there are many organizations willing to help out with finding either housing or people to network with, in order to make New York your new home.