If you’re heading off to college for the first time, you most likely will be finding yourself in an entirely new place. It can be incredibly daunting if you don’t know anyone, you don’t know of any cool places to go yet, and you’re just starting off at your new school. At JumpOffCampus, we’ve certainly been there, and that is why we’ve put together some suggestions for helping you get to know your new home.
Check the walkability score. In one of Mark’s previous posts, he had mentioned using Walk Score to find cool places near you. Not only will the site give you the rating of how walkable your city is, but you’ll also get a listing of all the restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, retail stores, bookstores, bars, and other entertainment venues right in your area.
If you’re a coffee lover, try CoffeeSeeker.com. By simply putting in your zip code, you can find all the coffee shops right within your area. That way you can even try all the coffee shops in your neighborhood to see which one you like the best.
Check local newspapers and other local publications for cool events and reviews. One of the best resources you can use are the local publications in your area. Not only can these give you listings of some of the local businesses near you, but they may also give you reviews of these places so you can determine if it would be a place you would like. If you live in Boston or Providence, you may want to check out the Boston or Providence Phoenix, which will have a ton of cool listings right in your area.
Take a drive. Another way to find intriguing places is to simply take a drive around and see where you end up. This can also be a great way to get to know your new roommate, so take them along for the ride!
Avoid chain stores and shops for a while. A great way to meet new people and find some great places is to avoid shopping in chain stores, or places you could find anywhere else. It will not only open you up to your new city, but you may also find your new favorite coffee shop or bakery!
Although navigating a new place can be difficult sometimes, it’s best to try to take it all in stride. While it won’t be easy at first, just hitting the web or taking a drive can help you ease the shock of living in a new place.