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I'm kind of scared to move to a new city?

I've just been offered a job in Washington D.C.. I graduated from college in May, and I've wanted nothing more than to move out of my parents' house since then. I am excited, but I'm also very intimidated because I now have less than two weeks to find an apartment in D.C., and I have no idea which areas are good and bad. I also am not able to spend over 1,000 a month on rent, so I would very much like to have a roommate to cut down costs, but I don't know where to find a good one quickly. I guess I'm mainly just intimidated because it is a new city to me. I was born in Manhattan and have spent most of my life just outside of New York in New Jersey (I even went to college in Jersey), so I'm used to urban living. I know New York like the back of my hand, and I think I'm scared of D.C. because even though it isn't nearly as big, I don't know it at all and don't know anyone there. I'm worried I'll find an apartment in a bad area and not even know it. I suppose I'm just ranting now though... anybody ever been in a similar situation and have some advice?

Asked By: - 9/23/2012
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I would say go for it! I grew up just outside Washington so of course I'm biased, but I love it there. It is of course much smaller than New York City, so learning your way around the city should be easy. There are a lot of universities in the area and the city does attract a lot of recent college grads/younger... More
Answered By: Mike R - 9/25/2012
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well think about it, since it is a smaller city, it wont be as difficult to figure out. plus you would need to visit apartments before you rent. you can talk to some people, yes strangers, and see if they like where they live. may be kind of creepy, but it will get u the answers u want... More
Answered By: Lilli - 9/23/2012
 
You'll find that DC is a transient city--a high percentage of folks, particularly in their 20s, are new to town, having moved here for a job (often with the government or with a professional association). So, you won't be alone. It's relatively easy to meet new people... More
Answered By: DON W - 9/24/2012
 
Been there and done that. If I had to do it all over again and move to the area as a total outsider and look for a place to rent WITH a roommate, this is what I would do... More
Answered By: nickdc1960 - 9/25/2012
 
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