How to move to America & Moving to New York City

Tips, tricks, and guides to help you with your move. Everything from banking to sandwiches.


All the information an expat needs before a move to America and New York City.

Have you just arrived or still planning your move to New York City?


You’ve landed in the United States, and it's now time get yourself setup. This is your guide to NYC and America for the first month.


Once you've gotten all that out the way and you know the essentials, finally you want to know the extra bits to make the stay even better.


Are you looking to meet new people in New York? Once a week, 10 people who aren’t yet friends having dinner (and drinks if you’d like) at an affordable restaurant around NYC on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 7pm (with me there too).

Latest from the NYC Expat Blog

Everything you need to know and the latest tips from an Australian abroad.

Dinner with New Friends

Dinner with New Friends

Since moving to NYC and starting this website to try and help Aussies (and other expats) new to NYC, I’ve met some really awesome people one-on-one. Some of the people I’ve met have had specific questions they needed help with, … Read More

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How to renew your Australian passport in America

Travel Tips from a Travel Professional

Because travel is a big part of moving overseas, I thought I’d ask my good friend from high school, Nick Pemberton, who Manages a Travel Associates in South Australia to send through his absolute essential tips for flying, travel, upgrades, … Read More

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Apartment available in the West Village NYC

Apartment available for rent in the West Village, NYC

This is my friend Ryan and Meggie’s place that they’re moving out of and it’s now available for rent in the West Village. They’re legends, and if you’re a legend too, you can rent (or sub-let) this place! Lease takeover … Read More

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Furniture for sale whole NYC apartment

Do you need a whole apartment of furniture?

One sofa, two beds, two chests of drawers, a sofa bed, a digital piano, a dining table, a bench, a set of dining chairs, a rug, a TV and stand, kitchen goods, bedding, lamps, tables, and so much more! A … Read More

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Medicare as an Australian Expat

Can I use Australian Medicare as an Australian Expat living overseas?

Have you moved to America and thought to yourself at some point: “If I ever get sick or need hospital care, I’ll just go back to Australia!” well then this is for you because it’s not always so easy to … Read More

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Are you a health care wizard

Open enrollment 2018 for Qualified Health Insurance Plans has begun!

Starting TODAY, November 1, you can sign up for health coverage at If you’ve come to the US and do not have health care through your employer, or have waited too long to get insurance, then this is the only … Read More

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The Guide to the New York Marathon

Your Guide to the New York City Marathon 2018

This Sunday, November 4, The 2018 New York City Marathon will be run for its 48th time. The race is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, … Read More

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Holidays in America USA

Understanding Holidays in the United States of America

Days off are a luxury in the US, so it’s no surprise that when the opportunity presents itself in holidays everyone grabs it with both hands! One thing to understand though about holidays is also that they aren’t standard, and … Read More

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It's Flu Season and you should get a Flu Shot

Get a flu shot (it’s flu season and it will mess you up)

You should really get a flu shot. It’s headed fast into flu season in America and the flu is unlike any cold you’ve had before (it hurts). Here are all the ways to get a flu shot in New York … Read More

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Saving Money on Health Insurance

Save $1 a day on your Health Insurance

Did you know that you can save money with your health insurance company just by walking every day and staying healthy? Lots of insurance companies are now offering activity bonuses for those who track their steps! I chose Oscar Health … Read More

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Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Ads Up, the Aussie refugee network, is looking for volunteers to meet with newly arrived refugees! You may have heard about the refugee swap deal signed between the US and Aus, which allows 1250 … Read More

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Best way to transfer AUD to USD

Best way to transfer AUD to USD – Transferwise vs. OFX vs. vs. PayPal vs. Banks

Transferring money internationally is an expensive and confusing process the first time you try but if you know where to look, I can help you transfer those Australian Dollars ($AUD) into US Dollars ($USD) in no time! There are four … Read More

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Cheap Broadway tickets to all the Broadway Shows

How to get cheap Broadway tickets for every show

There are so many different ways to buy cheap Broadway tickets for shows that it can be confusing sometimes! So did you know that there’s a website that lists all the special deals and ongoing lotteries for all the major … Read More

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25% off

first clean
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House & Apartment Cleaner

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50% off

first month
The Best Coworking Space in NYC
Special Discount

The Best & Cheapest Co-working in New York City

WiFi, Coffee, Snacks, space, fun, community, friends, quiet, peace. All for $49 in your first month. Yep.


Munchery Grapefruit Salad

Need Dinner?

There are so many delivery places, and lots of them give deals to you if you sign up through a referral, so here you go!
Is something not right? Feel like a beer? A coffee? A chat? A friend?

Welcome to America Josh

Hello! I’m Josh Pugh and I arrived in New York on January 12, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia (read more about me if you’d like) with a suitcase and not much more.

While I found lots of resources across the internet to help with my move, I couldn’t find a reliable central point with information about the basics; so I thought I’d fix that.

This site is a compilation of answers to frequently asked questions I’ve found on forums, Facebook pages and from my own experience. The content is always changing and evolving as I learn more and as helpful people submit updates. To help you, all pages include “Last updated” dates right at the bottom.

If you think something isn't quite right, have a hot tip, or want to share a coffee (beer) please do email me at - I love a chat. There are also forms at the bottom of every page that will let you send feedback.

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