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.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

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?

SETTING UP

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.

LIVING HERE

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.

DINNER WITH NEW FRIENDS

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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The Best Apps & Websites for Cheap Flights

The Best Apps & Websites for Cheap Flights

For most people living in a country that isn’t the one they were born in, flying is a significant part of life. It’s not cheap, it’s long and cramped, and it’s generally a pain in the butt. So here’s how … Read More

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The 5 things to remember when tipping in New York

The 5 things to remember when tipping in New York

Tipping is a difficult concept if you’ve come from a country that doesn’t have it, I know. You can have all the philosophical and political debates you want, but the fact is that it is a big part of the … Read More

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Play Indoor Touch Australian League Football 9s (AFL9s) in New York

Play Indoor Touch Australian League Football 9s (AFL9s) in New York

Have you missed AFL since you’ve been in New York? Are you interested in playing some touch football indoors to stay out of the cold? Well here’s your chance with the New York Magpies! The New York Magpies are a … Read More

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What the hell is a NCAA Bracket? And why is March filled with Madness?

What the hell is an NCAA Bracket? And why is March filled with Madness?

Have you heard about “brackets”, “NCAA”, “March Madness” and “basketball” recently? Well let me explain it, and you could WIN two free tickets to Dinner with New Friends by winning the America Josh NCAA Bracket 2019! So as you have … Read More

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Getting an E3 Visa in Bridgetown, Barbados

Getting an E3 Visa in Bridgetown, Barbados

My E-3 had almost run out of time, and it was time for an E3 Visa Renewal! I know lots of people have questions about what exactly the process is, so I’m going to run you through it, as I … Read More

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Where to buy cheap house plants in New York City

Where to buy cheap house plants in New York City

This article started as “how to take care of houseplants in New York City apartments” until all the houseplants in my apartment died. Every single one. Even the tiny cactus that is “basically indestructible” and “requires no maintenance”. So… Here’s … Read More

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How to renew your Australian passport in America

Do I need to carry my passport, green card, and visa at all times?

While you may think you’re ok to travel domestically within the United States freely, you may not realize that you should technically be carrying your immigration documents at all times to avoid issues. Whether crossing state borders or going on … Read More

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Cheap Broadway tickets to all the Broadway Shows

The 4 Musicals You Should See on Broadway If You Can Only Pick One

You’ve arrived in New York City, whether you’re staying here for a long time or a short time, you’re going to probably want to see a Broadway Show… But which one!? If you feel like a musical on Broadway, here’s … Read More

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New Victory Theatre A Simple Space 3

Show Review: Gravity & Other Myths – A SIMPLE SPACE

We headed to the New Victory Theatre to see Gravity & Other Myths, an Australian group (based in Adelaide, woo) perform A SIMPLE SPACE. The long story short: It was not what I expected at all!  So what is it? … Read More

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How to dispose of a mattress (or box spring) in New York City

How to dispose of a mattress (or box spring) in New York City

There are pretty strict rules about what you can do with a mattress in New York City and for good reason. If you think it’s ok to just put your mattress on the sidewalk and hope for the best, I’ve … Read More

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The best way to get to (and from) New York City's airports

The best way to get to (and from) New York City’s airports

JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are the three biggest airports for New York City and actually getting there in time can be surprisingly difficult. If the traffic picks up then you’re going to be in a car for around 2 hours … Read More

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The best ways to get around in New York City

Living in a big city comes with its benefits, but amongst all of the wonder, there’s also the difficulty of getting around. If you catch a train, there’s a chance that you get stuck in a smelly carriage, and if … Read More

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SPECIALS & DEALS

I'm always trying to find specials and deals just for you. If I have any good new ones, you'll see them below here!

25% off

first clean
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House & Apartment Cleaner

We've made great friends with the team at RoomTurn and can now offer a special deal!

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.

DEALS

everywhere
Munchery Grapefruit Salad
ONLINE DEAL

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 josh@americajosh.com - I love a chat. There are also forms at the bottom of every page that will let you send feedback.

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