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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Why you should tell your bank your foreign tax information

Why you should tell your bank your foreign tax information

Has your bank recently asked for your “tax identification number (TIN)” in the U.S.? Are they asking tax questions, account questions, or other residency questions? Don’t worry, it’s completely normal! A question that is appearing online recently very frequently is … Read More

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Can I get TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry as an Expat?

Can I get TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry as an Expat?

Lining up at the airport in the U.S. can be a long and daunting task (especially for those of us who are foreign citizens), but TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, and other memberships seem to make those lines shorter… are they … Read More

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See your incoming mail FROM THE FUTURE!

See your incoming mail FROM THE FUTURE!

Did you know that USPS can send you a scanned version of the mail you are to receive that day, right to your email inbox? It’s true! If you don’t like going to your mailbox or find yourself short of time … Read More

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Holiday Drinks with New Friends

Holiday Drinks with New Friends

I’m throwing a party! It’s the holidays, so I want to celebrate with you and have a drink in the East Village (if that’s what you’d like) with lots of new friends. Whether you’re new to the city, old to … Read More

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4 reasons you need renter's insurance. Everyone does. You need it. Seriously.

4 reasons you need renter’s insurance. Everyone does. You need it. Seriously.

You probably don’t think you need renter’s insurance, or maybe you’ve never thought about it, I know. But you do, and it’s relatively cheap (like a few dollars a month cheap) so I think you should at least keep reading … Read More

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My Top 5 Tips for Long Flights

My Top 5 Tips for Long Flights

I just finished the four long flights (4 x 13 hours) that it takes to get to Australia and back, and after landing back in New York, I thought it might be handy if I gave my top 5 tips for … Read More

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Travel Tips from a Travel Professional

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 HealthCare.gov. 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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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
RoomTurn Candle Best Cleaner in NYC
Special Discount

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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