The Definitive Expat Guide for moving to New York City & America

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 get a New York City library card

Why you should get a New York City library card

Did you know… I stole this from the New York Times (small time readership compared to America Josh but you may have heard of it). Do you have a New York City library card? If so, you can now go … Read More

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The 5 things every person in New York City should have on them at all times

The 5 things every person in New York City should have on them at all times

I’ve been here a year and a half now and after many mistakes, I think I’ve worked out the top 5 things that every person in New York City should carry at all times… Here we go! 1. An umbrella … Read More

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Little Branch

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (July 18, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week (especially after a whole week off, what the hell have I been doing!?) Restaurant of the week … Read More

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How you can help a charity by shopping on Amazon (Prime Day is coming)

How you can help a charity by just shopping on Amazon (Prime Day is coming)

Amazon is a behemoth, we all know that. The one thing you learn quickly when you move to the US is that they can solve all of your worldly problems at the click of a button and a subscription to … Read More

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How to move apartment in New York City (Part 5- Legal Notifications, Shopping, Furniture, & Cleaners)

How to move apartment in New York City (Part 5: Legal Notifications, Shopping, Furniture, & Cleaners)

Ok so you’ve picked the location you’d like to live in and you’ve decided whether or not to hire a broker. You understand the tips and tricks to look for when looking at an apartment and avoided the traps, and all … Read More

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I bought a Casper

I got a Casper mattress and thought I’d tell you all about it (and save you $75)

Moving apartments (as you can see in my series about moving) can be a pain, and picking a mattress was one of the tasks that took a fair bit of research (certainly more than I expected). You’ve no doubt seen some … Read More

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Extra Fancy Cocktail magic by Megan Swann

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (July 11, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week (especially after a whole week off, what the hell have I been doing!?) Restaurant of the week … Read More

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How to move apartment in New York City (Part 4: Movers, Insurance & Mail Forwarding)

How to move apartment in New York City (Part 4: Movers, Insurance & Mail Forwarding)

Ok so you’ve picked the location you’d like to live in and you’ve decided whether or not to hire a broker. You understand the tips and tricks to look for when looking at an apartment and avoided the traps, and all … Read More

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Bowery Road

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (June 27, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week? Restaurant of the week Last night we went and had some tasty Thai! Thaimee Table is a … Read More

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The Brooklyn Barge

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (June 20, 2018)

Every week I try to visit some new venues and tell you about the best ones. So where has Josh been this week? Restaurant of the week It’s Pasta time! Cotenna is a DELICIOUS and beautiful little wine bar to … Read More

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How to move apartment in New York City (Part 3: Making an Offer & The Contract and Terms)

How to move apartment in New York City (Part 3: Making an Offer & The Contract and Terms)

Ok so you’ve picked the location you’d like to live in and you’ve decided whether or not to hire a broker. You understand the tips and tricks to look for when looking at an apartment and avoided the traps, and all … Read More

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How to move apartment in New York City (Part 2: Questions to Ask & Traps to Avoid)

How to move apartment in New York City (Part 2: Questions to Ask & Traps to Avoid)

Ok so you’ve picked the location you’d like to live in and you’ve decided whether or not to hire a broker. Now it’s time to see some apartments and ask some smart questions. First things first, the person you’re with is … 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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