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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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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Real Italian Cooking With The 'Nonnas' Who Know It Best Enoteca Maria

Join me and have some grandmas and nonnas cook you dinner

Dinner with New Friends has been a LOT of fun so far. We’ve had 7 dinners with 70 people all having dinner and making new friends and connections each and every week. My plan is to make them even better and … Read More

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Post Bar NYC

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (June 13, 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 Looking for a nice place before a Broadway Show? Well, this week I … Read More

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How to move apartment

How to move apartment in New York City (Part 1: Locations & Brokers)

I FOUND A NEW APARTMENT! I’m a bit excited because I’m moving from a three-person share house where I was subletting, and I’m movin’-on-up to my very own place. There are lots of things that you’ll need to sort out … Read More

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Fresh to New York Happy Hour & Networking Event

Fresh to New York: Happy Hour & Networking Event

Here’s something exciting and new, just for you! An event that brings new people to New York together with established New Yorkers! America Josh and Meet&Connect proudly present a chance to meet some new people, find a new friend, make … Read More

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Order: A minimalist watch inspired by New York City

Order: A minimalist watch inspired by New York City (IT HAS NO HANDS!?)

Sure. A watch with no hands. BUT HOW!? Hamish is a good friend with an awesome company, order, doing beautiful work like this watch. They’ve already made their goal, so the watches are going to be headed into production. I … Read More

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Porsena East Village Restaurant

The Best Things To Do in NYC this Week (June 6, 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 Looking for something a little nice and some traditional Italian? I’ve got you … Read More

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Where to watch the FIFA World Cup Finals in New York City

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup Finals LIVE in New York City

One great place where you can watch ALL the games live in the East Village: The Summit Bar! They’re Putin on a World Cup Party (ha!) and they’re also raising money for #cookforsyria in the process. … Read More

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Australian to American Business Name Translator

Australian to American Business Name Translator

When I first moved to New York, I remember getting to my apartment which (luckily) had a mattress, but nothing else. I needed to buy things, and quickly so that I could start my adventure from the comforts of a … Read More

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I am part of Community Resource Exchange (CRE)’s INSPIRE 10 crowdfunding campaign, which is raising funds for CRE’s work helping inspiring nonprofit leaders and their organizations become stronger through consulting and leadership development!

I’m a part of the INSPIRE 10 Crowdfunding Campaign

I am part of Community Resource Exchange (CRE)’s INSPIRE 10 crowdfunding campaign, which is raising funds for CRE’s work helping inspiring nonprofit leaders and their organizations become stronger through consulting and leadership development! … 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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