How to Move to San Diego

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So you've decided to move to San Diego. If you're a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of packing up all your worldly possessions and moving to this coastal city, worry no more. Here you will find simple tips to make your move easier and more enjoyable.

Things You'll Need

  • Thomas Guide (map book)
  • Decide whether you are going to rent or buy a home in San Diego. Whether you decide to rent or buy an apartment, condo, cottage or house, there are several places you can look for current available listings. Craigslist is a good place to start. Ads are update daily, so you will always be able to find the most up-to-date information. "The San Diego Union Tribune" classifieds is also a good bet for rentals or if you are looking to buy (see Resources below).

  • Get familiar with the area. If you are able to take a trip to San Diego before you actually move there, take some time to get to know the area. Because San Diego does not have the easiest public transportation system and is quite spread out, you may want to rent a car if you do not bring your own. One of the most helpful tools for driving in San Diego is the Thomas Guide. This map book is filled with useful information for getting around the freeways and numerous communities in and surrounding San Diego County. If you're not sure which area of San Diego you would like to live, explore some of the most interesting and historic areas such as Del Mar, Encinitas, Hillcrest, La Jolla, North Park, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Point Loma and South Park, to name a few.

  • Check out the county government site. One big way to get information on San Diego County is by reading up on the community services offered, libraries in the area, parks and recreation, elections, housing, health and child services, schools, business information and environmental issues on the County of San Diego government site (see Resources below).

  • Find a job. If you do not already have a job lined up for you in San Diego, your next big step is finding something that will challenge you and still pay the bills. You can go back to Craigslist or "The Union Tribune" for job opportunities, or you may want to visit any one of numerous career websites, such as Monster or CareerBuilder (see Resources below).

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