6 Pro Tips for Becoming a Local in Your New City in No Time

Navigating a new city can feel a little daunting, especially when you’ve got university, work, and new friends to focus on too. We’ve got some helpful tips to get you feeling like a local in no time at all.

Learn how to navigate the public transport system.

Using public transport to navigate a new city will help you get a feel for the place and stop Uber from burning a hole in your pocket. It’s also a great way to accidentally stumble on exciting things that local guides might overlook. Take a day to venture out to suburbs with unfamiliar names. Hop on and off and discover where the trains, trams and buses can take you.

Take up a hobby.

Taking up a hobby is a great way to meet people and make your new city feel more like home. Find a futsal team looking for a new player, get your hands dirty with pottery or join the chess club on campus. You can get the local lowdown on the ins and outs of the city while making friends and adding something fun to your schedule to balance out study and work commitments.

Explore public libraries.

Libraries are treasure troves of local history and great places to spend rainy afternoons people-watching and stepping momentarily into new worlds just by picking up a dusty book from a shelf. Bigger public libraries like the grand State Library of Victoria or Queensland aren’t just breathtaking in design, they offer a variety of free exhibitions, lectures, events and tours to feed your curiosity.

Read local papers.

Strewn in the doorways of shops and cafes you’ll find street press like Beat Magazine, The Music and Fashion Journal. These free publications are a fantastic insight into the cultural happenings of major cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Popular online publications like Broadsheet, Concrete Playground and Time Out are great resources when looking for places to eat, drink and hang out. Community newspapers are also free and offer a closer look at different neighbourhoods.

Take time to wander the streets.

Aimlessly wandering the streets of a city is essential for any new resident. Simply taking in the sights and learning your way around will make you feel at home as everything slowly becomes familiar. Our Scape buildings are conveniently located right by city centres so you’re always within walking distance of the action. Soon enough you’ll feel confident giving directions to tourists and you’ll truly feel like a local!

Keep an eye on the city’s events calendar.

Sometimes the things that give a city its distinct character are taken for granted by locals and might be missed by newcomers. Keep an eye on events calendars published by local councils, browse through the iconic Avant Card postcards and take a moment to check out the posters pasted on walls and sticky-taped around streetlights for gigs, exhibitions, talks, night markets or even protests that you’re keen to check out. And there’s always Scape’s monthly events calendar that keeps you in the loop with upcoming goings-on around our buildings as well as opportunities to hop on our own shuttle bus and go on day trips with your neighbours exploring the local areas! We’ve also got our team on site 24/7 so there is always a friendly face nearby to give you a helping hand or advice on the best local spots too.