Moving is always a big decision and you need to be adequately prepared to make adjustments where necessary. Sometimes you may not even want to move but a job may require you to. You should always do some research on the city/town you are moving to. This way, you will be ready for weather changes and financial hiccups. In regards to weather, knowing about the climate of the city you are moving to helps you get prepared for potentially adverse conditions. Besides weather, there are a number of other things that you need to be prepared for before moving to a different city such as costs of living and security issues.
If you are looking to move to Toronto there are a couple of things you need to know beforehand in order to be mentally ready. Here are the top ten things that you should know before moving to Toronto.
#1. Weather & Climate
You should be prepared for vast weather conditions. During the winter, temperatures can drop to extremely cold. However, the lake effect ensures that the downtown core does not experience these cold temperatures. The summer heat on the other hand can go up to forty degrees Celsius plus humidity. As you plan to move to Toronto, you should be ready for any type of weather because you are likely to experience it.
#2. Big City
Toronto is big and you are likely to find a bit of everything. With a population of over 2.6 million (GTA 5.5 million), there are plenty of stores and government entities to cater for such a huge number of people. The population is still growing so more growth opportunities can be foreseen.
Toronto is a diverse place. This can be attributed to the fact that 49 percent of its population was not born in Canada. This means that you can find all sorts of people in Toronto. With people from different backgrounds and with varying cultures, you are likely to have a better life experience. Interacting with different people adds value to a person? life.
#4. Expencive City
Toronto is an expensive place to live in, so you need to be financially prepared. The housing, rental and cost of living is generally higher than that of other places in Canada. If you cannot afford it, you may want to consider moving to a different city in Canada. However, if you are ready to face the tough financial times ahead and strike a balance between your expenses and income, you are free to do so too.
#5. Quality of Life
Despite the high costs of living, Toronto is constantly ranked as one of the best places in the world to live and work in (See the 2012 the Mercer? 2012 QUALITY OF LIVING WORLDWIDE CITY RANKINGS). Torontonians are proud of this fact.
#6. Transport System
In Toronto, it is easier to take the subway than it is to drive around. This is mainly because it is expensive to park and there are many one way streets in some parts of Toronto. The subway is therefore more affordable and reliable. It is cheaper in the long run to use the subway and save the parking money that would have otherwise been used.
#7. CN Tower - makes it easy to get around in the city
It is easy to familiarize yourself with this city. This is because you can easily spot the CN tower and know where you are at all times as it is always south.
8. Grid System
Toronto city is based on a grid pattern, starting from the north of Lake Ontario. Yonge Street divides the city into two parts, east and west. On the other hand, Bloor St divides the city into uptown and downtown. This makes it easier for a newcomer to find their way around the big city.
#9. Free News & Magazines
You can check out the weekly newspapers such as The Grid and the Now magazine which are free. You can also keep yourself informed by reading the Toronto star and The Globe. With these newspapers and magazines, it is easy to be in the know at all times. It is always wise to be aware of the goings on in your city so as not to be caught off guard.
Toronto is a relatively safe city despite its size, given that crime is more rampant in big cities. However, there are incidences of crime in some areas and you should exercise caution. It is easier for people to be more productive in a safe environment as opposed to one where they are always looking over their shoulders. As is the case in most places, you should not throw caution to the wind just because a city is considered safe.