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Making the Move? Resources for a Location Change

When you are open to a variety of locations for your internship, co-op, or full-time search, it expands the opportunities available to you. Moving to a new location is often followed by the excitement of exploring restaurants, shops, and nearby neighborhoods. But prior to your move, it may seem overwhelming as you select housing and familiarize yourself with transportation. While visiting a city prior to moving is the ideal scenario, timing can make doing so difficult or impossible. Here’s how you can learn more about your new city and make the big move easier:

Ask Your Employer

If you are not sure where to start, ask your employer. They may be able to provide you with a list of surrounding neighborhoods and/ or apartments that offer both short and long term housing options. Take into account where your future colleagues work and consider their input on transportation options and commute.

Connect with Other Ohio State Interns

If you have reported your co-op/ internship offer with ECS, you can easily connect with other interns with the same work term. Upon reporting, you gain access to a Google document that lists other Ohio State engineering students’ locations and roommate preferences. Use this document to reach out to others who may be looking for short-term housing in the same area or simply to plan activities together for exploring your new city!

Consult Relocation Resources

  • GoinGlobal is accessible through your CareerEngine account. Once you log in, click the GoinGlobal icon located on the right-hand side of your homepage. Many US cities have a Career Guide which includes a subsection titled “Living There” where you can find cultural advice, financial considerations, and an overview of the city’s transportation, recreation, and safety suggestions.
  • US.jobs, an online resource provided by the National Labor Exchange, offers a collection of relocation tools. Gain access to cost of living, demographic, and school district information through this portal. You can even use their Moving Calculator to estimate costs within the United States for interstate or local relocation.
  • The CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator compares salary in two different cities. This will help you determine how far your wage will go when considering relocation. It also provides a quick visual on price differences for housing, utilities, and even groceries.
  • Use the United States Census Bureau Fact Finder to explore community facts. If you are relocating your family for a position, housing costs and school districts might factor into your decisions. You can view business and industry growth in your desired region with this resource too.

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

About the author

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.