I don't know anyone who has lived in the same house for his or her whole life - it's almost impossible. Moving into new houses and to new cities is essential for living and growing - but that doesn't mean it can't be challenging! New buildings, people and habits will always be quite hard to adjust to and knowing that you left something behind will make this even harder. Here are some tips which will help you love (or, if you really hate it - at least accept) your new environment.
The first step to feeling home in a new town is grabbing your coat, and exploring the area you live in. Find new shops, restaurants, little parks you could shop in and spend your time at - it might feel strange in the beginning, because where are all the people who usually greet you? - and why can't you find your regular way to the products you always buy? - but this gets easier.
Find a place to spend some time
Feeling claustrophobic in a small room isn't uncommon and that's why it's important to look for new places that'll provide you with a nice cup of coffee and a soft chair to sit in while reading your favorite book. Coffee shops are perfect for this - but try to stay away for Starbucks for once and find something new, something unique that you can only find in that specific town. Having something that you can't find anywhere else will make it feel special and you'll soon realize that when you're away, you'll miss that spot - that's the first sign of feeling at home in a new city.
Sign up to a gym or other group-related activity
It sounds super cliché, but finding new friends is very important and even though it seems to happen to some very lucky people - I've never met a new friend in the supermarket. Think of something you love doing, like taking photographs, playing volleyball, drawing, singing - and hop on your surfboard and surf the world wide web: you might find an awesome club to join. (And oh, remember to actually do it!)
Learn to find your way without a map
Larger cities can be hard to navigate through and needing an (online) map isn't something to be ashamed of. Try to remember the way to the most important places you visit, though - it's harder to call a place 'home' when you can't walk through it without a map. But, don't worry! - once you understand the city's structure it'll be easy to find any street you need, and this will contribute to a safer feeling as well.
Don't forget your loved ones at home
It sounds quite contradictory, but don't feel sad when you miss your friends - realize that missing people you moved away from is completely normal, and you'll only be a Skype call away from the people you love. I respect the people who were able to move from Europe to Australia (and other far-away places like that) during a time without phones and computers - I don't think I could've done that. Be thankful for technology and how connected we can be in the world we currently live in.
Make your living space as cosy as possible
This is crucial to feeling at home: you don't want to hate the place you're going back to after a long day of work/school. Visit a cool interior store in your new neighborhood and spend some money on cute decorations. If you don't have a budget for that, DIYs are a great way of spending little money on awesome things. You can even do this together with a newly found friend, which creates a win-win situation.
Take pieces from your old home
Objects, scents, sounds - everything that stimulates your senses - can remind you of home. It doesn't matter wether it's a candle, a ring that's too small for you now or just an old notebook: anything that takes your mind home will do the job.
It takes time
Adjusting to a new place takes time. Be patient, wait, try your hardest but don't force it - and once you've done all of this you won't hear yourself saying you're going 'to the apartment' anymore - you're going home. <3
have a beautiful day
Happiness comes from within and not from the environment you live in. There will always be people who love you and no matter the distance, remember to carry them in your heart.