Houston is a sprawling metropolis known for its diversity, cultural scene, and booming economy; the first weeks here were intense and challenging, but helpful to get to know the location better.
Search for an apartment
Finding an apartment can be quite an experience, especially if you’re new to the city and on a budget. The demand is high, which means landlords can be very selective when choosing tenants. Renters need to provide extensive documentation, including credit scores, proof of employment, and references. A tip for expats without a history in the US: a guarantor can help to cut the deposit for your new accommodation.
Be ready for the competition: with so many people moving to the city all year, apartments can be snatched up quickly, leaving you without many options. It happened to me, and it’s not pleasant!
Nevertheless, after days of non-stop research and house viewing, thanks to the assistance of my supervisor, I could find the perfect place for me and my family.
Applying for the SSN is easy and quick, but getting your card might take some time, in my case up to 4 weeks: consider this issue because it will slow down a lot of other essential duties, such as opening a bank account.
Around the city
Downtown Houston is a bustling hub of activity during the week, with thousands of people commuting to work, and running errands. A constant stream of traffic fills the streets, and pedestrians populate the sidewalks. However, the area takes on a very different vibe during the weekend. Most businesses and offices are closed, and the neighborhoods are much quieter, giving an almost desert-like feeling, as few people venture out to walk. Despite this, there are some nice restaurants, bars, and shops to hang out.
My wife and I went to Downtown Aquarium, a must-visit destination for anyone interested in marine life. The aquarium is home to many fish species, from colorful tropical fish to dangerous sharks and stingrays. Visitors can go through a shark tank with a train ride and experience an interactive touch tank to get up close with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures.
As a destination for families, the Aquarium has a range of other attractions, including a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and a restaurant where diners can enjoy a meal while surrounded by a breathtaking underwater world.
Keep reading my next posts; I look forward to sharing more about my new life in Houston!