Make it feel like a home
After a long train ride, plane flight or being dropped off by a loved one, that moment when you are in your new place, all alone, kinda stings. Nothing makes you feel more alone like those bare walls, a single, unmade bed, empty closets and a desolate desk. Feeling at home in my new place became much more easier when I hung up some cards and letters from my best friend and filled out the open closet space with my books and pictures. I also bought myself a bunch of flowers, a little plant, spread out candles all throughout the room and bought myself a big cosy comforter. Make it your new favorite place to come home to after work or class.
Get back into your regular routine
Though those first few days are pretty hectic, running around, organizing things and buying even more. But getting back into the little routines you had before you moved might help feeling more at ease. For me, these are working out and cooking healthy and regularly, the two things that make me feel good about myself, but also tend to be pushed back first when times get busy. So if you ran three times a week, baked cookies every Sunday or worked on a scrapbook Monday evenings, keep doing that!
Actively meet new people
Personally, I find it really hard meeting and connecting with new people; I'm always a bit more introverted and concerned about the impression I make. However, moving to a new city does force you to actively go out and meet people, if this doesn't happen naturally in your work place, university or building (though also in these cases, one needs to put an effort into actually meeting these people around you). I knew there weren't going to be many interns at the museum, nor is my current housing a very sociable place. If it were up to me, I'd be good with curled up on my bed with a good book, but five months of solitary reclusiveness isn't going to make a person happy. A big help in this case was Facebook. I joined a group for girls and women of all ages who were new to Munich, either foreigners coming here to work, intern or study, but also Germans from cities all over the country, who had made the switch to Munich. One the one hand, it's a very accessible tool: post a message, people respond, and off you go! However, for some (me) it still might be scary, meeting up with a bunch of people you've never met before, other than an enthusiastic comment on a Facebook-page. However, you must realize: they are in the same situation as well. By no means do I support random meetups with people from the internet (always be safe and know what you're doing, where you're going and make sure it is in a public space), but so far it has worked out really well. The get-togethers have always been very casual, relaxed and without any further obligations - so if you didn't enjoy it, you're off the hook as well! I've met many nice people over drinks and dinner, making me feel a little less alone and a little more at home.
Plan some fun activities by yourself
Meeting new people is always good, but you should also be able to enjoy you're own company. Though many people might not enjoy going out by themselves, I love wandering through the city by myself, discovering new shops, cafes, parks or museums, and getting a feel for the city's structure. Being able to find your way in your new hometown will start making it actually feel yours.
Get comfort food!
A while back I read an article's title which said that comfort food doesn't exist (refused to read the article instantly). Let's just forget that, okay? You don't need to stuff yourself with every pack of candy that you find on your way or all the french fries your fryer can take. But cut yourself some slack and let yourself indulge a bit. We all have certain foods that make us just feel a bit more happy, right?
Watch as many movies and shows as you like
I still hear my parents shouting, 'don't watch too much TV!' But during those moments when you feel alone, and don't see any chance of getting out or calling home, movies and TV-shows can be the perfect company. Many have pulled me through some long and lonely nights, curled up in bed. Stick around for some of my favorites next week!
Give yourself some time
Maybe the most important one: give yourself some time to feel at home. All these new impressions, new faces, new places, they can be quite overwhelming. Maybe you wont get it all together within the first few days - lords knows I haven't. I've been beating myself up for not being in an optimal work-state or the social butterfly I'd like to be. But it takes some time. So be nice to yourself, give yourself some time to relax, to accommodate, and it will all be fine in the end!