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July 30, 2008 4:20 PM Subscribe
Cost of living website for international cities, plus side question of "How do I find a place there? Is there a website for future expatriates to help with the transitions?
posted by damnjezebel to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
MrFutureDamnJezebel is getting transferred within the next 4-6 months to one of several cities. New York. Houston. Paris Milan. London. Some other place that I'll have to ask him about. As far as I know of, he should get a choice on where to move to, with his salary to be adjusted for that city. We'll live in corporate housing for the first few months but after that, we'll like OWN/RENT property wherever we go. Me being a native Dallasite and never actually living outside of the metroplex, I have no clue as to how the cost of living is elsewhere. I can guess with Houston. But New York? Milan? Come on. I can't figure that crap out.
1) Is there a website that can show you a cost of living comparison between where I live (place A) and where I think we're moving to (place b)? Must be international, obviously. Or if there's a strictly European site, and a strictly US site, I can work with that.
2) I need either a website or a guru to help answer the following questions and more ignorant ones:
How does one prepare for a move to __(place outside of US)__?
How do I find a place to live?
Do they have supermarkets and walmarts and tanning salons and high speed internet and malls etc etc etc?
Will my favorite websites like TigerDirect and Barnes and Noble and etc deliver there?
What do I do about my (obviously English) book addiction??
Do they have Honey Nut Cheerios and 1% milk?
Will I get ripped off because I'm an "ignorant" american?
What do I do about the car I just bought?
What about my cat and my dogs - will they be quarantined forever before they can come?
What about my furniture, will it just be cheaper to sell everything and buy new stuff there?
Isn't it really expensive to live in these places?
Can I still play WoW on my US server without switching to a UK one??
Sorry for the conglomerate of questions. Just very anxious. I don't deal with lack of details very well. So if this comes off as ignorant, it's probably because I kinda am in this realm.