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Moving to Denver, CO: Relocating Tips, Advice & Guide

Careful planning and attention to detail can help make your first experiences in beautiful Denver, Colorado positive ones.

From trying to find an apartment with affordable rent to finding your new favorite brunch place, the whole relocation can be pretty difficult for an outsider; but it doesn't have to be a headache. Ask yourself these questions and use these tips for moving to the Mile-High City and becoming comfortable in your new home.

Here are the top things to consider before moving to Denver, Colorado.

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How much should I expect to pay for an apartment/cost of living expenses?

The real estate market has been practically exploding in Denver. The city’s population ballooned a few years ago, and it’s still considered one of the fastest-growing cities in America. This is something to keep in mind as you’re trying to find an apartment listing: It can be hard to find a reasonable rent price. Many tenants here work with a rental agent, and many landlords work through a broker. The average rent price is about $1,256 for a one-bedroom apartment, but some areas can be much more than that.

The rent prices are the main concern, as other cost of living prices are relatively low. One person living alone in a one-bedroom apartment with no car would probably expect to pay around $1,800 to $2,000 per month for basic expenses.

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Will I need a car to get around?

Independent publishers, startups, and lots of small businesses have flocked to Denver, and the people running those companies didn’t want to drive. The population boom resulted in an improvement of the public transportation system. Today, it’s ranked as the best city for public transportation in the country.

The RTD of Denver stops at many convenient places across the city, and the bike culture is alive and well. It may be possible to live without a car, depending on where you end up moving in Denver. Advice a local might give you if you do have a car is to watch where you park; street-sweeping is a thing. Also, sometimes, cars struggle with the treacherous mountain climbs.

The option of not having a car is appealing also because the city has a fairly good biking system in place with great trails, though it does get pretty rough in the winter.

Where should I live?

That’s entirely up to you and what you’re looking for when you’re moving to Denver. Use our online neighborhood guide to figure out which area would fit you best. The Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle Museum District areas are the most expensive areas, but still great options for local professionals. See which area has the best schools if you’re looking for your family or which one has the trendiest vibe if you’re a young single person.

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Is there a trick to finding a good apartment?

As far as things to know before moving to Denver, Colorado, there are no tricks required; just patience. Because the area is suddenly booming very quickly, finding an apartment in Denver can be very, very difficult.

Owners often work with property managers to find tenants, who’ll source people using a very lengthy application process. Many choose to work with a rental broker, like those available through Jumpshell. In addition to property managers, you’ll also find many first-time landlords renting out their homes, who may or may not understand your rights.

The one “trick” may be to become familiar with your location’s prices and your tenant rights or work with a broker to cut through the red tape.

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What should I actually expect when I get there?

You’ll likely be welcomed to the city by a demonic blue horse, sometimes called “Blucifer,” when first moving to Denver, Colorado. Guide yourself away quickly and avert your gaze! In the first few days after relocating to Denver, Colorado, you’ll likely have altitude sickness, though there are some ways to avoid it. Once you’ve avoided demonic possession and sudden illness, you’ll likely find it surprisingly easy to become acclimated to this new city.

The one difference between Denver and other American cities is obviously the fact that marijuana is legal, but it honestly doesn’t affect locals as one might expect. There are some things to know before moving to Denver, Colorado, if you’re coming here for the weed, though. It’s not a free-for-all legally; there are still laws. For instance, you have to be 21 or older. You can’t drive after smoking or smoke in public. Also, there’s stoner etiquette that you should come to respect if you plan on smoking.

Denver, Colorado, is a city with great food, great local breweries (some of which are world-famous), great access to public parks and recreation, and a great, weird local culture. Once you get through the moving phase, you’ll likely have a lot of fun.

If you’re trying to figure out how to move to Denver efficiently, contact one of our experts online. Our services can help you find the best listing and move in quickly.

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