Hey guys! Haven't been on as much lately because life has gotten pretty busy, but I thought this may be the perfect place to do some research about moving to another state. I recently applied to vet schools and I'm waiting to hear back from them. If I get into vet school, I will be heading off to school this coming August. However, if I am not accepted to any of the schools I applied to, a good friend and I have been discussing the possibility of moving to another state. We have both fallen in love with Arizona and would love to move there for a little bit to get to know the state better. We currently live in New Jersey, so this would be a pretty significant move, but something I've wanted to do for a while. My friend and I have discussed living as room mates a few times, but it just hasn't been the right time for me to move out of my parents' house due to the fact that I wanted to continue my education. If I don't get into vet school, I will not be able to re-apply until next October for entry in August 2014, so that gives me an entire year. I should find out for sure if I've gotten in by around March. Anyway, we are just in the very preliminary part of our research and I wanted to hear from anyone who has made a move like this. I would also love to hear from anyone who lives in Arizona already, as I would love advice as to the best places to consider, and if moving that way is even do-able at all. I visited in the summer a few years ago and fell in love. My friend spent a good portion of the summer house-sitting there. I would rather not live in a city, but would be more than happy in a suburb outside of a city. Our rent budget would be about $700-$1000 a month. Also, we both have a bachelors and would be looking for work, so we definitely need to make sure there are job opportunities in the area we move to. My main questions for those who have moved would be when did you start looking for jobs in the area you moved to? Did you begin your search before the actual move and set up interviews for when you actually got there? Did you save enough before moving so that you could pay rent/bills while searching for a job? How much do you recommend saving before making a move like this? We are currently planning on living there for at least twelve months and we would plan on moving there in July or August to give ourselves plenty of time to save a nice amount of money. We are both very money-conscious and budget well. I've already been given some wonderful advice. I realize I need to be prepared to pay for rent in the event my friend has to leave for an un-forseen reason. I also think the hardest part for me will be the homesickness. I did go away to college, but I still visited home every six weeks or so. I'm fairly certain being away for a year will be a bit tougher, but I don't give up easily so I'm fairly certain I could do it. Homesickness for my friend is not as much of an issue. She's done a lot of travelling and spent over three months in Europe for school. I feel like now is the time to travel and have new experiences though. We don't have boyfriends, pets to worry about, or children. We also have the option to move back home if things don't work out after the year is up. I've been itching to get out of New Jersey for a long time now and the time between graduating college and starting vet school may be perfect. My parents are very supportive of the idea, as they would like to get out of the state as well. I would love any and all advice. It's a scary and exciting prospect, but it makes it easier to hear stories and advice from other people who have done the same.