For housing during the transition: my company offered me a rental apt for 2 months + paid for a real estate agent for searching an apartment. Having used one, I now would have preferred cash over the latter. Holiday allowance: in general I'm not sure, getting none at where I work. For the apartment we found, since I didn't have a credit history, our rental company accepted a statement from my company that I worked there in combination with a 2 month rent upfront. In most cases you pay 1 at the very least anyway, so that wasn't too bad.In general, do read up a little on how to get a good credit score as quickly as possible that does help with a lot of things. I'd offer tips, but this stuff is pretty easily to find on the internet anyway.Working hours are shorter in my experience (didn't work in london but did work in Amsterdam). That's mainly b/c I'm trading and when you're in London there is always a market that's open, whereas here in NYC, when the market closes, there really is noth much going on anymore. However, for client facing roles or investment banking, things will probably be different.From one of your comments it looks like you're office is in midtown. Personally I wouldn't want to live there; it's not a residential area (which means relatively little nice entertainment around) and way too many tourists. I guess if you move towards hell's kitchen (midtown west) then things do get better, but there isn't too much public transportation there and I personnaly don't like the area that much. Upper east & west side are nice and quiet (of the two, the UES is quieter and has less entertainment) and close to the park; compared to downtown you won't find a lot of entertainment though. The nice downtown areas are very expensive though. The not so nice downtown areas have bad public transportation, but are still good in terms of available entertainment. People commuting do so, either from places like Rye or Greenwich (suburbia), NJ (depending on where that could still be city life or suburbia as well) or from Brooklyn (which used to be hip but has gentrified a lot already). I currently live in the UES, if I'd be moving elsewhere, I'd probably go to Rye or something like that.
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