Moving from Vancouver to San Jose

an aerial shot of beachfront properties and the ocean in San Jose

Making a move to another country can be an intimidating prospect. Whether you’re moving for work or personal reasons, making a cross-border move is an opportunity for a fresh start. If you’re planning on moving from Vancouver to San Jose, your fresh start awaits you with a few similarities and a healthy dose of new experiences to make San Jose feel like home in no time at all. Keep reading to learn more about life in San Jose.  

Before you go, you’ll want to ensure you have all of the proper documentation filled out and ready to present at the border to ensure your move is smooth. You can also help prepare for your move by reviewing our guide to moving from Canada to the USA.


Why Move to San Jose?

In some ways, San Jose is a lot like Vancouver, which might make the transition between the two cities a little easier for you. Here are some things Vancouverites love that can also be found in San Jose to help combat any feelings of homesickness that might creep up.

  • So many sports teams. If you find yourself missing the White Caps and the Canucks, you’ll still be able to see them when they come through town to play the Earthquakes and the Sharks. Granted, you might want to consider cheering for the San Jose team. 
  • Warm weather. If you’ve grown used to the Vancouver climate but are perhaps a little tired of all the rain, you’ll love the warmth and relative dryness San Jose can offer in comparison. In fact, the average rainfall per year in San Jose is only about 17 inches. 
  • A tech hub. San Jose is the unofficial capital of the Silicon Valley and home to many major tech companies including eBay, PayPal, and soon Google. If you’re considering a career in tech, San Jose has a lot of great options for you.
  • Gorgeous green space. Just in case you’ll miss Stanley Park, San Jose has a multitude of parks, flower gardens, and even a section of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. There are over 15,950 acres of green space to discover in San Jose. 


Best Areas to Live in San Jose

The toughest part about moving to any new city is figuring out where to live. Luckily, we’ve got that covered with a few suggestions for some great San Jose neighbourhoods here.

  • Willow Glen is conveniently located just south of downtown and has a small-town feel in an urban setting. It’s known for its local boutiques and trendy eateries as well as tree-lined streets and older-style homes. 
  • West San Jose is a perfect blend of sprawling residential and city life, complete with high-end shopping malls and five-star restaurants. It’s only 15 minutes from downtown and boasts many walking paths and parks for those looking for a more active lifestyle.
  • The suburb of Los Gatos in the southwest corner of San Jose is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is close enough for a day trip to San Francisco and home to many parks and green spaces for all your outdoor activities.
  • The Evergreen suburb offers an affordable view of the foothills in San Jose. This neighbourhood is very residential and almost a small town apart from the rest of the city. It also offers Groesbeck Hill Park for basketball courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, and hiking trails.


What Locals Love About Living in San Jose

There’s a lot to love about living in San Jose. From multiple sports teams to follow and plenty of green space to enjoy. As a new resident, you’ll have plenty of places to visit and things to do when you are first settling in. Once you are feeling like a seasoned resident of San Jose, here are some things you’ll really appreciate about the city.

  • San Jose has a unique mix of cultures spread throughout the city and, as a result, great opportunities for cultural fusions in the form of festivals and cuisines. Whether you’re spending an afternoon in Little Saigon or roaming through the Mexican shopping district, you’re sure to enjoy the experience.
  • The history of San Jose offers residents a chance to learn more about their city through places like the Japanese American Museum and History Park. There’s also the Winchester Mystery House for an education in late 19th to early 20th-century architecture in San Jose or just a quick lesson in ghost stories.
  • The thing locals love the most about San Jose, however, is its livability. The downtown is walkable, public transit is improving, and the local governments have protected the green space from urban sprawl. The community in San Jose is very involved with festivals and events. It is simply a great city to call home.


Your Best Move to San Jose Begins with Trans Canada Movers

Preparing for your move to San Jose from Vancouver should be exciting, not stressful. At Trans Canada Movers, we will take care of all the moving logistics so you have one less thing to worry about. We’ll help you get all your paperwork in order as well as ensure your belongings are carefully packed to make the move across the border safely and securely. Once your boxes are packed and ready to go, your job is simply to focus on getting excited about your new city.

Contact Trans Canada Movers to get started with your move. For budget inquiries, check out our Moving Calculator or request a custom quote from us today! 

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