Movies tend to glorify and create publicity for the locations they film in. Even a shot of the outside of a wall, restaurant or billboard would make us so excited to go in person and see it for ourselves.
NYC, LA, for example, is almost in every movie. It is so tempting to see this heart of entertainment and glamour and wish we could live there.
Here is my advice if you are a freshman moving to any city, though: Whether you are in college or relocating for a job, visit the place for a few days. If even the tiniest thing ticks you off, reconsider moving. I know some people who said I should give time to a place and get used to it. It gets better with time, and once I am a part of the culture, I wouldn't want to leave.
My question is, why to force yourself? People pack their bags and move right away for a job that pays well or because of the ranking of a school. The environment you're in plays an equal part and is just as important as a school or job is.
Imagine waking up every day to go to a job with an unhealthy environment. Eventually, you will quit or be in denial of the fact that this work environment is wearing you down both physically and emotionally.
A city, neighborhood or outside environment can have the same effect if you do not ask yourself, whether this place is for you. No matter how shiny a town might seem to be if you do not like it, leave!
Do not drag on the discomfort you might be receiving from the city no matter how small that discomfort may be.
Do not delay moving back or someplace else because you think you might get used to it once you find your place and the right people to be around. People who have an option to change their mind, still stay hoping they can get used to it and the initial phase will pass.
It might work for some people, but if there is a chance that in the process of trying to adjust, you might affect your health negatively, it is not worth it. Nothing is. So, before you decide to make a move to a new place, visit it. If you think you would not be able to tell in one short visit — you'll get the vibes instantly.