I liked Lifehacker’s guide to Stress-Free Guide to Settling Down in a New City. The main points are…
Get the lay of the land by using the internet and asking real people.
Get out and make friends by seeking out your hobbies, meeting friends of friends and taking the initiative.
All seem sensible and to be honest I’ve done all these and more when moving from Bristol to London and London to Manchester. I didn’t have a guide, I just did it without thinking. I also find a lot of the points useful when going on holiday, but then again when I tend to go on holiday its more like an extended city break.
Anyway its a good read and if I was to move again, I certainly would have a look at it.