Let's say that Jacob is a student of a high school coming from a place 150 miles away. Because it's inefficient to commute between his school and his home, Jacob decided to rent an apartment near his school and lives there, thus Jacob is now living far away from his home.

Now suppose there is a neighbor working as a consultant, Sasha, who also lives far away from his hometown but she has been living there for 3 years. Seeing Jacob struggling because this is the first time he need to live by his own, Sasha as a fellow ________ is symphatetic to him and often gives him advices.

Is there a noun/ phrase/ short and concise words to fill in the gaps? Note that Sasha's hometown, Jacob's hometown, and the school all are in a same country.

A simple google translate gives me migrant and settled foreigners, but I feel like migrant have somewhat negative connotation, is more appropriate when it's used in political context and draws lot association with border immigration... Also I think settled foreigners is not best choice, from the school area residents point of view, they're not foreigners.

Another word that came out from my head is fugitive. Google, Merriam-webster, and other popular online dictionaries suggest it's used to imply someone is living far away in the context of fleeing/escaping because of fear/other reasons. However, Jacob and Sasha are not necessarily running away from their hometown.

An answer from this question suggests suitcase student, but Sasha is not a student. Also it's somewhat uncommon to see its usage.

I'm confused. Please help.

  • Consider stranger, (a resident alien). Jul 3, 2019 at 7:08
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    There may not be a brief word/phrase that describes what you want. out-of-towner may work, especially in the student sense. If the issue is specifically bc they are far from their family members - "as someone living far from home/family" may apply too.
    – katatahito
    Jul 3, 2019 at 7:12
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    @LucianSava Could you please elaborate why stranger works in that case? Jul 3, 2019 at 7:26
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    @katatahito "as someone living far from home/family" is a bit mouthy, but I will consider out-of-towner, thanks. I'm still looking for other options though. Jul 3, 2019 at 7:26
  • Because they aren't locals, natives of that place. Jul 3, 2019 at 7:43

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Here is an option with a slightly metaphorical sense:

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's dictionary:

transplant noun

2 [count] : a person who has moved to a new home especially in a different region or country

She's a Southern transplant who now lives in New York.

A location based adjective (Southern, British, Ohio, etc.) could be placed in front of transplant, or "transplant" could be followed by "from ~~".

  • To my ear this sounds like a deportee. Jul 3, 2019 at 7:46

Try expatriate (or, in UK English, just expat):


: a person who lives in a foreign country
// Hemingway himself in The Sun Also Rises, 1926, had given the picture of the dislocated life of young English and American expatriates in the bars of Paris, the "lost generation," as Gertrude Stein defined them.
— Robert Penn Warren

You are an expatriate of your native country.

In the example sentence:

Seeing Jacob struggling because this is the first time he need to live by his own, Sasha as a fellow expatriate is sympathetic to him and often gives him advice.

Note that although the definition of the word refers to a foreign country, it could still be used and understood if applied to a province, state, or even city instead. Essentially, it just means that you come from somewhere different.

For example, I grew up in Toronto but no longer live there; however, I do still live in Ontario. It would be understood if I referred to myself as a Toronto expatriate; if I moved to a different province but stayed in Canada, I would be an Ontario expatriate.

  • From the body of the question: Note that Sasha's hometown, Jacob's hometown, and the school all are in a same country. Jul 3, 2019 at 8:17
  • 150 miles doesn't necessarily mean another country, but this does give a sense of not being near the family home.
    – Smock
    Jul 3, 2019 at 9:45

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