To begin with, one of the main things to remember about moving to Pottsville is that it's Pottsville, not Pottstown - this is a point of contention with many residents, as Pottstown is a completely different town a few miles south.
You won't really need much in the way of lead time if you're planning to move to Pottsville. The town leans towards owners in terms of who occupies what, but there are plenty of apartments for rent there, and vacancy rates have been consistently high for decades, so there will be no shortage of houses, studio apartments or 1 bedroom apartments in Pottsville to take a look at. You'll need a security deposit, but the average rent for the town is fairly low, so a three month security deposit here might not be much more than one month of rent elsewhere.
There are some things to be aware of when checking out rental homes in Pottsville. To start with, the majority of the units were built prior to World War II, so you may find yourself having to look hard for modern amenities. Secondly, don't expect to find many furnished apartments in Pottsville, and if that's a must, you could be spending months trying to find a place. Finally, the weather can get pretty frigid, so take a good hard look at the windows and doors, unless you want some nasty utility bills come winter. If you can find an apartment with all utilities paid, snap it up - a hard winter in the hills of the Schuylkill Valley can be hard on the wallet.
Having grown over the years, Pottsville has annexed a number of nearby villages, adding on to its already-existent list of unique neighborhoods. Some of these annexations remain their own unique neighborhoods, others have been absorbed into existing neighborhoods. Here are some of the major hoods to check out when you consider Pottsville:
Center City: If you want a neighborhood where you can walk or bike to pretty much anything you might need, the Center City neighborhood of Pottsville is surprisingly convenient. You can find one bedroom apartments or other apartments for rent at buildings such as 512 Centre Street or Market Square Apartments, and it's within walking distance of shops and some of the best dining options in town. The Greystone Restaurant offers some of the best dining in town, while Kong Kong Buffet offers international flavor. Check out the Maroons Sports Bar and Grill, named after the professional football team that called the town home in the 1920s.
Yorkville: It used to be its own borough, but in 1908, Pottsville annexed it as Pottsville's seventh ward. This neighborhood includes the high school, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Recreation Complex, and plenty of large, older single-family homes. It also has Gramma's Restaurant, a Pottsville tradition for good, cheap food.
Lawton's Hill: Just east of Center City, Lawton's Hill is almost purely residential, and is one of the more modern neighborhoods. You won't find apartment buildings or apartment complexes here - for being so close to the center of the city, it is surprisingly made up of mostly single-family units and some row homes. On the easternmost part of the neighborhood, you'll find the Hospital of Pottsville.
Jalappa: North of Lawton's Hill and northeast of Center City, Jalappa is mixed use, and made up mostly of older townhouses. There is an apartment complex in the southern part of the neighborhood, which is also convenient to the Barefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. Jalappa Heights in the northeast corner of the neighborhood offers some scenic views.
Rev Your Engine
Shine up your chrome and buff your paint job, because Pottsville loves classic and antique cars. Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles has a thorough display of cars and period relics from the 20th century, and is the main sponsor of the yearly Great Pottsville Cruise that features old cars, cruising, and fireworks. During the summer, impromptu cruise nights spring up at local parking lots, like the Dairy Queen, were car buffs get together and talk shop.
If there's one thing that Pottsville residents truly love, it's the great outdoors. The region around the town is renowned for great hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. You've got three state parks and two state game lands within 30 minutes of town, so you'll be spoiled for choice.
Of course, no discussion of Pottsville would be complete without mentioning the Yuengling Brewery. This old-school company continues to produce one of the most beloved beers in the state, the ubiquitous Yuengling Traditional Lager. Don't bother trying to learn how to pronounce the name, just go to any bar nearby and say "I'll have a lager" -- to a Pennsylvanian, there is no other lager around.
Pottsville has a sensitive, artistic side as well. You won't find a major art community, but there is enough to keep folks entertained, particularly in the performing arts. The Sovereign Majestic Theater, a century-old building, is home to musical events, plays, and movie showings, and is open for rent to all comers. The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts is based in the Art and Ethnic Center, in the historic Yuengling Mansion that is on the National Register of Historic Places. They conduct events and performances for all ages throughout the year.