Interested in learning how to make friends in a new city? If you’re moving to a new city, you have to be willing to put yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit. Here are the 20 best ways to make friends in a new city when you move.
- Start Before You Get There
Why not get ahead of the game and start looking for friends before you even move? Searching for roommates in your new city is a great way to make friends and ensure that you have people to hang out with when you move. Plus, your rent will be cheaper!
- Meet Your Neighbors
Introduce yourself to your neighbors when you move in! You could even throw a housewarming party and invite the neighborhood. You never know when you may need a helping hand, so being on good terms with the people living around you is always a good idea.
- Mingle With Mutuals
Does your friend have a friend that lives in the area you’re moving to? Ask them to set you two up! One of the easiest ways to make new friends is by finding people that your friends are already friends with. If they like them, odds are that you will too!
- Join Groups for Your Interests
Are you an avid hiker, crafter, or photographer? Whatever your hobby is, you’re not alone! Joining a group specifically for things you’re interested in is a great way to make friends that like the same things that you do.
- Attend Community Events
Festivals, art shows, blood drives, there are tons of community events happening all around you! Find out when they are and add them to your calendar.
- Meet Your Coworkers
You see each other every day, but do you really know each other? Ask a coworker to come out to lunch with you!
- Download a Neighborhood App
Apps like Nextdoor keep you updated on what’s going on in the neighborhood while also allowing you to mingle with your neighbors! Introduce yourself as new to the neighborhood, you never know who you could meet.
- Find a Fun Groupon Activity
Kayaking tours, nature retreats, there are so many different fun activities on Groupon! With so many different solo activities to choose from, purchasing a Groupon for an event is an awesome way to get out and about while also meeting new people who share similar interests.
- Join a Gym
Getting in shape AND meeting new friends? You can’t beat that! Gyms have a variety of fun fitness classes that are a great time and will introduce you to a ton of new people. Grab your water bottle and let’s go!
- Sign Up for a Class
Have you always wanted to do a sip and paint class? Interested in learning how to make pottery but you’ve never had anyone to go with you? Sign up yourself! Going to classes alone is a great way to meet friends and bond over an activity that you enjoy in a low-pressure setting.
- Use An App Like Bumble
Everyone knows about dating apps, but did you know that there are now apps for making friends too? Similar to its dating version, Bumble offers a BFF platform that allows you to swipe on potential friend matches. It’s an easy and awesome way to meet people without leaving your house!
- Adopt A Dog
Adopting any animal is a huge financial and emotional responsibility, so make sure you’re ready for it before taking this advice. But if you’re looking to adopt a furry friend and have the means to do so, it can be a great way to make new human friends too! There are tons of local dog meet-ups and pack walks happening all around!
- Join A Meetup Group
Are you in your 20’s looking for other 20 somethings to hang out with? Maybe you’re a divorced mom and you’re only comfortable in the company of other moms in the same situation right now. Meetup groups are a great way to find a group of people similar to you that like going out and doing things!
- Accept Help
Did your neighbor offer to help you carry a box to your front door? You’re not the Hulk, swallow your pride and let them help! Always exercise caution and never let a stranger into your home but accepting help can be a great way to start a conversation with someone and make a great friend.
- Help Others
Whether it’s offering to help your coworker bake cookies or watering your neighbors’ plants, offering help is a great way to show others that you are there for them! Just don’t stretch yourself too thin!
On the same note, volunteering is a great way to make friends with some really great people. Local soup kitchens and charities are always looking for great volunteers. Find something that you’re passionate about and then go spend some time helping the cause! You’re guaranteed to meet someone there.
- Go Places Alone
Interested in trying that new bar? Go do it! Going places alone is a great way to gain confidence and make new friends. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be doing it. Just always be aware of your surroundings and always let a friend know where you are!
- Let People Know That You’re New!
People like to help, it’s in their nature. Letting others know that you’re new in town encourages them to tell you about all of the best spots, and maybe even offer to take you there themselves!
- Throw a Party
If you have a lot of acquaintances that you’d like to be your friends, throw a party! Inviting everyone to hang out, eat, and enjoy each other’s company is a great starter to an awesome friendship.
- Utilize the 3 Meeting Rule
The 3-meeting rule is infamous for solidifying friendships. The first three times you hang out with someone are so important, so make sure you schedule them back-to-back. If you don’t, it may seem like you’re ditching them. But if you do, both of your confidence in the friendship will be built and your relationship will be stronger for it!