Congratulations! You finally made it to your new digs.
Whether you moved here for work, to get away from your hometown or to get a fresh take on life, you couldn’t be happier to be all settled into your new city.
You’re unpacked and you’re ready to take on the town. The only problem?
You don’t have any friends yet.
Easy ways to meet new people in your city
At the beginning of your new adventure, you might feel alright living life on your own. After the stresses of moving, some peace and quiet are likely appreciated. However, loneliness will eventually creep in and you’ll have urges to go out and meet people.
That’s easier said than done a lot of times. There are always the classic ideas like going to the bars or coffee shops and eventually striking up a conversation with strangers, but we know reality is a bit different than that.
Follow along for some tips on how you can make friendships in your new city.
1. Start with your existing circle
You no doubt had an existing circle of friends in your previous city that now misses you dearly. A great place to start at making friends in your new locale is by meeting people who fall into the “friend of a friend” category.
Ask your friends back home if they have anyone that they know who lives in your new city. Chances are there are at least a few mutual connections. Your old buddies will probably be more than happy to set you up.
On the same note, if you have a job in your new city, your coworkers can act as a built-in social circle. Start there!
2. Find a club or a league
Most larger cities have clubs and activity leagues for just about any interest. If you like to run, look into joining a running club. If you’re a basketball player, look for city-hosted basketball leagues.
This is also a great opportunity for you to explore new interests. What better time to join a club around something that has always peaked your interest than in a city where you know no one.
3. Become a helping hand
If you’re a person who enjoys giving back to your community, then you have a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people through volunteer work.
Many cities have all different types of volunteer opportunities available and finding them is usually quick and easy. Volunteering helps make a difference in the communities we care most about, and it’s a good way to meet people who share a common interest with you.
Everyone has to make friends as an adult
You might feel uneasy about deliberately trying to make a connection like this as an adult. Some of us have been conditioned to believe that making friends is something reserved exclusively for the grade-school playground and not something adults need to do.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone who has ever relocated to a new city has had to make friends as an adult and, as such, everyone you encounter will have some level of sympathy for your situation. You should never feel ashamed about purposefully trying to make friends, and you should never feel self-conscious about it either.
Friendships are an important part of a healthy life. Friends are there for you through every situation you encounter. To avoid going through life alone, step out on a limb and take your shot at meeting new people – it’s worth it.