How to Make Friends When You’re New to the Area

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. You need to move all of your stuff and get settled into your new home. You need to learn your way around your new city. And then you need to make new friends.

making new friendsWhen you were in school, the challenge of making new friends was reasonably easy. You were surrounded by people in a similar situation to yours. As you get older, it may seem to be more difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to make some new friends.

Visit Places Close to Home

Now is the time for you to become a “regular.” Find yourself a favorite coffee shop close to your new apartment. Start grocery shopping at one of the local stores. Bring your dry cleaning to the nearest dry cleaner. You will eventually become known by the local clerks, and you may be surprised by the number of people you meet by frequenting local establishments.

Smile

Yes, it may be as simple as smiling at someone in order to start a conversation. Smile at your new neighbors. Smile at people you pass on the street. Part of making new friends is showing that you are open to meeting new people.

Join the Gym

If you love group exercise, then joining a gym or fitness center could be the answer. What better way to meet people who have similar interests in maintaining a healthy lifestyle than to head to the gym.

Co-Workers Can Be Friends

If a new job brought you to your new location, then be sure to get to know your co-workers. You may find that you work with people who like some of your same hobbies or are interested in similar things as you. They’ll also be a great resource for where you can go to meet new people and check out interesting places.

Try a Meetup

Meetup is a website that allows you to find groups that are “meeting up” to do various activities – everything from running a marathon to drinking wine at the local bar. You can join groups to try something new or find groups doing what you love.

Take a Class

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? How about taking a class? Whether it’s a continuing education course, a cooking class or a knitting class, learning something new can be an excellent way to meet new people.

Head to Local Events

Be sure to check out local festivals and events. Festivals and events are often frequented by local folks who are supporting these local activities. (These are great places to smile!)

Volunteer

How about meeting new people and doing good for your community? Then you need to volunteer. Most communities are in desperate need of volunteers. Check out your local food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless shelter or animal shelter for opportunities.

Invite Some Neighbors Over

A simple way to make new friends is to knock on your neighbors’ doors and invite them over. Host a Sunday morning coffee or a Friday night happy hour and get to know the people around you. You may find that you have a pretty social group of neighbors.

Try an App

There are several apps you can download to try and connect with people in your area. Nextdoor, Bumble, Peanut, and Skout are just a few of the many apps out there. Find one you like and give it a try!

Meeting new people can be a daunting task, but when you try some of these suggestions you just may find it’s easier than you think.

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