If you have moved to a new city, you may start to realize just how difficult it is to make friends as an adult. When we were kids, it was easy to talk to our classmates or fellow members of a sports team. But if you want to have friends as an adult, it takes a lot more time and effort to socialize outside of work. Can somewhere truly feel like “home” if you don’t have friends to spend time with? Here are some tips to meeting people in a new city.
10. Check out Facebook Groups and Events
Love them or hate them, Facebook has become one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. And if you have an account, you can have access to seeing events and groups in your local area. By joining a Facebook Group, you can meet people with similar interests. This will also help you to find out about a lot of things you never knew existed. Browse Facebook Events for things going on in your local area.
9. Go to the Bar
One of the classic ways to meet someone to date is to hang out at a bar or night club. Sometimes, you can even bond with a new friend. This works especially well during quiz night, karaoke, or any other special event.
8. Sign up for a Class
It would be a good idea to make friends who like to do the same hobbies as you. Maybe consider signing up for a gourmet cooking class, or a foreign language study group. Even if you have never done something before, like sailing or rock climbing, go after the hobbies you have always been interested in. Everyone was new at one time. So you should be able to find people who will encourage you along the way.
7. Visit Local Shops
If you are craving some social interaction, you can always strike up a friendly conversation with a cashier. More often than not, these workers are bored if the store is not too busy, and wouldn’t mind having a chat to pass the time. And if it is a small local business, you may also be speaking with the owner. Try to choose shops that match your interests, like a book store or a hobby shop. These shops may have community events where you can come back to meet new people who like the same things as you.
6. Connect With Your Faith
If you are spiritually inclined, a great way to make friends is to join the local church, synagogue, or mosque. Most religious groups have social events where you can meet new people who share the same faith as you. Considering that faith is one of the most important values people have in their life, this should be a priority when you move to a new city.
5. Go to the Gym
Love to exercise? Then you just might want to sign up for a gym membership. Most gyms offer classes like yoga and pilates. This can be a great way to make new friends who also have the same goals of getting physically fit.
If you truly value being a good person, volunteering can be a great way to make new friends. These groups are usually charity committees, or they could get together for a common goal, like building houses for the homeless at Habitat For Humanity. If you are not sure where to volunteer, ask at the local library or community center.
3. Join Meetup.com or Other Online Groups
Meetup.com is a website that is designed to help you meet with groups of people who are interested in the same things. Keep in mind that most of these groups have already been established long before. So you may be the only new person showing up to the club. There are other options online, like Atlas Obscura’s Experience trips where you can meet people who are coming together face-to-face for the first time.
2. Go to a Dog Park With Your Pup
If you have a dog, you should search your local area for dog parks. Other dog lovers will bring their pets, and they are eager to socialize. This can be a great way to make new friends, especially if you see these same people in the park on a regular basis. You never know if this will escalate into a true friendship.
1. Join a Club or Committee
There are a lot of opportunities to join a club that matches your interest. If you love to play golf, you could go to a country club and sign up for a membership. And if you love history, you could sign up to volunteer for the local chapter of your Historical Society. Entrepreneurs and aspiring public figures could join a chapter of Toastmasters International Local libraries often have plenty of book clubs, too. If you are not sure where to start, visit a local library of community center for more information.
Shannon Quinn is the editor-in-chief of InspiringHome.org. She has written for multiple personal finance publications such as MoneyWise, Yahoo Finance, and The Penny Hoarder. She has also written for several YouTube channels; Biographics, Geographics, and TopTenz. You can find her full portfolio at ShannQuinn.com.