How to make new friends in a new city
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. Most things just take some time, such as getting your furniture delivered, decorating your new place, setting up the utilities, possibly looking for a new job, and so on. Before you know it, you will be out exploring your new city and learning how to get around. The one adjustment that might take longer than others is a lack of a social life. But don’t panic! Follow these steps and you’ll be making new connections and will have a new social circle in no time.
How-to #1: Join a sports league.
Kill two birds with one stone by joining a social sports league. You can keep active while meeting friends with a similar interest. ZogSports, the largest adult co-ed sports community across 7 major U.S. cities (including New York, DC, and San Francisco), is one of the most popular and easiest ways to meet dozens of people every week. Whether it’s at your bocce ball game or at the post-game happy hours, you’ll make connections and memories to kickstart your new life in the city. Seattle’s Underdog Sports Leagues and Chicago Sport and Social Club are similar operations where you can meet new friends and play recreational sports!
How-to #2: Go online.
It’s the classic millennial answer to everything, but using social media like Facebook and Twitter and other apps can help you find friends, especially if you are more of an introvert. For example, Meetup is a website for meeting people with similar interests and passions such as photography, coding, fitness, yoga, and biking, or consider joining a book club or an art class. Can’t find a group you’re interested in? Create your own Meetup group! Another option is Bumble BFF. Yes, Bumble, the dating app, has a feature solely for platonic relationships. You set up a profile the same way you would on Bumble and start swiping. When the swipe is mutual, you have 24 hours to message each other and potentially become BFFs. It may feel awkward at first, but once you get past the small talk, you could possibly find a new good friend! Apps like these can come in handy when looking for new friends with a mutual interest in a new city.
How-to #3: Go local.
Take advantage of your new neighborhood! Local spots such as a farmer’s market, dog park, concert, street fair, or any community event is great for meeting interesting locals. They create a friendly environment where you can get to know like-minded people around you. If your neighborhood doesn’t host many of these events, then head to your local coffee shop or grocery and introduce yourself to the barista or the person in front of you in the checkout line. You’ll be surprised by the people you meet and the conversations you have, even better if they are nearby as you can potentially meet a neighbor or someone within close proximity. Coffee shops, food markets, bars, and gyms are particularly good meetup spots since you will typically see the same people on an ongoing basis.
How-to #4: Volunteer in your free time.
Find a cause that you’re passionate about and give back. Once you have a stake in your new community, you’re going to feel more comfortable and at home faster. On top of that, you’ll be able to meet people who share similar values and do something meaningful together on a weekly or monthly basis. Some examples of good volunteer opportunities include park cleanups, visiting senior homes, supporting animal shelters, helping out in food pantries and kitchens, and organizing fundraisers. Use VolunteerMatch, which is available in most cities, to find a specific volunteer opportunity you’re interested in and to see all the available listings.
How-to #5: Move into Common.
Meet more people starting day one by moving into Common. As a member, you have access to the entire Common community on the Connect by Common app, whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or anywhere in between. Not only does the portal provide a whole directory of members across the country, but you can also RSVP to diverse and exciting events happening in your city. Some social event examples include meditation sessions, comedy shows, and wine tastings.
If nothing suits your taste, you can organize your own get together or game night, invite other Common members, and get funding for all the party snacks and essentials by us. All taken care of via the Connect by Common app. Consider it the friendliest way to live in a new city. Sign up for a tour today.