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How to make friends in a new city

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. Most things just take time: your furniture will get delivered, and you’ll soon explore the city and figure out how to get around. The one concern that might take longer than most is making friends. But with these solutions, you’ll be making friends in no time.

How-to #1: Join a sports league.

Kill two birds with one stone by joining a social sports league. You can make new friends while staying active. 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!
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How-to #2: Go online.

It’s the classic millennial answer to everything, but using social media and other apps can help you find friends. For example, Meetup is a membership software in which people can create public events for others who share similar interests and passions, ranging from photography to coding. 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 these apps can come in handy when you want to start a hobby or meet like-minded people in a brand new city.

How-to #3: Go local.

Take advantage of the farmer’s markets, street fairs, and free concerts in your neighborhood park. They create a friendly environment for you to meet new people and get to know your community. 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.
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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. Use VolunteerMatch, which is available in most cities, to filter the specific causes you’re interested in and see all 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 community portal, 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 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 community portal. Consider it the friendliest way to live in a new city.
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