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How to Make Friends in A New City

Moving to a new city can be tough if you’re leaving behind a solid group of friends and connections. While there are so many exciting things to look forward to when you move, it can get lonely if you don’t have any friends to share your new memories with. Meeting new people and creating a sense of belonging can make your experience in your new city so much richer and fulfilling. Here are some tips to meet new people in your city:

Connect with Friends of Friends

One of the best ways to meet new people? Friendly referrals! After you move to a new city, consider asking people you already know if they have any friends in your new area. If they do, you already have something in common ahead of time to bond over and talk about. Reach out, make plans, go out to eat, go to happy hour, have new adventures, and get to know them better. Lots of people are open to new friends, the key is not be afraid to ask!

Use the Right Apps

When you know absolutely no one in your new city, it can take a lot of courage and planning to get started. Fortunately, many apps and sites like Meetup and Bumble BFF make the process of meeting like-minded people effortless. If you like yoga, reading, quilting, archery, or anything in-between, you can easily search your interests to scope out prospective friends. Before you know it, you will have a group of familiar faces that you can find a sense of community with.

Bond with Your Coworkers

You likely already see your coworkers on a daily basis and have something in common with them. Now it’s the perfect time to try and get to know them better. Explore opportunities at work like extracurricular activities, happy hours, and clubs. You can always ask some coworkers to lunch or to grab drinks after work to get to know them more.

Attend Local Events

A great way to meet people and have fun at the same time is to attend local events in the city. The city website will surely have a list of everything going on in your area for the month. Events like concerts, art festivals, farmers markets, parades, etc. are great for making new friends because they are communal and centered around fun. The best part is, most people attending live locally and it will be easy to set up future events with the people you meet.

Join a Local Gym or Sports League

The trick to making friends in a new city? Keep trying. Joining a local gym or sports league is a great way to stay in shape and be social at the same time. Seeing people on a regular or semi-regular basis is a great way to build rapport and get comfortable. Besides, it’s pretty easy to have your workout partner or classmate become your friend outside the class, it just takes an invitation.


Without a doubt, one of the best ways to connect with others while giving back is by volunteering. Check out your local non-profit and charitable organizations in your area for a rewarding and satisfying activity that connects you with others. There are many causes to connect with, for example, like animal shelters or homeless shelters.

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