10 Ideas for Making Friends in a New City

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If you have recently moved to a new city and are finding it difficult to make some friends, don’t worry because you are not alone. Cities can be intimidating places and it can be quite hard to meet new people. The good news is that there are so many people living in cities that you are sure to find some likeminded people as long as you make a little bit of effort. Here are 10 ways to get started as you begin to build your new social circle.

1. Attend a Lecture

If there is a university nearby then find out whether they hold any lectures in the afternoons or evenings that you can sign up to. This can be a great way to learn something new as well as meeting some people.

2. Join a New Group

There are groups set up for everything these days, and if you live in a city it is easy to find a new group to join. Whether it is a political group, religious group or just a social group where people meet up to talk and socialise, you should be able to find something that interests you.

3. Start a Hobby

If you don’t have a hobby then now could be a good time to try something new. There are countless hobbies that you can try out, from photography to boxing to fishing, so try to find out where you can get started and you will almost certainly meet some new people along the way.

4. Join a Sports League

Joining a sports league can be a great way to meet some new people as well as keeping active and staying healthy at the same time. If you live in London then check out Go Mammoth for a range of sports leagues across the capital, such as the netball leagues and the football leagues. If you live somewhere else then you should be able to find a league fairly easily, so start looking for options today.

5. Get Active on Twitter

Twitter can be a fantastic way to meet up with new people. Just start searching for Tweets about things that you are interested in and see where it leads you. If you support a football club then you may well find a group of supporters who arrange meet-ups to watch the games in a local pub, and you can tag along and meet some new people. Groups and events are often arranged on Twitter, so it’s just a matter of searching and seeing what you can find.

6. Meet the Neighbours

If you have never taken the time to get to know the neighbours, try to engineer a meeting. Go around and ask to borrow some sugar or say hello over the garden fence. You may find that they are very sociable and you could end up becoming friends.

7. Join the Gym

The gym is always a good place to meet new people, with the added benefit that you get to keep fit at the same time. Be brave and start up conversations with people, and as you become a regular face you will find that you can make a lot of contacts in your local gym.

8. Become a Volunteer

Volunteering in any capacity can be a great way to meet new people. Join your local church group, help to serve food at a soup kitchen or even volunteer to work a few hours in an animal shelter. Whatever you do, you are certain to meet some new people along the way.

9. Make Friends at Work

If you are working in the city then try to start up conversations with people at your company who you may not have made the effort to speak to before. Most people spend the majority of their day at work, so this could be a great place to start your search for more friends.

10. Become a Familiar Face

One of the best ways to meet new people is to simply become a familiar face in an establishment such as your local pub or café. As you begin to visit on a regular basis you are certain to end up meeting new people, and some of these will inevitably turn into new friends.

Make Friends in the City

As you can see, there are many possible ways to make friends in a new city, and the above ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. If you make the effort to get out and meet new people then you will soon find that your social circle starts to grow as you make contact with more and more people. In no time at all you will have some good friends to go out and socialise with whenever you want.

This is a guest post.   Amy Sawyer is a freelance writer from the UK.

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