Guest post time! Kate Robertson, a Lifestyle Blogger at her blog, A Thought and a Half, is offering some advice to people who are new to a city. So, if you’re the new guy/girl in town, don’t feel weird! Follow Kate’s advice:
So you’ve just moved to a brand new city. You’ve got a new job, a new place and a new life. It all sounds really awesome, except for one thing. You don’t know a soul in this new place.
Making friends as an adult isn’t always as convenient as it was in college. Instead of waking up and going to class every day, we’re waking up and going to our jobs. Instead of living in dorms, residence halls, Greek houses or other college housing arrangements, we’re living in apartment complexes where our neighbors are in and out as much as we are. Adulthood doesn’t give us as many “instant friendships” situations.
Have no fear, though! It’s not impossible to meet new friends as an adult. Here are 6 ways to meet people and make friends in a new city!
Join a Gym
Besides going a few times a week for a personal workout, exercise classes are great opportunities to meet people. You can bond over how sore you’re going to be after that workout. I’ve done that before.
Take a Class
Whether it’s cake decorating or martial arts or anything in between, taking a class is a great way to meet someone new. Learn a new skill and make a friend or two. Then, when there’s another exciting event related to that skill, class or interest in town, you can go together!
Find a Meetup
If there are at least two people in a town or city with a shared interest, there’s more than likely a meetup group for it. Don’t be ashamed of your quirky interests – find a meetup! Plus, it gives a reason to meet up at cool restaurants, bars and other fun venues you might not otherwise go to.
Check out Your College’s Alumni Association
This was one of the first things I looked up when I moved here. The first group I hung out with (aside from my coworkers) was my college’s alumni chapter. It was great having a group to watch football games with this year (and cry together when appropriate). And we can all reminisce about how much campus has changed and share stories about our time there, and we’ll all understand.
The added bonus for all of these is that, no matter what you try, you go in with an automatic common thread with the others. Instant conversation starter!
Not knowing anyone in a new city can be daunting at first. But if you know where to look and how to get involved, making friends is a whole adventure in itself.