Did you finally manage to tackle all those incredibly stressful, resource-consuming moving tasks and settle into your new home? Kudos! This requires some serious celebrating! You don’t have any friends to celebrate with? No problem. Here are some clever ways of making new friends when moving to a new city we guarantee will work wonders for you.
Visit The New City’s Reddit Page
There are plenty of subreddits for most major cities in the US you could join right now. Choose a good sub to join and simply introduce yourself there. Wait for others to say hi and engage in conversations. You would be surprised to see how friendly most folks can be on a place like Reddit.
Another similarly good idea is to join a local Facebook Group. Use the search bar located on top of the Facebook home page, select GROUPS and use the name of the new city you have just moved to for local results. There are over 500 million FB groups to join today, so you should have no problem coming across a few interesting people in the city who share your hobbies or interests.
Get In Touch With The Friends Of Your Current Friends
Still wondering how to make new friends when moving to a new city? Text or call the friends and co-workers you have left behind in your old hometown. Ask them to put you in touch with some of their own friends who might be living in your new city. This way, you will not only get some good and reliable references from people you trust, buy you will also have a good ice-breaker: the common friends you left behind.
Sign Up For Meetup and Nextdoor
These are just a few of the most popular socializing apps you could use to meet new people and make new friends in a new city. Meetup is a free app for Android and iOS users that will allow you to meet new people through social gatherings while getting to explore more of the new city and taking on fresh hobbies. If you would rather be a part of a group instead of having more personal one-on-one encounters with someone you’ve never met before, Meetup is the thing for you.
The app can find you a new tennis or jogging partner in no time. It can also put you in touch with other photographers who share your passion or introduce you to writers you can exchange ideas and thoughts with. There are twenty-four categories to look into, including music, beliefs, food, drink, or sports. All you need to do is download the app and let it work its magic in real-time. The app will use your current location to find relevant events based on the selected categories.
It is possible to RSVP those events you would like to join and even message the people who will be joining the same events. You could also join entire Meetup groups to never miss out any future events.
Nextdoor is an app that will help you connect with the local community at a faster pace while also keeping you up-to-date with the freshest events in the area. Nextdoor will connect you to a private social network comprised of all the community members who live near you. You could come across a new babysitter for the kids or your new fishing buddy. Just pick your favorite category, post your message, and wait for some quick answers.
There are plenty of other similarly popular and useful socializing apps that will help you make new friends in a new city. A simple search on Google could help you come across plenty of them. Test them for free and take your pick.
Throw A Housewarming Party
Invite all your neighbors to the party. They’ve probably already noticed the big moving trucks parked down the street and they expect an invitation. Plus, they will most likely bring a fresh casserole, cookies straight out of the oven, or a bottle of fine wine – just perfect to set a friendly mood for the party.
If you haven’t had the chance to unpack all your moving boxes and you do not feel prepared to throw a full-blown party, you could plan a more relaxed and less formal get-together in your new home. Send out invitations to the people who live next door and get a sense of what to expect living there.
Also, try to be as friendly, open, and courteous as you can to all the people living in your neighborhood. Who knows when someone might need your assistance or when you might need some help on your own, be it with moving heavy furniture as a post-moving task or hiring a plumber.
You could also volunteer, join a club that you are interested in, and focus on bonding with your new co-workers at the new job in the city. Be proactive, friendly, and brave and keep an open mind to new opportunities coming your way.