How to make friends in a new city
Moving to a new city can be a helluva challenging. There is a new locality to adjust to. You have to start memorizing the roads and where places of importance are situated. You have to learn the local ways of living, talking, bargaining. And most of all, you have to find a new group of people who you can call your friends.
Now, all of us can’t be Rachel Green and walk into a coffeehouse to find a group of 5 friends waiting for her. But, we can be proactive and consciously choose to put ourselves in situations and places where we can meet like-minded people.
So, are you planning to move to a new city any time soon? Confused about how are you going to adjust there? Stressed about being alone and having no support system? Or maybe you are already there and feeling the pangs of loneliness. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with the following tips on how to make friends when you move to a new city:
- Keep your eyes open at the office or college
These are the first places where you’ll meet a group of new people consistently and is probably the reason why you shifted to a new city.
So, put on a smile and interact positively with everyone who meets you. You’re bound to strike up a conversation with at least one person which goes beyond ‘hello, hi, where are you from? I’m from here, yes.’ They will be your introduction to the new city you’re living in.
- Join an activity group or a society
This is the next best step. Joining activity groups or communities of your interest are a great way to form connections that are more than professional and transactional. Gyms, dance classes, yoga centers, etc. are all wonderful starting places to connect with people and get out of your shell. Not to mention, you’ll be getting in shape 😉 If not your best friend, you might find someone who can help you transition into your new life during the beginning days.
- Join online groups
Whether on Facebook or Instagram, you can join an online group that is aligned with your interest. Be it music, writing, blockchain, politics, anime- there are tonnes of online forums where people from all over the world gather to discuss topics they are passionate about. You can check out Reddit which has both niche and broad communities. You’re likely to find your place there.
- Volunteer somewhere
Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people and build connections. This way you’ll get to build bonds with ambitious and good-hearted people who share your values.
- Join a book club
We usually say that books are our best friends. Additionally, though, books can also help you make new friends. Joining a book club is a great way to connect with people who share a similar set of interests. You can have interesting, intellectual discussions with them and have someone to discuss the min-blowing climax with.
Where to find them? You can try out a book-themed MyScoot gathering which will delight the book lover in you- with a twist. 😉
These are just some of the things you can do to make new friends. The most important thing for you is to be open-minded while following your instinct about how genuine someone seems. It might seem nerve-wracking but honestly, most people are just waiting to meaningfully connect with someone.
Moreover, you’re already brave for moving to a new city; it’s time to continue the streak. You got this!
I’m a sucker for coffee, music, and sunsets. Hate to get defined because definitions put restricts imagination and puts boundaries to personalities. Been abiding by the following quote since quite some time:
“For what good are wings, without the courage to Fly :)”