Moving to a new city can be a scary experience especially if you don’t know anyone. New faces, new experiences. It can be quite overwhelming. Consider the following ways to make friends in a new city.
How to Make Friends in a New City: Join An Organization
One of the easiest ways to make friends in a new city is to join an organization of your choice. Think about what makes you passionate. There are many organizations that have group meetings and congregate in order to discuss important issues. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Human Resources Organization, Breast Cancer Awareness, are just a few examples of organizations.
How to Make Friends in a New City: Become a Volunteer
Volunteering in a new city is a great way to make friends fast. Volunteermatch.org allows people to find places to and groups of people to volunteer with. Craigslist and your local city newspaper are other great methods of finding opportunities for volunteering. Try to volunteer for an organization that most interests you that way it is easier to find people who share your interests.
How to Make Friends in a New City: Take a Local Class
Most cities send out a local community guide to all their residents. The classes usually consist of short sessions and are relatively inexpensive. For example, I live in the city of Hayward, CA and about every three months I receive a community guide. Classes available vary from how to sell things on Ebay, to making cupcakes, and even dance classes are offered. Choose a class that is interesting. The best way to make friends in a new city is to take advantage of opportunities such as these. If you’re looking to take longer term classes enroll in your local community college.
How to Make Friends in a New City: Join a Gym
Joining a gym is a win win situation. Not only do you improve your overall health but it is very easy to make new friends at the gym. Pretty soon you’ll get to know the regulars and they’ll warm up to you. Taking exercise classes such as aerobics or Zumba is another way of having fun and feeling involved.
How to Make Friends in a New City: Walk Your Dog
If you have a dog get out there and make friends. I found a dog a few months ago and I had to take it for walks because I had no back yard. I was surprised at how many people wanted to talk to me because of the dog. Usually other dog walkers, but also mothers with their children and just people jogging by. Be friendly and smile!