Making new friends as an adult can seem impossible, especially when you’ve just moved to a new city where you don’t know anyone. However, it’s important to develop new friendships so that you’ll have people to talk to, hang out with, and share life’s little moments. Making friends in a new town doesn’t have to be difficult – it just takes a little effort, and maybe stepping out of your comfort zone now and then. Of course, there are always the go-to places to meet people such as work, bars, and networking groups. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some ways to make new friends you may not have considered.
Pay attention to coffee shop flyers
All those flyers and business cards in coffee shops have valuable information on them, so take the time to check them out. You may find some great info about local groups. You won’t make new friends doing the same old things, so don’t be afraid to branch out a little and try something new. You might discover a local gardening club, book club, knitting group, or something else you enjoy or would like to learn.
Visit local shops
There’s no arguing that online shopping is convenient and easy, but when you’re trying to meet people in a new town, it can be helpful to get out and shop the local stores at first. Not only can you find some cool things for your new home, but you can also get a better feel for your neighborhood and maybe even meet a few folks. Look for stores that relate to your hobbies so that you’ll have something to start a conversation. For example, visit a sporting goods store and ask about running groups in the area, or ask the owner of the local bookstore and book clubs that meet nearby.
Turn your workout social
Exercise is essential, but don’t just squeeze it into your schedule to get it out of the way – make it a social activity. Lots of people connect over exercise and form lasting friendships doing their preferred activity together on a regular basis. Many cities have workout groups designed around a specific interest, so you should be able to find a group that meets to walk, run, play tennis, or any other pursuit you enjoy. You can also join a local gym and take the classes they offer – you’ll quickly pinpoint the regulars and be able to strike up a conversation before or after class.
Ask for “recommendations”
Many of our friends tend to be people we met through mutual friends and acquaintances. Moving to a new town can disrupt this process – but it doesn’t have to. Even if you’re relocating far away, the chances are good that you know someone who knows someone in your new location. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues if they know anyone in your new city to whom they could introduce you. Having a mutual friend or acquaintance makes it much easier to break the ice and get connected.
The key to making new friends is to get out, try new things, and make an effort. New friendships don’t just magically happen, but with a little planning, you can easily meet new people and form new relationships – an important part of feeling at home in your new community.