How to Meet Friends in a New City

Moving to a new city is tough on the feels. You need to adapt to a new place, a new occupation, worst of all, you’ve probably left friends and family behind. However, it is what it is. You moved. Now it’s time to get used to it and meet new people, right?

But how do you do that?

It’s not easy to meet new people, especially for introverts. Even if you’re comfortable around others, striking up a friend-forming conversation can be difficult. However, there are ways to make it a bit easier.

How to Meet Friends in a New City:

Work – Your job (if you have one, and if it’s not remote) will introduce you to plenty of people. And even if you don’t like them, tagging along to happy hour will introduce you to their friends. And even if you don’t like them, there will be other people around who you can strike up conversation with without looking like a loner.

Neighbors – Your neighbors are all worth meeting, because who knows who’s behind those doors. Could be your new besty.

Online – Online dating site and group sites, like, are great ways to coordinate meeting real people in the real world.

Bars – Bars are the classic way to meet new people. Head out, grab a pint, let your inhibitions drain a bit, and strike up conversation with your bartender or the person on the stool next to you.

Passions – Pursue your passions and people will be there. Heck, even creative writing can lead you to writing groups and public readings.

Clubs – Joining a club will hook you up with some people who might become your new friends.

Be friendly. Be happy. Be optimistic. Be kind. Be talkative. Be open-minded. Be humble. And you’ll be fine.

Learn more about how to meet new people after moving.

About Devie Lin

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