Five Tips for Making Friends When you Move to a New Area

3/1/2016
Making-Friends

Moving to a new area is exciting but stressful. You'll likely be busy searching for a new job and apartment, moving in, decorating…the list goes on. Having friends makes this time in your life more fun, but how can you find new people to connect with? Making friends as an adult is a little more difficult than when you were young. Don't fret, though. Here are five tips to help you find new friends.

1. Let Apps Guide You
Apps such as Meetup allow you to cut through much of the social anxiety that goes into meeting new people. Meetup focuses on meeting people in real life and enables you to create and join groups that pique your interest. Do you like Mario Kart? Coffee? Hiking? American Sign Language? There are plenty of people who enjoy your favorite activities, too. Other apps to look into include Foursquare and Nearify. If you have a dog, then the Meet My Dog app could be your best friend.


2. Sign Up for Sports
Many localities offer adult leagues for sports that include softball, basketball and disc golf. Signing up for a team is a great way to exercise and meet new people. If you are not especially athletic, don't worry. You can join a bowling league or similar activity; most passive sports emphasize socialization over competition.


3. Volunteer
Few things feel better than being a part of something greater, improving yourself, and meeting new folks. Volunteer opportunities are everywhere, and you can opt for a one-day experience or an ongoing commitment.


4. Register for a Class
Have you always been interested in an activity, or want to brush up your skills in a certain area? Now is the time to do it. Class offerings are incredibly diverse. Take pottery, karate, calculus, and more. Look into the offerings from the local parks and recreation department as well as local colleges.


5. Check out Alumni Networks
If you went to college, it's possible that your school has groups for alumni in your area. Do a Facebook or Google search to find them. These groups often schedule meetups, and the connections you make can also help you find job opportunities.


It's also important to remember what is right under your nose, so to speak. Hosting a party is especially effective, along with attending events at your apartment community or spending time in common areas such as a clubhouse or pool area. Chat up your neighbors, and get to know them. You may just meet your new best friend!