- Maddy West
How to make friends in a new city
Moving to a new city can be daunting and intimidating even for the most confident people, so we decided to put together a guide that can help you to make new friends in a new city.
Making friends as an adult isn’t easy and in reality, can be challenging, but don’t worry, we have you covered! View this as an opportunity to experience new adventures, discover and learn new things about yourself and others and step outside your comfort zone.
Let's take a look at our tips and tricks to get you build new connections and endless opportunities you have to meet new people and form meaningful friendships.
Explore the community and go to social events
It's no secret that you would struggle to meet new people by staying indoors and not actively putting yourself out there. To meet new people we suggest that you get out into the city and get involved in things happening in the local community and social events, whether alone or with a colleague. Look online and ask around; there will be events for a range of things, local events are a great way to get to know the people living in your area. Platforms such as Eventbrite are great at helping you identify meet-ups, workshops and talks that could be of interest to you. Whether it is a social event in your local high street, a local business hosting an event or even volunteering, there will be so many opportunities for you to be a part of a community.
Utilise the internet and take advantage of apps
We believe that going out and meeting people face to face is the best way to form positive connections and make friends, but utilising the internet can be a great starting point. There are websites like Meetup that allow you to meet new people who share similar interests with you, they have plenty of active members and groups you might wish to join. They also host local events, giving people the opportunity to meet new people. Even Bumble, the dating platform, has developed Bumble BFF, a transformed dating app, now for building friendships. The good thing about platforms like this is everyone is looking for the same thing, to find new friends. Especially in a new city, this can be a great way to gain confidence and meet people if you are too scared to meet in person yet. Even social platforms are a great way to engage in conversation and get the ball rolling.
Consider finding a new hobby
One of the easiest ways to make new friends is by simply putting yourself out there and
going to popular places. Whether it's sports you enjoy or something a little more creative, joining a group is a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. By choosing to participate in a hobby you enjoy, you will be around people who all have mutual interests, a great way to start a conversation. Maybe you don't have any hobbies, try something new, get outside your comfort zone and give it ago. If still nothing appeals to you, even signing up to a local gym or yoga group could be a great place to begin meeting new faces whilst also staying fit and working on mindfulness. The more consistently you see the same people, the easier it will be to start a conversation and build the confidence to invite them out. We don't doubt that you'll start making friends in no time.
Be your authentic self
Creating meaningful friendships is not always the easiest thing; it requires you to get involved and seek opportunities to connect with people, which can be daunting at first. Find the courage in yourself to walk over and start up a conversation with somebody who shares similar interests with you, instigating conversation could help you to gain confidence. After a while, you could be inviting people to join you for a coffee without feeling intimidated. Be authentic and be true to yourself; if you are putting yourself out positively, then the friendships you form will be genuine and more likely to last.
Lastly, why not consider moving into a co-living space; you will be moving into a house share with several like-minded people while also exploring all co-living has to offer. Co-living is a living model that focuses on creating a genuine, vibrant community within shared accommodation; it is one of the easiest ways to make friends in a new city because you instantly become part of a family. Co-living companies also host events within their spaces that bring people from different house shares together and form a community. In big cities, it can be even more challenging to build friendships, but in co-living spaces, social connections are at the heart of what they do, not only will you share living spaces but experiences together. Co-living allows you to form deep, meaningful, high-quality, long-lasting connections amongst people who share similar values; it has something for everyone.
Read our "Is Co-living The Future Of Renting?" blog to find out more about the concept of Co-living.
Why not become a Milhub member
At Milhub, we welcome working professionals to live, work, collaborate and connect within our co-living spaces by providing resources and events to help with networking. We offer roommate matching to ensure you live amongst people with similar interests and values to make forming positive connections so much easier. You will have a group of like-minded people to venture on your co-living journey with and continuously have a support network to guide you. Social events and collaborations that bring people together are encouraged within these spaces; we believe connections begin at home and venture far beyond.
Adjusting to a new environment can be difficult but there is no better way to form connections in a new city, than with a group of people all in the same situation! Whether you are relocating for work or looking to meet new people, we attract spirited personalities; who are open-minded, curious and ready for new adventures.