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How to Make Friends in a New Place


Being a military family we are accustomed to moving, and that usually means leaving the friends you've come to know and love to go to a strange place and start all over again. My kids have gotten used to it but as an adult it is a lot more difficult. I'm not a fan of change and moving to a new place is hard. There are a variety of complications that arise with doing so, as you’ve got to figure out your housing, your job, and where on earth is even good to grab a drink after a long day at work. However, if you are moving to an entirely new area where you don’t know anyone, then the absolute most stressful part of this whole ordeal is simply being able to make new friends. We’ve always taken for granted how easy it is to make friends when you are younger. In school, there is a naturally built in social network to pull from and find people we enjoy being around. However, it’s much harder to find this as an adult. Although you can befriend your co workers, there will always be a slight barrier with someone you work with, as you need to maintain at least a semi-professional look in their eyes. Here are some tips on how you can still make friends in a new place...


Go to events

After you’ve settled into your new place and have at least introduced yourself to your neighbors, one of the first things you should do is check out any local events that are happening soon. Events are a natural place to get to know people, as they are usually set up to inspire interaction between people, and are designed to have a good time at. Indeed, if you are at an apartment, the property managers may have even set up an event for tenants to get to know one another. Another place to check out events would be to go to city hall and see if there are any fairs, parades, or conventions that are coming to town. Finding an event that you are interested in is important, as well, as it will provide a great place to meet people with similar interests.


Find clubs and groups

Another great way to meet people with similar interests is to go somewhere that only someone with your same interests would be. The prime example of this is a club or a collective around town. If you enjoy reading books, there are numerous book clubs to share your experiences in (including ones that focus on different genres). If you really enjoy playing sports, there is usually a rec league going on at the local rec center. Or even if you just like to dress up and nerd out about your favorite comic book character, there are groups that advertise online to suit you. The world is full of these different clubs and groups, and if you can’t happen to find one that is based on something you are interested in, then you need to accept that you are a boring person and will probably die alone.


Take a class

We talked a bit about how school was a natural place to make friends, as there was a huge collection of people that had to be there. Well, you can still make this dynamic work for you, even after your high school days are behind you. Signing up for a class at a local community college is a great way to sharpen your mind and meet other people who are striving to do so, as well. If you don’t have a local college nearby, you can usually find out about special classes at your local library. Usually, people in educational environments are a lot more open to meeting new people, and are probably just as desperate to make friends and meet people as you are. So pick up a pencil and an apple and register today!


Play the “new” card

Wherever you find yourself, whether it be a group, a class, a coffee shop, a bar, or even a concert, always make sure that you let people know that you are new to the area. Playing the new card is a great way to test out the waters of a social situation, as people are always going to be a lot more forgiving to someone who is new to an environment.

Let's discuss: What other ways do you make new friends? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I moved from one state to another once, for a period of two years. I didn't enjoy the process of finding new friends at all. It can be hard for some so these suggestions could be really helpful to them.

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    1. Oh I hate moving. I find it difficult to make friends myself so they come in handy for myself too.

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  2. I have never really been new to an area except for when I went away for college. I'm sure it's difficult leaving old friends and having to make new ones constantly. I do find volunteering, going back to college, and just hanging out at local hot spots like the boardwalk have helped me meet many new faces. Great ideas in this post that I'm sure will help many.

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    1. It really is difficult moving away. We've moved quite a few times and going to the park with my daughter has helped me. I get to meet new parents there.

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  3. It's strange because making friends as an adult IS hard. I made tons at my old job but then moved to California. I always knew it was temporary there so I never really made friends. Not the way I did when I moved here and felt more "at home." Plus having kids was the best way. And joining groups.

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    1. Having kids sure does help doesn't it. We meet all these new parents that are like us. Having Madison sure has helped me.

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  4. I personally find making new friends really hard, I'm quite shy and because of it can seem aloof which isn't a good thing :/

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    1. You're just like me. I can make friends so much easier online lol

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  5. These are great tips! I know I have always struggled with making new friends in any situation.

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    1. I'm not comfortable in crowds but if it's a small gathering I can ease in and mingle a lot easier for some reason.

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  6. I've always lived in one place and can only imagine how difficult it must be to move to a new place and make friends. These are great suggestions to help! One blessing of moving around is making many friends across the nation and around the world! :)

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    1. Well that is true, there are some benefits of moving but then you have to start all over once again with the friend making process once you do move.

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  7. These are great tips, it can be so hard to meet new people in a new place, especially if you suffer from social anxiety but loving your ideas!

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    1. Thank you Brandy, you are so right, it can be hard, especially if you suffer with social anxiety which I do, it's why I personally prefer to make friends online. :)

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  8. These are all great tips for making new friends in a new place. I do love the idea of taking a class because you than will have something in common for sure. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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    1. You're very welcome. When you have things in common, your friendship will blossom so much more.

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  9. I think going for events and trying new clubs - something that has to do with your hobby really helps. I made lots of friends that way.

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    1. That is a great way to make friends. Having a hobby in common surely helps.

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  10. We're moving into a new house and so excited to get to know our neighbors! I think its very important to make friends

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    1. I really is important and congrats on getting a new home. I hope your neighbors are awesome!

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  11. Growing up, moving was my biggest fear. I was terrified to go someplace that I didn't know anyone. When it finally did happen, I learned to make friends and felt so much better.

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    1. I personally hate moving because of having to make friends all over again. I'm hoping this is my final move for some time to come.

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  12. Awesome tips! Making new friends is always a good thing! It may be hard at times but once you already gained those new friends, you always think it's worth it.

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    1. Oh it truly can be difficult but you're right, once you've made those friends, it is worth it.

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