Moving to a new city is like starting fresh with a new life. It can also feel as if you are back to square one socially. Learn to make a new set of friends in a new town by keeping a few things in mind.
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Hang out in places that interest you. Besides meeting people in the obvious setting, such as at your place of employment, join different clubs or participate in hobbies you enjoy. If you like yoga, join a yoga class. If you like to stay fit, visit the gym. Even a library can be a good place to meet people if you like to read book. Students can make new friends in their university with fellow classmate or by joining an social activity such as a dance class or drama class.
Look at the entertainment section in the newspaper. Check out the nightlife or social scene by browsing through the local paper to find out where the hottest spots are in town--clubs, bars, parties and more. Place a classified ad online with a short description of yourself, about being new to the city, describing your interests and hoping to meet like-minded individuals.
Get to know your neighbours. If you live in a neighbourhood that is close-knit, where everyone knows everybody, chances are the people in your area will like to get to know you better. Take a walk in the park--this is great for parents, as they interact with other parents with children. Visit a local coffee shop, bookstore or get involved in your neighbourhood by going to community meetings and organising events.
Tips and warnings
- Always be friendly. Start off a conversation by avoiding small talk, as it leads nowhere.
- If you're shy, don't worry. Use your body language and facial expressions to show your interest in someone by smiling and making direct eye contact so you look more approachable.
- Be cautious of who will become your friends by taking things slow.
- Do not meet someone in a private place if you met a person online. It is best to hang out in a public place to look after your own safety.