How to Make Friends in a New City

How to Start Making Friends in a New City

I recently moved to a new area where I don’t know anyone. I’ve always been shy, but I want to make some new friends. How and where can I meet new people? How do I develop friendships now that I’m out of school?

Riley in Tucson, AZ


Moving to a new area is packed with emotions, from excitement to anxiety. The underlying current is being forced out of your comfort zone. What’s cool about this, though, is the opportunity for self-discovery. You experience trying fresh things since you have moved to a new area, and there is a wealth of resources you can tap into to meet people and form connections.

The abundance of possibilities comes from the community you have joined, including services like the library, parks and recreation, classes, and special events. If you go to your city or county websites, you will discover active and passive activities in which you can participate. In your neighborhood and surrounding locality, you have access to spiritual, educational, and volunteer organizations. Plus, the merchants in your region offer a plethora of pursuits to fit every lifestyle. And don’t forget work: Your organization is likely to offer multiple ways for you to engage, meet your co-workers, and give back.

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Here is a list of suggestions for you to try:

Community – City or County

Volunteer Organizations

  • Animals
  • Charities and Non-Profits
  • Children and Young People
  • Elderly and Disabled
  • Environmental
  • Food Banks
  • Homeless
  • Refugees and Migrants
  • Senior Volunteering
  • Shelters
  • Veterans
  • Volunteer Match

Merchants and Services


  • Activities – Bowling League, Kayak Group, Softball Team
  • Coffee, Meals, Drinks with Peers and Co-Workers
  • Community Outreach
  • Company Events
  • Industry and Professional Organizations
  • Team-Building Activities
  • Volunteer Opportunities
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New Activities & New Friends

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the various merchants in your area – from gyms to home improvement – offer free and paid classes. Many offer activities you can join. Go in and check them out. Try something fresh or an interest you have not previously pursued.

A web search for your interests, groups, and clubs in your area will get you started, too. Many local stores and community locations will have a bulletin boards filled with ideas. The key is to put yourself out there. Participate, interact, and meet new people.

Along your journey, you will meet individuals with whom you share a common interest or passion. After that, take the next step and arrange to meet your new acquaintances before or after the “class” for a coffee or another activity. You’ll meet great people with similar interests. In no time, you will be making friends and have a wonderful time getting out and about.

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