I think that one of the hardest things about moving to big city where you do not know anyone is meeting new people. It was easy at University. At University everyone was in the same boat so you just naturally cling to new people. So, where do you start when you move somewhere new on your own?
In this post I will share a few of my experiences.
The easiest way to meet new people when you move to a new city is probably through housemates. I couldn’t afford to live on my own straight out of uni so I had no choice but to find a housemate through one of the websites that help with this. You might get lucky (like me) and find a lovely housemate, or housemates, that you can get along with. There’s nothing better than having a housemate to vent your work frustrations to after a long day.
- Work Colleagues
For a lot of people, you end up spending more time with your colleagues than family and friends. You spend day after day in the same building as these people so why not make an effort to get to know them outside of work? It doesn’t have to be too extreme. I have found suggesting a couple of drinks after a stressful day can be a great way to get to know your colleagues and meet some new people in the process.
- Gym Buddies
This can be a difficult one. However, if you regularly attend classes at the gym at the same time it is possible to meet new people in your new city. You might not end up meeting up outside of the gym but having a workout partner can be really positive and motivating.
- Friends of Friends
Once I started to meet new people through the ways that I mentioned in the other points I found that it became easier to meet even more people. For example, I once went out for after work drinks with a colleague who introduced me to some of her friends.
- When you least expect it…
I know that moving to a new city on your own can be super lonely. There were weekends when I first moved where I would spend all my time sat in my room watching Gossip Girl. The biggest piece of advice I would probably give is just to get out there. You are highly unlikely to meet new people sat on your own in your room.
I met one of my closest friends in my new city completely by chance. I got locked out of my flat and she offered to let me hang out in her flat until my housemate came round to let me in. It wasn’t great to be locked out of my flat on my own in the dark but it did work out.
Just give it some time and before you know it your new city will feel a lot more like home!