How to Make Friends In A New City

Libby Tiernanon 19 August 2019
A city street.

Find it difficult to put yourself out there? Here are some simple tips to help you get established in your new city.

After moving to a new city, meeting people can be intimidating. If you're someone who finds it difficult to put yourself out there, these simple tips will help you on your way to finding a new circle. 

1. Get To Know Your Neighbours

It was everyone’s childhood dream to have their best friend living next door. Well what's stopping you from making that dream a reality? Neighbours aren't just for borrowing sugar and passive aggressive wall-tapping. 

2. Go To As Many Freshers Events As Possible 

In the first week of uni, everyone's in exactly the same boat as you.

It's unlikely anyone will have formed strong friendships yet, so it's the perfect opportunity to chat to as many people as you can, to find out who you get along with and who you'd rather avoid. 

3. Find Your Local

Your nearest pub (or cafe, library, etc) is likely to be the designated hang-out spot for your future circle of mates. In the meantime it's a great way to meet like-minded individuals. 

4. Join Clubs Outside Of Uni

Did someone say "shared interests"? Joining a club off-campus increases your chances of making friends of all ages and backgrounds. Plus, you've already got something in common. 

5. Be Friendly 

This one is probably the most obvious, but people aren't likely to approach you if your body language is saying "leave me alone." The best you can do is have a warm smile and try to keep the conversation going. 

Libby Tiernanon 19 August 2019