How to Meet People in a New City

When moving, meeting people is one of the most important things you must do to facilitate your process of adaptation. In this article, we show you how to do it.
How to Meet People in a New City

Last update: 18 June, 2022

Moving to another city is often a challenge, as it involves leaving everything you know behind and adapting to a completely new situation. While you’re adapting to the new place, it’s vital that you know how to meet people, as having a circle of friends and acquaintances will make your experience far more pleasurable and enriching.

During this stage, it’s normal to experience a series of mixed feelings, such as fear, enthusiasm, and nostalgia. It’s even quite common to find it difficult to meet people in a new location. Therefore, here are some tips to help you make new friends.

How to meet people in a new city

Moving to a new city is an enriching experience. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to meet more people.

However, if you’re finding it difficult, or don’t know where to start, here are some tips to help.

Man talking to his friend
Signing up for an activity makes it easier to meet other people and create links with them.

1. Get rid of your prejudices

Inhabitants of certain places are often victims of cultural stereotyping. When you move to a new city you’ll undoubtedly discover some of them as there’ll always be someone willing to tell you about them. For example, “the people from such and such are cold/distant/warm”.

Although this type of belief may seem harmless, it isn’t, In fact without realizing it, you become biased. This significantly determines the way you relate to others, and it doesn’t even necessarily have to be true. In addition, you run the risk of offending others if you comment on a badly unfounded stereotype.

Ideally, you should arrive in your new location without any prejudices and let yourself be surprised by the people who live there. After all, we’re not all the same, even though we may live in the same city. The first thing you need to do to meet people in your new city is to let go of any preconceived beliefs about them.

2. Sign up for an activity

One of the most effective ways to meet others is to sign up for the kinds of activities in which groups of people participate. For example, cooking, dance, and language classes, among others. The idea is that you get involved in routines that you enjoy, and meet people with the same interests as you.

The advantage of this option is that frequently meeting with the same people ends up creating bonds and cohesion between you to the extent that you won’t even have to worry about making new friends anymore.

3. Attend cultural events

Cultural events also facilitate contact between the inhabitants of an area. Public libraries, museums, and universities are often full of posters advertising music festivals, book clubs, and fairs. These events provide a festive atmosphere that encourages people to integrate.

4. Use apps

Today, there’s a multiplicity of digital applications whose purpose is to connect people from the same place and with common interests. One of them is Meetup. On this platform, you can meet new people. In addition, you can join social events created by other users. If there are none that interest you, you can create your own.

5. Say where you’re going and that you’re looking for friends there

Another way to use the Internet to your advantage is by posting where you’re going on social media and asking your contacts if they know anyone there. Even if it’s a distant relative of a former colleague it’ll help.

Perhaps this new contact will suggest the best place to shop, help you identify a good area to live in, or invite you out with their friends.

These contacts all add up and help you create new links. It’s far more complicated if you arrive in a new city without knowing anyone at all.

6. Be a tourist

To meet new people, you have to leave home. Take advantage of the fact that you don’t yet know the place and venture out to discover it. It’s highly likely that on your walks you’ll have the opportunity to interact with someone. If so, don’t let the chance go by. Arrange another meeting.

Don’t be afraid to say that you’re new in town. In fact, this can lead to others being friendlier toward you. In addition, they’ll probably help you make other new friends.

Woman walking through a city
Taking walks and sightseeing helps you to meet new people in some cities.

7. Avoid rejecting any invitations

We know how tempting it can be to go home, lay down on the couch, and watch movies. However, as we said earlier, you can’t expand your circle of friends if you don’t go out.

If your colleagues at work or school ask you out, don’t reject their invitations. You might be tired but you only need to go for a little while to strengthen your relationships.  Don’t allow yourself to get so caught up in your responsibilities that you don’t notice the opportunities you’re missing to socialize. Otherwise, you’ll end up wondering why you’re so lonely.

8. Practice assertive communication

Assertiveness in communication is extremely important for the establishment and maintenance of any relationship. It consists of expressing your own opinions directly, with respect and without generating discomfort in the other person. In addition, it implies respecting the ideas, interests, and opinions of others.

Assertive communication allows you to genuinely express yourself. Furthermore, whoever you’re talking to feels equally comfortable expressing themselves to you.


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