Relocating to a new neighborhood is hard enough; add to that the stress of trying to create a social life with new people could get quite overwhelming.
Well, there are actually plenty of cool ways to meet new people; all it needs is determination, a smile on your face, and initiative. We have here the best tips and suggestions for making friends in your new neighborhood.
Patricia Love says, “Moving is never easy, as it disrupts and interrupts your life patterns, which causes anxiety and stress, which is real! The best way to ease the pain of change and relocating to another city is connecting as quickly as possible with your community, as it will create a sense of calm. But how do you do this? Here are a few suggestions that will get you involved and will make your move more palatable.”
- Have a Party!
“Whether you are moving into a condo or a house, initiate a block party. Invite your neighbors over to meet you, turn on some music, serve some appetizers and let the conversation begin. This is a great ice breaker into the neighborhood, and lets others know you are sociable, and interested in your new community.” says Patricia Love.
- Reach Out to Local Networks and Groups
Patricia Love also suggests joining local groups, “You can also reach out to networks like meet up and local groups within Facebook. They will typically have monthly meets, for you to get to know people. Plus, plus join your local library and Chamber of Commerce.”
- Reach Out To Your Local Realtor
“Lastly, reach out to your local realtor, they have great resources to help your transition and welcome you into the local community! Relocating can feel uncomfortable, but by taking the first step and getting involved in your new city, people will open their arms, and make you feel comfortable.”
Patricia Love, Women’s Empowerment Coach to Realtors and Managing Broker.
- Take a Homemade Token and Just Ring the Bell
“Moving to a new neighborhood can be an exciting time. I was fortunate in moving to my neighborhood as I had friendly neighbors who brought by gifts and also helped me collect packages when I was away. I think it’s always a nice gesture to bring gifts to neighbors when moving to a new area. I would bring some home made cookies or store bought to neighbors, ring the doorbell, and introduce myself. Another way I’ve met neighbors is just walking around the neighborhood with my family and seeing folks outside on their walks or caring for their yards.”
Patrick Tran, M.D. physician, Board Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
- Get Out and About
“Some great advice I’ve been given about making friends when you are the new person in town is to get out and about. Whether it’s mowing the lawn and exchanging greetings with your neighbors, heading to the local coffee shop and befriending regulars or going for a run and waving at those you see, being out, making face to face contact is a great way of being seen and seeing those around you. It’s the natural way of blending in and standing out as a friendly new neighbor as you become part of this new community.”
Stefan Cordova, CEO at FriendwithA; a peer-to-peer rental marketplace.
- Kids Are Key And Your Entry Way Into Meeting Friends!
If you are a parent, Alison Bernstein suggests getting to know other parents, “Take them to classes, get to know other parents. Chat at birthday party drop-offs or sporting events! They are the key to meeting people that are in the same stage of life. As your kids make friends, you automatically have things in common with them as you kids will go through all of the “firsts” together, starting kindergarten, trying new activities, gaining independence and ultimately graduation! It is a common bond that goes a long way!”
- Get Involved In Local Volunteer Opportunities!
“Each town has tons of opportunities- whether it is volunteering at the schools to get to know other parents, or a gardening club or local town library. There are tons of organizations in each town- find what interests you and get started!” says Alison Bernstein.
- Exercise Classes!
“Especially in today’s world of boutique classes – it is a great way to meet people! Going to the same classes- around the same time, you truly do develop friendships and bonds with those around you! And chances are, they most likely not only have the same interests as you but might also have children of similar ages. Boutique classes such as Soul Cycle, SLT, Barre classes and so many more do go a long way to develop friendships with those folks you sweat in a class with.” says Alison Bernstein.
- Get a Dog!
“It is always a conversation starter and many towns have dog parks which become great places of socialization. Dogs are like children, you can meet so many people at various dog parks and set up dog playdates.”
Alison Bernstein, Founder, and President Suburban Jungle
- Cultivate a Friendly Demeanor
“Be open to informal conversations and social interactions when opportunities come. Make time for the local shopping center, explore the parks and streets, and spend some time outdoors to give people a chance to engage you in conversation.
“Find common interests by getting involved in community life: If there is a club or everyday activity performed by your neighbors, seek membership and play a part in the community’s cultural life by helping organize concerts and other fun activities. Respect your neighbors and be considerate of their challenges. Avoid annoying your neighbors with noise and littering the adjacent area. Check your pets and find small ways to show kindness. For example, you can volunteer to help in case of an unfortunate event. Greet your neighbors and compliment their effort.”
Always greet nicely: “Whenever you bump upon each other, it’s an important tip to say hello, wave or extend a friendly smile. Compliment their skills at gardening, taking care of their car, or dressing to boost their moods.”
Harriet Chan, Co-Founder of CocoFinder
- Friendly Gestures
“Making friends after moving to a new neighborhood, in my perspective, is usually tough and intimidating. After you relocate to a new place, you will be able to meet new acquaintances as long as you are open and friendly. It’s helpful to get to know your close neighbors and search for neighbors with similar interests to engage with. Even if you’ve just recently moved in and don’t feel like chatting, a simple wave and a smile may go a long way toward showing that you’re a welcoming new neighbor. If you make a good first impression, people are more likely to talk to you afterward.” says Sonya Schwartz.
- Initiate Small Talk
“You may also complement your neighbors on their houses or yard. This provides the groundwork for positive interactions with your neighbors. For example, you may say, ‘Your flowers are looking great today!’ With that, your neighbor could ask you over to see their garden up close and talk.
“You may also ask about nearby restaurants and lifestyles from neighbors you encounter while out and about. This will assist you in getting to know the area so that you can locate additional venues to meet locals and identify people with similar interests with whom you might wish to become friends. Finally, one of the simplest ways to increase your social network is to have a party. Invite your neighbors over for a little party at your new house or a backyard BBQ at your new house to get to know them. If you have previously spoken with somebody, you can invite them in person. Another approach is to place invites in their mailboxes or beneath their doors.”
Sonya Schwartz, Founder at Her Norm