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Making friends is often much easier as a child when you attend school. The people you share a classroom with often become the same people you spend time with outside of a school setting.

However, making friends can sometimes be more challenging once you’re out of the educational system. It can also be tough if you’ve relocated to a new city and don’t know anyone. As challenging as it can be, you may find it easier to make new friends by taking these actions: 

Attend Events

If you’re passionate about something, read your local news sources for details about events being held. You may then be able to attend them and meet like-minded people. For example, if you’re a recreational cannabis user, you might attend Ghouse private meet-up events, where people get together to share their love of cannabis in a safe and secure environment. 

Think about your passions and hobbies and research events near you. It may only be a matter of time before you’ve met new people who are eager to involve you in their social activities. 

Join Online Groups

Many people struggle to make friends in real life. If you fit into that category, explore online groups and social platforms. You can choose online groups operating in your state or country or even branch out into international groups. 

Over time and by getting to know the online users, you may feel comfortable to attend any in-person events they organize. However, don’t forget to practice online safety by meeting in public and letting people know where you are and who you’ll be with. 

Get to Know Your Neighbors

There’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself living in a neighborhood surrounded by other people. While your neighbors can remain strangers, they don’t have to. Use your entry into a new neighborhood as an opening to get to know the people living there. 

If you feel safe doing so, consider taking baked goods like cakes or cookies to your immediate neighbors to introduce yourself. If you happen to be outside at the same time as a neighbor, strike up a conversation and ask about the neighborhood. New friendships have the potential to form before you know it. 

Spend Time with Colleagues

If you’ve moved to a new city for an employment opportunity, there’s a chance your new colleagues can become your friends. Get to know them in a professional capacity, but don’t be afraid to accept invitations for after-work social outings to learn more about them personally. Getting to know your colleagues may allow for a more pleasurable working environment while also helping you to broaden your social network. 


Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone can sometimes mean you have a great deal of free time outside of your work commitments. You haven’t yet met people to fill up your social calendar.

Use that time wisely by volunteering with organizations and charities who may need a helping hand. You can do something beneficial for someone else while potentially making friends with other volunteers at the same time. 

Making friends in a new city can be challenging, but you don’t have to remain isolated for long. Get to know your neighbors and colleagues, attend groups and events, and try volunteering. It may only be a matter of time before you have a close friend circle to spend time with.

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