How to build your friendship circle in a new city

Just moved to a new place and don’t know anyone? Don’t worry! It’s never to late to make new friends in life.

When you’re an adult, the prospect of having to make new friends can be daunting. Wasn’t all that over with at school? But if you have recently moved to a new place, in order to stand the best chance of enjoying yourself, you are going to be need to get those dust off those friendship making skills again to build up your network.

Here are our top tips to make friends in no time:

  • Get flatmates – one of the best ways to start meeting people in a new city is to moved into shared accommodation. Living by yourself is often very tempting – you can do what you want, when you want, you can have people over whenever you like, watch what you want to on TV, skip doing the dishes for the night etc etc. But, this isn’t going to help you to get to know people. So it’s time to embrace being a flatmate! Try to find a flatshare with one than one person – not only will this help you to broaden your circle, it also eases the pressure if you don’t have the best relationship with one of your flatmates and reduces the intensity of living with just one person. When you move in suggest a housewarming party or a house dinner/drinks and try to embrace people being invited over as much as you can – you never know who you might meet!
  • Network as much as possible at work – work is a great way to meet people. Attend all the networking events, team lunches, Friday drinks you can – even if you don’t feel like it!
  • Say yes to everything – in the first few months while you are settling in to your new city, say a big fat “yes” to every invite you get – chances are there will be people you meet initially who you won’t end up becoming lifelong friends with but the more connections you make, the better network you have and the greater chance you have of meeting likeminded people. If you say yes when invited to things, you will also get more invites!
  • Pay it forward – at GTTG we believe in good karma so once you are settled into your new city and come across someone else who has just moved there and doesn’t know anyone, invite them out with you and your new found friends to help them get started with their friendship group!