Job? Check. Super cute apartment? Check. A new bestie to brunch with every Sunday? Hmmm… we’ll get back to you on that one. Moving to a new city where you don’t know a single soul can be exciting, nerve-wracking and a little bit scary. When it comes to making new friends after college, you have to force yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it’s exploring a local art festival by yourself or signing up for a yoga class, you’ll be challenged to try new things without a bestie to accompany you.
The good news is, the more you step outside of your comfort zone, the more likely you’ll be to meet some pretty cool, like-minded individuals. If you’ve been freaking out about finding friends in the “adult world,” here are some sure-fire ways to find that new BFF who you’ll be able to brunch with every weekend.
1. Take a class or attend a workshop. A great way to connect and interact with like-minded people is to take a class in something you’re passionate about. Whether it’s learning calligraphy, nailing new hip-hop moves or finding your inner yogi, immersing yourself in what you love could help you meet people with similar interests.
2. Meet “friends of friends.” Does one of your college friends have a friend or relative who lives in your new city? If so, try meeting up with them. It’s a great way to meet with someone who’s familiar with the area and can connect you with more people.
3. Try something new. Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class or learn how to grow a garden? Now’s the time to make the effort and discover all those hidden talents, while making a friend or two along the way.
4. Explore your city. Hop on a bus or grab your bike and explore your city. Take yourself on an adventure to a coffee shop or a dog park you’ve never visited. This is a great way to run into people and spark conversations.
5. Get to know your coworkers. Hopefully, you work in an office with some people who are around the same age as you. Even if you’re the youngest person in the office, there’s no need to worry about fitting in. Make the effort to establish genuine relationships with coworkers by going to happy hours or tagging along for lunch.
6. Don’t forget social media. It’s becoming more and more popular for people to make friends through Twitter and Instagram. In fact, many bloggers use social media to build relationships and set up real-life coffee dates. Follow hashtags related to your area and start some conversations with people. Who knows, you might find your new Insta-bestie!
7. Go to meetups. If you live in a bigger city, using resources like Meetup is a great way to find people who share similar interests. Whether it’s joining a running group or connecting with creatives in your area, it’s likely there’s already a group of people with similar passions as you!
How did you make friends after college? Tell us in the comments below!