making friends in a new city

When you move to an entirely new city, it can feel lonely at first – but don’t fret! Making new friends forces us to step outside of our comfort zone, but it becomes easier over time to engage in conversation and make a follow-up plan as you begin to meet new people. If you’re thinking of moving to Hamilton, or you’ve recently moved to Hamilton, here are some ways that you can help yourself step out of that comfort bubble and make new friends in your new home.

Join a Class

Why not learn a new skill while meeting new people? Joining a class is an easy and fun way to build bonds with new friends. It presents a convenient environment where you get to naturally engage and converse with people who have similar interests, without having to struggle for conversation – and if you don’t strike up a conversation with anyone, at least you just did a great class, right? The Hamilton Parks & Recreation Community Centre offers a wide selection of classes, teams and programs to keep you busy and get you out into the community.

Join a Meetup Group

Meetup Groups are simply designed for the purpose of making new friends with similar interests. It brings people together who are in search of expanding their friendship circle or simply forming a new one. So right from the get-go, you know that just about everyone you meet in these groups is open to making new friends. And best of all, Meetup Groups are often tailored towards specific hobbies or interests, so you can search Meetup Groups in Hamilton that peak your particular interests, be it sports, culture, arts, you name it!

Embrace Social Media

Why not take advantage of your hundreds (or thousands) of social media friends and ask around for anyone who may have some connections or know of fun events and programs in the Hamilton area? Chances are that some of those online friends will know someone where you live that can connect you with a whole new network of people that you can get to know.

Embracing the community outside of your apartment (even in your apartment building) will be key to begin to engage with others and meet new people. By joining classes and groups, and exploring what your new community has to offer, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own new network of friends in your new city.

CLV Group offers many events and opportunities to meet new people in your CLV Group community. Speak with your CLV Group Customer Care Coordinator for details on upcoming events in your building. Learn more on our website!

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