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How To Make Friends In A New City (From Someone Who Did it)

How To Make Friends In A New City (From Someone Who Did it)

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Moving to a new city or overseas? In this guide, I’ll cover how to meet people in a new city. I won’t promise that making friends in a new city is always easy but I promise it is worth the effort!

A year ago, I moved to Mexico City not knowing anyone and barely speaking a word of Spanish. From my window seat as the sprawling mega-city came into view, I had a ‘what-am-I-doing?’ moment.

Was I really moving to Mexico City with no friends, job or plan aside from the first 7 nights in an Airbnb?

It went pretty well. While continuing to work online (the world’s least social profession), I managed to build a community and successfully make friends in a new city. Within a few months, I had a group to hang out with at weekends and take trips away with.

This guide is based on my experiences abroad but these tips can just as easily be used if you’re trying to find friends in a new city within your own country!

My story of meeting people in a new city

After my experiences moving to Mexico City, I decided to write this blog post to help others in the same situation, regardless of location.

Before moving to Mexico, I’d been solo travelling and working remotely for 18 months already, spending anywhere between a few days and a few months in a new place. Life was good but I was getting tired of transient connections.

That’s why I was excited to move to Mexico City. The challenges of travelling solo include getting lonely and burnt out. I planned to spend longer than a couple of weeks to really get stuck into the city. I was craving friends I could get to know rather than leave behind.

Making friends in a new city vs when travelling

When I started basing places around the world to work online, I hadn’t given too much thought to how I’d make friends in a new city.