(Closed) Finding New Friends in a New Town

posted 4 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
45627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Check your local meetup groups online. You will meet and potentially make friends with like-minded people.


Post # 4
5014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can you find a kickball or softball team to join? My FI and I met a lot of friends through our running group, but not everyone likes marathons! Try meetup.come!

Post # 5
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@RunnerBride13:  +5

Recreatiional sports teams are great.  They are organized around people of a similar interest, but attract diverse types of people nonetheless.  Generally they are quite casual, but are part of an organizational structure that puts you together with others.  Aside from work, this stops happening when we are adults, but that’s actually how we met all of our friends as kids – school, scouts, sports, 4H, dance classes, whatever.  They are purely social and recreational, so there is no overlap with work, and so there is no awkwardness about figuring out the boundaries around that.

Post # 6
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I haven’t read your whole post OP, just popped in to say- the best luck I have had is to take a class in something I am interested in- adult ed, college, university, whatevs.

Post # 7
2144 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@jpr:  I feel the same way sometimes, we just to Saratoga Springs recently, and he knows a lot of people in the area because he grew up here, but I don’t. Mostly I just hang out with our neighbors, who are all great, but they’re a lot younger than us. Anyways, where in the Capital District are you located? Maybe we could get together if you’d like.


Post # 8
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Look for running stores in your area!

They often meet up for weekly or twice weekly runs, split into ability level. You get to run, and then maybe have coffee after. You can train for races together and stuff. It’s fun! Maybe you meet awesome friends, worst case scenario you get excercise. Win.

I have a few of these ‘fitness friends’ and we always have the best time. Sadly I don’t live in the ny area.

My FI is an engineer and I TOTALLY get what you mean too. Best of luck!

EDIT: The running group folks are often interested in hiking and biking type activities too, plus healthy eating activities like recipe swapping and farmers market visits.


Post # 9
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I second the dance class suggestion.  We were really isolated in our town when we moved here, but having joined a studio, my FI and I are starting to make friends and have the opportunities to go do things.  It’s hard to make new friends, but having people to socialise with around an activity really, really helps, and it’s easier on the waistline and the wallet, especially if it’s an activity you were going to do anyway.

Post # 10
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My FH and I also have a terrible time making friends.  We moved to the Rochester, NY-area about a year-and-a-half ago, and we still don’t really have anyone to hang out with.  As another poster suggested, a recreation league is a great way to meet some folks.  Once this wedding planning business is done this summer/fall, I’m definitely thinking about joining something with the FH.

When we moved to Buffalo several years ago, I joined a women’s roller derby league.  After about a two or three practices, I instantly made 100 new best friends, and constantly had something to do.  It’s worth checking out, especially since there is a league in Albany.  Even if you don’t want to skate, leagues love volunteers and are happy to have you involved!

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