Best way to build a social network in a new place?
November 10, 2012 5:52 AM Subscribe
I'm moving to a new city. How can I best build a social network - and what can I do before I get there?
posted by Ashlyth to Human Relations (15 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving to a new city in a few months. I know nobody there, have no family or connections there, and old friends are a plane flight away. There's no major cultural differences, and the practical side of relocating is sorted. Outside of work (or school, as the case may be) how have you built a social network from scratch in a new place?
Keep it non-US specific if possible. Late 20's, female, atypical interests. I'll be single, so dating-type options are welcome, but not a drinker (so, no bars.) No car, relying on public transport. This isn't the first time I've moved like this, and is almost certainly not going to be the last.
- How can I start/what can I plan or do before I get there? (Also, how soon before the move to do so?)
- What should I do when I get there - and what to prioritize first?
- What's more likely to lead to longer-term friendships, and what's more likely to lead to knowing larger number of people but not as well?
- Best way to avoid feeling lonely when I get there?
Last time I moved, it wasn't fun. Help me plan!