Moving into a new apartment rental, far from friends and family, can be a very lonely experience. You've developed friendships over the years that took time to cultivate. How will you make new friends in a new city, far from everything you know? Fortunately, with time, you'll be able to develop new friendships in and around your apartment rental. Here are some tips to make that happen (faster than you know it)!
Moving to a new apartment rental provides you an inbuilt mechanism to meet new people - moving to a house can be much more isolating.
In an apartment complex, you have neighbors living just steps away, both on the left and right, plus top and bottom. Just the sheer number of residents in an apartment alone gives you an opportunity to make new friends. Invite a few neighbors over for a get-together one night - nothing fancy, just an icebreaker. Some apartments even have monthly socials where you can meet new neighbors. Another idea is to meet others at the pool area or game room in the complex. The more often you see your neighbors, the easier it should be to make new friendships. Neighborhood parks/recreation centers If your apartment rental is near the neighborhood park or recreational center, odds are that you'll run into one of your new apartment neighbors. If your neighbor is playing in a baseball game, ask him if his team needs an extra person. If he's playing tennis, see if you can play with him the following week. Some apartment rentals even have baseball or basketball teams that you can join. Local cafes, coffee shops You'll probably see a lot of your new neighbors hanging out at the local café or coffee shop. Try to make eye contact and then tell the person that you've just moved into the neighborhood and you'd like to know the best places to go shopping, eating, etc. It's a great way to start a conversation. Maybe you'll even feel comfortable asking if you can sit at the person's table. The next time you see the person at your apartment rental complex, ask if he/she wants to go out for a cup of coffee. If yes, you're on your way to making new friends.