I’ve moved clear across the country twice (Michigan to Florida and Florida to California), so I know how hard it can be to establish a new group of friends after relocating. If you’re moving into an apartment complex, you’re in luck: You have a bunch of new neighbors as candidates for friends! Here are three ways to get to know your new neighbors:
1. Make Conversation
When you see your new neighbors on the street, in the hallways of your apartment complex or on the elevators, talk to them! It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s an opportunity many people miss. Put your phone away and put a smile on your face. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to make new friends.
2. Join a Community Group
Getting involved in a recreational sport or joining a group in your community is a great way to meet new people. Whether you have a love of basketball or local politics, there’s likely a group in your neighborhood full of potential friends with similar interests. When I moved to Los Angeles, I joined my sorority alumnae group and instantly made an amazing group of friends—most of whom are also LA transplants.
3. Use Social Networking
Of course, there’s always Facebook, but there’s a relatively new site I joined called Nextdoor that can be a great resource for getting to know your neighborhood and new neighbors. Nextdoor is a free and private online network that helps neighbors share community events, recommendations, items for sale, crime reports, ideas about how to improve the neighborhood and more. My neighbors on Nextdoor have started a running group and organized a block party.
While there’s no rule that says you need to associate with your new neighbors, you could be missing out on some great friends who happen to live very close by.