My friends and I started a brainstorming group in early 2007. Each month, we meet at a cafe and each person gets to ask one question. We follow a process for brainstorming answers to each question. A very creative stay-at-home-mom was moving to a new city and asked this question.
How to Meet People After Moving to a New City?
- Take an art class in a cultural/artsy part of town.
- Volunteer to teach a class or give a speech @ Early Childhood PTA (ECPTA) or PTA meeting or for a volunteer organization.
- Get involved in the local Destination Imagination group, potentially assisting a team.
- Take a class - knitting, literature, book-binding, photography, creative writing, yoga...
- Volunteer as a docent at a museum.
- Join a recreational soccer/dodge ball/tennis team.
- Join a writing group or book club.
- Try out for a part in a community theatre production.
- Do "letterboxing" with your kids to meet other moms and their kids and get to know the city: http://www.letterboxing.info or http://www.letterboxing.org. "Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest."
- Find interesting stuff about your new city at the YELP website... review local stuff and read people's reviews and rankings. http://www.yelp.com
- Find a meet-up group of folks that share your interests at http://www.meetup.com/
- Take time to get acclimated and settled in.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Chat with the local Starbucks staff.
- Join the local library and check for book clubs.
- Learn about the history of your new city/country through books and find out what is going on via local magazines and newspapers.
Read Martha Beck's Finding Your Own North Star, focusing on coping with change.