You have a big move coming up, and you’re nervous. You haven’t strayed far from home before, and now
you’ll be in a new city where you don’t know anyone. Will you ever feel at home in your new community?
Feeling comfortable with a new place takes some time. But if you follow these tips, you can adjust more
quickly after your move.
1. Stop by the Visitor Information Center
At the visitor information center, you’ll meet workers or volunteers who can tell you more about the city
you moved to. They can tell you about places to visit and things to do in your new city. They may even give
you a calendar of community events.
In fact, some centers may even have welcome packets for new move-ins. These packets might include a city
directory, a map, and other important information.
2. Register With the DMV
Registering with the DMV is an important step that you should complete soon after your move. If you own a
vehicle, you need to let the DMV know your new address. DMV employees can also update your voting information
so you can vote in your new city. Visit your state’s DMV website to complete these steps online.
3. Find a Church or Community Group
Unless you moved to a small town, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the strangers that surround you. How
do you find your niche?
Many people find that attending a church is a fast way to meet their neighbors. You might also consider
joining a community group that aligns with your hobbies. You could join a baseball team, a sewing group, or a
If you have young children, join a parent cooperative preschool or playgroup. That way, your kids can meet
new friends while you meet other parents.
4. Visit the Library
Even if you’re not a bookworm, joining the library gives you a great way to connect with your community.
The library usually offers events, such as adult education classes and movie nights. By attending these
events, you can meet people from all different backgrounds and interests.
5. Get Active
Being active is a great way to feel part of your community. It also puts you in a position to meet your
neighbors. There are plenty of ways to get active, depending on your interests:
- Join a gym.
- Attend fitness classes.
- Run or bike on community parks and trails.
- Compete in a local race or fun run.
- Walk your dog around the neighborhood.
While you get fit, you can enjoy the added benefit of making new friends.
6. Host a Dinner Party
A great way to make new friends is to invite people to an intimate gathering in your own home. Right
before you move, set a goal for when you want to hold your first dinner party.
As you meet new people, choose a family or several people you want to get to know better. Invite them over
for a casual dinner.
Hosting a party for people you don’t know well may seem nerve-wracking. But the risk is worth it because
chances are you’ll soon make great friends.
It takes a little bit of time to feel at home in your new community, but following these steps can help.
If you keep these tips in mind before your move, you’ll feel more confident about leaving your old city for a
For a smooth transition, call on Midway Moving & Storage to help you with your move. We can take care
of all the packing and moving details so you can focus on becoming acquainted with your new home.