Find Local Clubs to Join and Local Activities When You Move

How to Meet New People and Make New Friends When You Move to a New Community

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If you're moving to a new community, it's a good idea to find new clubs to join and local activities to find new friends and to get involved in your new neighborhood.  Use these online tools to start building a local network made-up of your interests and hobbies.


Anyone who spends any time online will be familiar with this get-together website and if you aren't, then you should be. Meetup is a great resource for people who want to find and engage with like-minded locals who enjoy the same things you do.

From book clubs to dining clubs, to wine-tasting, hiking, skiing and more, you'll find everything you need right here. And because this site is mainly a way for people to set-up meetings and events to get-together, all the socializing takes place offline - much better than the online chat rooms or other web spaces.


An InstaMeet is a group of Instagrammers who get together to take pictures and video to share with each other and a bigger community online. There are several options to get involved. First, you can join a group that's already established by using the map of your area and zooming into events that are posted. More information is provided including where to meet, when and what to expect. You can also set up your own group.  You can meet anywhere, any time and can have as many people as you want to attend. Most groups focus on the outdoors, but there can also be opportunities to photograph an event.

 If you want to join a group that's already established, use the map on the site to find one in your new area. An InstaMeet can happen anywhere and be any size. They're a great opportunity to share tips and tricks with other community members in your area, and an excuse to get out and explore someplace new.


If you're not familiar with Nextdoor, you should be. Nextdoor was set up in 2011 and has now expanded to other countries outside the US. However, the US has the largest number of neighborhoods. The idea is to provide a forum for people who live in a specific community to share information with each other. Information can include everything from recommendations for services, stuff for sale or to give away, and crime notices. It also provides a social space for people to meet and set up neighborhood events. Some communities have used it to organize get-togethers and rallies to support local initiatives. You'll also find your city and county representatives posting information they think residents need to know and to solicit feedback and input. Highly recommended. 


Unlike Meetup, is an information source for finding local entertainment spots, restaurants, etc. However, in the last six months, has also started organizing parties and get-togethers, so it's worth checking out. And while you're there, check out the local scene and post your own review.


This is a great site for all things active - tennis, running, soccer, football and more, you'll find clubs, events and teams to join in your area.

Highly recommended for both serious athletes and those of us who'd rather just have a little fun.


Started by the Lunch Club, this is an online resource that offers a chance for you to actually meet your neighbors via a common site. While not all neighborhoods have signed up yet, you may be surprised to find yours. Events, activities and message boards are just part of the fun.  Consider it a less developed Nextdoor.