Moving to a new city can sometimes be hard, along with exciting, if you don’t know anyone. When you are no longer in school you don’t meet people as easily. Luckily, there are ways to meet people in your new city! This August I moved to Tampere, Finland to be an au pair for the year and so far I have been lucky to meet other people here!
Here are some different things I did to meet new people
On Facebook I would just search random things like, Americans in Tampere or au pairs in Tampere to see if any groups would pop up. And they did! So just do some random searching to see what you can come up with. Or if you can’t find a group, start one because I’m sure there is someone out there who wants to join that group.
This website is more for staying on people’s couches or letting them stay on yours for free, but I heard it’s a great way to meet people. I also joined my cities Facebook group and there are always get togethers or someone posting about doing something so could be a good way to meet new people!
Word of Mouth
This one might apply more to au pairs or anyone staying with a family or people. My host mom knew of another family in town that had an au pair so she contacted them to get the au pair’s number for me. She also had a dinner and invited their past au pair over so that we could meet. Ask your family or the people you are staying with if they know of any other au pairs in town or where people usually hang out or meet.
Tinder and Bumble
This one may sound weird, it did to me too before I tried it. On Bumble they have an option for BFF mode were people are just looking for friends to hang out with. Also, other au pairs said they used Tinder to meet local people, not really to date. I think the way people use Tinder may be different from country to country or even city to city, but something to try.
I would say that I got pretty lucky on meeting people, because I have known of other people who have had trouble. But stay positive and keep trying and putting yourself out there! You never know, your next best friend is waiting for you!
What are some different ways that you meet new people?
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