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How to Make Friends in a New City

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. One of the biggest challenges people face when relocating to a new place is making new friends. This is especially true for students, recent college/university graduates, and young professionals who may not have a built-in social network in their new city. If you’re moving to Ottawa and looking to make friends, don’t worry – there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and build a social circle. Here are some tips on how to make friends in a new city:

Join a club or group that interests you

One of the best ways to make new friends is to join a club or group that aligns with your interests. Whether you’re into hiking, photography, cooking, or board games, there’s likely a group of people in Ottawa who share your passions. Check out to find groups in your area or do a quick search on Facebook for groups that align with your interests.

Attend local events

Ottawa is a vibrant city with plenty of events happening throughout the year. From festivals to concerts to sporting events, there’s always something going on. Attending these events can be a great way to meet new people and make connections. Check out the Ottawa Tourism website to find out what’s happening in the city.


Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to your new community, but it’s also an excellent way to meet new people. Whether you’re helping at a local food bank or volunteering at a community event, you’re sure to meet other like-minded individuals who share your passion for giving back.

Take a class

Taking a class is another great way to meet new people. Whether you’re interested in learning a new language, trying out a new art form, or taking a fitness class, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and connect with others in Ottawa. Check out the City Of Ottawa’s recreation guide to find classes that interest you.

Get involved in your community

Finally, getting involved in your community is an excellent way to meet new people and make connections. Attend local council meetings, join a community association, or get involved in a local charity. Not only will you be making new friends, but you’ll also be making a difference in your new community.

Envie’s lifestyle team is also dedicated to helping to make your transition to Ottawa seamless in any way that they can. Our activity calendars bring our residents together regularly for pool and ping-pong tournaments, snack and study sessions, sports and reality television watch parties, yoga and hip-hop dance classes, festivals, events and more. It’s the perfect way to make new friends not only in your own building, but also at other Envie locations as well.

In conclusion, making new friends in a new city can be daunting, but it’s not impossible. By joining a club or group, attending local events, volunteering, taking a class, and getting involved in your community, you’re sure to make new connections and build a social circle in Ottawa. Remember, making friends takes time and effort, but it’s well worthwhile to make Envie feel like home.

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