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|Hayley Matthews • 2/16/17|
My first job out of college was at a newspaper two hours away from home. I’d never been to the area and didn’t know what there was to do, so I was nervous. Besides my co-workers, I didn’t know anyone else and was missing my friends and family. It was an isolating feeling, but after a couple of weeks, I got my bearings and formed a good group I could hang out with regularly. In hindsight, though, what I needed was a streamlined process for doing so.
If you’ve moved to a new city, you don’t have to struggle for weeks trying to make new friends like I once did — all you have to do is download an app. We’ve found the 11 best apps that take all the work and stress out of meeting people. And, even more good news, they’re all free.
While Match is primarily a dating app, you can meet all kinds of people looking for various forms of companionship here, and their comprehensive search features (e.g., sort not only by type of connection but also age, location, and more) make it easy to do so. Available for free via The App Store and Google Play, Match has been around since the ’90s and has matched probably billions of happy people at this point, so you’re in good hands.
Zoosk is another app that’s main focus is dating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also find some great people who are looking for new friends. You can create an account for free by downloading the app, which is iOS and Android compatible, but we’d recommend also syncing up with your Facebook or Google+ profile so you can start browsing through their 38 million members even sooner.
Part dating site, part social media network, Loveship.com brings you the best of both worlds in terms of meeting new people, especially if you’re super busy with work, family, and other life commitments. It’s 100% free for singles and couples to register, fill out a profile, add photos, view profiles of other members, search for and receive matches, and send and receive messages. Loveship also has their own magazine full of helpful tips, fun feature articles, and research-based pieces.
Locals know all the best parts of where they live, and Citysocializer allows you to take advantage of that knowledge. All you have to do is create an account, choose a social event that’s up your alley, and go and make new like-minded friends who can show you what the city has to offer. The app is active in New York, London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, and over 30 other cities, with more locations in the works.
We’ve all said “Hey, let’s…” to someone when we wanted to do something fun, and now it’s easier than ever to fill in the blank thanks to the appropriately-named HeyLets. Setting up a profile takes no time at all, and then you can find activities to take part in, share those experiences with other users, see what they’re up to, and get suggestions for your next outing. HeyLets will also help you with the planning, including giving you directions and helping you book an Uber.
Besides having a unique name, Smeeters is unlike the typical dating sites and social networks out there. Here’s how the app works: 1) Sign Up. 2) Prepay for the First Round of Drinks. 3) Invite a Couple of Friends 4) Meet at Smeeter’s Pre-Determined Location. Smeeter’s goal is to encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones and say goodbye to the boring routines they’ve gotten stuck in, so “if you feel like you’re lacking a little magic in your world, join our community and add some spice to your life!”
Hey! VINA was founded in 2015 with a mission to bring together amazing women “for fun, for work, for life.” The folks behind the app believe we’re all companions, not competition, which is why they say “you *can* sit with us,” playing off the famous “Mean Girls” quote. Download Hey! VINA for free today, and start getting to know some fabulous people. You never know when one new friend could make a difference in your life — no matter if that’s finding you a new job, introducing you to your future partner, or just being there through the good times and the bad.
Meet My Dog is “a fresh breed of social app,” one that actually gets you off your phone and into the real world, and the best part is you get to do that with your furbaby! With this free, GPS-based app, you make a profile (telling people about yourself and your dog), find fellow pet lovers nearby, and then check in at places so they can easily join you. You can also use Meet My Dog’s private messaging feature to set up fun one-on-one play dates.
Foodies and social butterflies alike will love SupperClub, a part food, part friend app. What you do is either organize a supper club group yourself or take part in someone else’s. But the fun doesn’t end there. Use SupperClub to manage all of your food parties in one place and share photos of those experiences with your followers after they happen.
Meetup wants us to do more of what we love with more like-minded people — because they believe when we do so, “we’re at our best.” And the site gives you all the necessary tools to make that happen, including numerous filtering options and a convenient app. Meetup has more than 29 million members in 178 countries and 262,800 groups and facilitates 575,400 monthly events, so you’ll never run out of things to do and people to get to know.
The self-proclaimed “world’s largest app for meeting new people,” Skout strives to mimic those special real-life moments (e.g., catching someone’s eye across the room) online, and they do a great job. Whether it’s a show at The Ryman Auditorium, a guided tour in another country, or a pub crawl around town, on Skout, you can find it — as well as people to go with — for free.
Whether you’ve moved to a new city or not, getting to know different people is always a good thing, helping you expand your horizons and learn new things about others and even yourself. And you don’t have to run all over town, attending every event and breaking the bank to do so — that’s what these people meeting apps are for!