How to Make Friends in the USA as an Expat

One of the most daunting aspects of moving is not having a support system locally to you. Whether you’re moving 200 miles, 2000 miles or 20,0000 miles away, it’s human nature to find comfort in others. Which makes moving to a foreign country extremely daunting if you don’t know anybody.

Luckily, Americans are a notoriously friendly bunch of people. The chances are, they’ll be interested in your background, where you’re from and will be much more forthcoming with conversation than our fellow Europeans would be!

On top of this, the technological era has brought a whole host of new ways to meet people in your area. No matter what you’re interests are or what age group you fall into, if you’re willing to make a little effort, you’ll have friends in no time.

Network at work

You’re likely trapped in a building with your colleagues for at least 8 hours of your weekdays… which means there’s plenty of time to figure out who you do and don’t like. Treat your job as the social network it is, most businesses will hold post-work drinks once in a while, use the opportunity to befriend your colleagues.

Co-working Spaces

For those of you who work from home, you’ll know that the life of working from your ‘soft office’ (bed) comes at the price of being pretty lonely. So why not test out the local co-working space? Almost all cities and towns offer spaces for digital nomads and freelancers to work from.

If you frequent the same one, you’ll almost definitely catch eyes with others who use the space regularly. Strike up a conversation, ask them if they want to grab a coffee break – the chances are, they’re there for a bit of social interaction too.


The most popular app for those looking to make friends overseas is MeetUp. The app has groups based on age and interests, so you can find ‘your’ people in just a few steps!

It works by joining and/or creating events within particular groups. Due to the nature of the app, everyone tends to be very friendly and keen to meet new people!

Facebook Groups

Facebook is a game-changer for those looking to meet new people. All you need to do is type in ‘New in… XXXX’, or “Meetups in XXXX” and you’re almost guaranteed to get results.

For digital nomads and freelancers, there’s a lot of fantastic travel groups out there, if you enter ‘digital nomads’, ‘travel’, or ‘expats’ into Facebook.

Join a Class

Nowadays, you can find a class for almost every interest out there, from painting to languages to writing. You automatically know you have something in common with everyone in that class, so signing up is a sure-fire way of making friends!

Classes are a great way to meet locals and expats doing the same as you – looking for a way to explore their interests in a social setting!

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