Tips for meeting your new neighbors

It never hurts to have a few friendly faces in the hallway. Getting to know your new neighbors can make your apartment feel more like a home, especially if you are in a new city. Plus, friendly neighbors may look after your apartment for you if you plan on being gone for some time.

If you are looking for ways to get to know the other residents in your building, here are a few tips:

Get fit: If you regularly go to the gym, try taking a walk around your neighborhood to change things up. If you workout around the same time every day, eventually you may begin to see familiar faces around your building or neighborhood. A simple "hello" or quick chat will help you meet someone who shares similar interests. After some time, you can even ask acquaintances to go on a walk or run with you.

Go to a meeting: Buildings often have meetings where committee members gather to discuss issues regarding safety, amenities and building parties. Even if you do not want to take part in leadership efforts, head to a meeting after work and introduce yourself to a few neighbors. The more meetings you attend, the greater your chances of meeting fellow residents.

Throw a party: A few weeks after your move into your building, consider having a party or get together for your new neighbors. This does not have to be elaborate or fancy – make it a bring-your-own type of event to set a casual tone for the party. You want your guests to feel relaxed and comfortable so they can also mingle among each other.

Even an afternoon or evening party to watch a game or awards show can help bring together the residents in the building.

If you live in a small apartment, use the building's rooftop or party room to host your event so you can accommodate more guests.

Common areas: Many buildings have common areas with a pool and games. Even if you are alone, head to the shared space after work and introduce yourself to a neighbor. To help break the ice, invite someone to a friendly game of pool. If you are used to finishing up work in your apartment after hours, take your laptop to the common area. When you need a break,  strike up a conversation with someone sitting next to you.

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