Finding friends in a new place…..How hard can it really be?
Well, before I moved to Budapest I assumed it would be fairly easy to find some like minded people, in reality it is not as easy as it may seem. Originally I went to one of the ‘imp” (International meeting point events) found through Facebook and I did meet one very nice girl who, unfortunately only ended up staying in Budapest 3 months.
So back to the topic at hand, so you move to a new city, find a job and wounder how to stay making friends outside of work?
My first port of call was Facebook, there are many groups that arrange various activities for expats. I’ll post links to all of them at the bottom of this post.
I previously mentioned the Imp event, these are great if you’re wanting to have a few drinks, maybe a little dance, I got the impression the people that go to these events already know each other through studying or work. I meet one girl at this event who happen to sit with a group of other people, but was totally ignored, so I found it all a bit clicky for me. Great for Students who don’t have to be at work at 9am the next day, as these events are always held on a Wednesday fortnightly at Ankert.
So after this event and my exploration of Facebook, I didn’t find any particular event that I was totally into. So I started to search Google and started to find lots of expat website. Through these sites you can sign up, post if you have any questions, look through previous posts of varying really helpful info! Also you can see who the other member are in your town/city and current country of residence.
So I introduce myself to the group and started looking through the various members. I decided it would be best to look for other females around my age, in the hope we may have similar interested. So a few messages later I’ve arranged to meet 2-3 girls.
Never having done anything like this before I can imagine it’s like online dating, but looking for people that in the future may become good friends.
So since the beginning of May I’ve meet 3 girls, 1 Swedish, 1 Mexican and 1 Hungarian. Luckily for me they all speak English very well.
So socially the future looks good. Here is hoping to meet many more wonderful and interesting people!
Expats in Hungary
Expat loop-All expats Budapest
Social events in Budapest
International Meeting point
English Speaking Expat Goup