With so many people living in New York, you’d think it would be easy to make friends. But for many people with busy lives, New York is a lonely city. Students who move to New York to learn English often find that making friends is more difficult than expected. Although it isn’t easy, finding friends in the Big Apple only requires you to step out of your comfort zone.
There are a million things to do in New York, but we recommend starting with one of New York’s many fall festivals. Don’t be afraid to go alone: have the confidence to start exploring, and adventure (and friends!) will follow. To find a group of ALCC American Language students to explore with, check Student Services for information about recreational and social activities for students.
Say Yes to Invitations
You’ll meet students in your courses who are probably also looking for friends. If they invite you somewhere, say yes! Whether it’s a study session over coffee or karaoke night at the bar, you’ll at least have someone to chat with—and you might even make some lifelong friends!
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Asking someone to hang out, even just as friends, is difficult for many people. People often talk about getting together, but then don’t actually make plans. The next time you meet someone interesting, ask them to tour a museum or attend a concert with you. If they’re interested, great! If not, don’t take it personally—they may simply not have the time. Eight million people live in New York, so don’t stress if one turns you down.
Talk to Your Classmates
Your courses are filled with other students who are in America to learn English and who are going through the same things you are. Don’t forget to talk to your classmates, even if they don’t speak the same language. Some people are too shy to offer invitations, but chances are, many of them would happily accept an opportunity to get together. For more information on recreational events, social activities, and other resources available to students call ALCC American Language at (212) 736-2373 or contact us online.