1. Seek out the ideal neighborhood in Toronto
As a city with a great mix of history, entertainment, dining, sports, and more, Toronto offers a rich variety and lifestyle for any new resident in the city. This said, picking where to live can play a big part in pursuing your hobbies and interests. It may take a little time to find a place in the city that you love the most as there really are so many to choose from.
2. Seek out an association via your college or workplace
Toronto is a city where many friendships are very much ‘built-out’ of first meetings in class or the office. While other cities may find you making solid friends by chance meetings out and about, Toronto makes it easy for a new arrival to quickly feel a part of the city by virtue of meeting up for after-work drinks with friends or signing up for a new college club.
3. Get involved in sports
Whether you play or whether you just watch, Toronto is a great sports town. Engaging with sports is a great way to make new friends and quickly feel at home in the city. Signing up to your office’s softball team in the springtime is always a great way to meet new people.
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4. Have a regular coffee or breakfast spot
As a city with a proud food scene, getting out and about in your neighborhood is a great way to try some tasty new food, while also building up great friendships and local knowledge. Finding a regular cafe for a morning breakfast or afternoon coffee should soon have you smiling and talking with familiar faces in your street.
5. Seek out some expats from your old town
While it’s important to ensure you make new friends in Toronto, the city is also a rich mosaic of many cultures and holds many expats from around the world. There are many meet up groups where you can seek out people with a similar background to yours if you feel that this would help the transition.
6. Ensure you meet your actual neighbors
There is nothing like knocking on the door and saying hi to someone who lives next to you but many people still don’t do it. However, if you’re new to Toronto be sure you do. You can be totally traditional with this and knock on the door with a casserole if you really like, but actually, most Toronto folk would be happy with a hello, a handshake, and the exchange of a phone number. While it’s true like any big city some residents may be a bit miffed at getting a door knock, the great majority of those in Toronto are always happy to meet a new neighbor, and happy to learn your nice and friendly.
7. Give it time
Moving to a new city can be exciting but also feel a little tough at times. So, while you want to fit in immediately, don’t take it personal if your social calendar isn’t filled to the brim with party invites and events in the first couple of months. Ultimately, the best thing you can do as a new resident in Toronto is to head out and explore the city as your new home! Check out the wonderful history, underrated things, the restaurants, and the beautiful parks and gardens that have made the city what it is today.