Meeting people after college can be kind of tough, especially if you are new to the area. Making new friends can be a lot like dating. If you are in a relationship, you're probably looking for other partnered friends to hang out with. If you are single, you're probably looking for other singles to mingle with. In either case scenario, you're essentially dating new people to assess platonic or romantic compatibility. Here are 10 best ways to meet new people in Los Angeles, regardless of your relationship status.
Join a coed sports league.
If you're the athletic type, there are a ton of sports league all across Los Angeles. Some of the most popular trending sports in LA include soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball and flag football. There are even leagues for dodgeball, kickball and broomball.
Find a special interest club.
No matter what kind of crazy hobby or special interest you have, chances are you aren't the only one. All you have to is know where to look. You can find all sorts of clubs through Meetup.com from singles events and hiking groups to Toastmasters and book clubs. You name it, you can probably find it there.
Volunteer for a good cause.
There are many great benefits to volunteering your time. You can learn a new skill, boost your job prospects and gain a sense of personal fulfillment. Volunteering also helps boost self-confidence while creating opportunities to network and make new social or professional contacts.
Have a go at online dating.
When time and distance (read: traffic) seem to always be working against you, online dating is the easiest, most convenient way to meet people. For singles, there are free online dating sites like OkCupid and PlentyofFish and paid sites like Match and eHarmony. For couples, there is Kupple.com which helps couples meet couple-friends.
Take a class or workshop.
Another great way to meet people is by taking a local class or attending a weekend workshop seminar. You can learn how to cook or dance, get into shape with cross fit training or acquire new skills to enhance your career. You can kill two birds with one stone by introducing yourself to new classmates.
Visit a local dog park.
If you like dogs, then the dog park is an excellent option for meeting new people. According to licensed psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, men and women who have dogs make good partners for each other because dog owners tend be responsible and attentive in their relationships. One might also make the assumption that you'll meet less flaky friends if you're already in a relationship.
Hang out somewhere new.
It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If you keep hanging out at the same place, and you're not happy with the people you're meeting, then try something different. Make it a point to hang out somewhere new at least once a week. Try a new coffee shop, visit a new mall or hang out at a dive bar you've never been to before.