One of the biggest parts of settling into your new home after a move is getting to know your neighbourhood. As you get to know your area, by finding your favourite cafe or knowing the best place to order a pizza, you can quickly feel more at home. Here are our top tips for getting to know your neighbourhood.
Go for a walk
Just like when you’re travelling, walking around a new place is a perfect way to get to know your surroundings. To get to know your new neighbourhood, spend a relaxing weekend morning walking around your area. You could start with a coffee at a bustling cafe or walk to your local supermarket.
Talk to the locals
When you’re out grabbing your morning coffee or newspaper, talk to the staff to see if they can share any of the hidden gems in the area with you. Think things like great restaurants, a new workout class or a local Parkrun.
Join after-school activities
If you have children at school, join some after-school activities and sports. This will help your kids get to know new people, and you’ll get to know their parents and become more familiar with the area. To find after-school activities, talk to your child’s school, read your local newspaper, and keep an eye out for any local sporting clubs as you’re out and about.
Get to know your neighbours
Make sure you say hello to your neighbours when you see them around. This doesn’t mean you have to be fast friends but knowing a few familiar faces can help you in many ways. When you’re familiar with your neighbours, you can help each other with things like collecting the mail when you’re away, checking in if you hear a smoke alarm or security alarm, and lending a helping hand with activities like lifting heavy items.
Join local groups
Joining local groups isn’t just for school-aged kids. One of the best ways to get to know your area and the people living there is to join local groups. To find local groups search Facebook, read your local newspaper, check the notice board at your local supermarket and go to a weekly community event such as Parkrun. If you don’t know many people in the area, volunteering your help at the next event can be a great way to help out while getting to know some new people.
It can take some time to get to know your neighbourhood. Getting out there and chatting to people, finding your favourite coffee and getting involved in local community groups will help you to settle in and get to know the area.