How To Make New Friends in LA

Los Angeles can be a tough city to make new acquaintances in.

If you don’t go to school, belong to a church or other large organization, or work for a company with a fairly large number of employees, it can be extra difficult to meet and make new friends! Still, new friends do not always just find you.


Below are some tried-and-proven ways to get proactive and make the process of meeting new friends a little less difficult in the City of Angels!

Try a MeetUp is a free website that allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies. Users enter their postal code or their city and the topic they want to meet about, and the website helps them arrange a place and time to meet.

Get Involved with Volunteering

By utilizing a website such as VolunteerMatch, individuals can perform do-good activities while meeting new people! Are you passionate about helping children, saving the planet or just want to put your skills to good use? These sites are free to find volunteer opportunities within your community and give you chances to meet other locals!

Play a Recreational Sport

You don’t have to be an athletic to get involved with fun leagues such as the ones through Planet Social or the Eagle Rock Yacht Club, a no-pressure dodgeball league both in Venice, North Hollywood and Glassell Park.

For a reasonable registration fee, these fun sports leagues offer an excuse for easy-to-moderate exercise as well as an opportunity to meet new people! Many of the sports leagues also offer social events and activities that coincide with the sport.