You’ve just moved to the city of Philadelphia and you don’t know anyone. While your new apartment is fabulous, you need to get out every once in a while. How can you find things to do outside of your new apartment and meet new people?

Check Out These Handy Apps For Making Friends

Technology connects us all in ways that we never imagined before, so why not use technology to make new friends? The following apps are a great starting point:


Meetup is a platform which allows individuals to create groups based around specific interests. Just a few examples of the types of meetups in the neighborhood that occur include:

  • Running Clubsfriends laughing together
  • Yoga Groups
  • Reading Groups
  • Dog Walking Groups
  • Photography Clubs

Meetup can be accessed through both the app and website.

Peanut – An App For Mothers

If you’ve got a little one, Peanut could be for you! The app focuses on helping women build a support group in their community and puts an emphasis on creating events for mothers to meet up at.


Skout is like many dating apps which focus on proximity but it’s for making new friends! The platform allows you to chat with people who are nearby and check out events or causal meetups that are happening nearby.

Bumble BFF

You’ve heard of Bumble the dating app but did you know they have a friendship app as well? The concept is the same – you create a profile and swipe right on people you think you might want to be friends with.

Join A Sports League

Philadelphia has many leagues for beginners and experienced players alike!

Philadelphia Sports Leagues

This group has an amazing number of sports offered, including but not limited to:

  • Touch Football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Kickball
  • Dodgeball
  • Cornhole

New sessions start often and are affordable.

Play More Sports

Offering a wide variety of sports, Play More offers both social and competitive leagues.


There are literally thousands of volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia, from local animal shelters to projects to improve the city. To find great opportunities, check out the following:

Bartram’s Garden

If getting outside and gardening is something you love, consider spending some time at Bartram’s Garden, the oldest surviving botanical garden in North America. You can even volunteer in their Green Room or the Garden Shop!

The Food Trust

Here you can commit to working in the office or at a local farmers market and enjoy learning the talking about healthy food!

Philly Tree

Hoping to create greener spaces in the city, Philly tree needs volunteers to distribute mulch to new tree owners, handle registration, and teach people about how to care for their trees.

Friends Of The Free Library Philadelphia

Here volunteers can help to raise funds for the library, assist with library events, host classes, run bus trips, and even work on the library gardens.

Rebuilding Philadelphia Together

This group aims to help low-income homeowners in Philadelphia. You can learn more about energy efficiency, stormwater management, and community gardening while volunteering your time.

Go Out To Eat & Strike Up A Conversation

You might think that you are the only person without friends in the city but with many new residents, you aren’t alone! Get out of your comfort zone, try new coffee shops and restaurants, and strike up a conversation with others around you. You never know who you might meet!

Ask Friends If They Know Anyone

The world is continually getting smaller and smaller as technology connects us all. Ask all of your friends if they know anyone in the area that they could introduce you to!

However you do it, enjoy the process of exploring this amazing city and finding your new group of friends!