One tricky part about living on your own–especially if you spent the last few years in communal dorms or on a college campus–is figuring out how to make friends nearby. In my experience, you see your neighbors often! Whether it’s walking to and from cars before and after work, taking out the trash, or at the pool it’s not like you can avoid all of them. This creates lots of opportunities to meet people who live near you and to form new relationships.
At first, I wasn’t interested in forging relationships with any of the people near me. But as time wore by, I realized…why not? Along with meeting new and interesting people, getting to know my neighbors would only increase my sense of security and community.