I just moved into Jacksonville military housing; do you have recommendations for meeting people and making friends?

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Moving is stressful for just about anyone, but it's even harder if you're leaving many of your old friends behind or don't know a lot of people where you're going. Fortunately, there are a lot of options in and around the military housing in Jacksonville for you to meet people - you never know where you'll find your next great friend! To help take some of the stress out of meeting new people, I recommend checking out the following:

  • Trivia. You know more than you think you know, and trivia will give you the opportunity to find people with similar interests. Look for themed trivia options in your neighborhood, which can range from 90s to Harry Potter, or start with the 15 best places for trivia in Jacksonville. You can join a team to flaunt your knowledge of sports history or TV shows, and before you know it, you'll be bringing these folks back to your military housing for a round or two of Trivial Pursuit.
  • Live sports. There are 17 different sports teams at the University of North Florida, and the city boasts an additional 8 professional sports teams, so you have plenty of options to check out live sports in Jacksonville. Check out a few different games near your Jacksonville military housing to see what crowds and sports best align with your interests - after all, you may or may not be the face painting type. Not only will you meet some new folks at these events, but you may just find a new favorite sport.
  • Workout classes. What better way to burn off the stress of moving and meet new people than a workout class? Several of the military housing options in Jacksonville offer fitness classes in their on-site fitness centers, but you can also explore the workout options available in your Jacksonville neighborhood. If a set class type or time doesn't appeal, maybe you find someone else who prefers to take the stairs over the elevators. These folks share your interests, and bonus: they'll help hold you accountable for your fitness goals.
  • Your apartment. The people living in the military housing in Jacksonville are likely in similar situations to yourself, and they are likely also looking to make new friends. See what organized resident activities your apartment offers, or just say hello to your neighbors when you walk by them on the street. Make good use of the amenities that appeal to you, whether that's the dog park in your dog-friendly complex or the swimming pool, and you're sure to find people with similar interests living right next door.

You may feel awkward or uncomfortable when trying to make new friends, so try not to place too much emphasis on finding a BFF. Instead, find things that you enjoy nearby Jacksonville military housing. When you're doing things that you find fun, you'll keep doing them, and you'll find other people who find them fun too. Welcome to the neighborhood, and good luck - I'm sure you'll have some new friends in no time.

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