Five of the best places to meet new people in Glasgow
How to meet new people in Glasgow

Being an adult can be difficult some times, especially when it comes to making new friends. When you spend the majority of your time at work, at home or at the pub with your existing friends, that doesn’t leave much time for seeking out new pals.

If you’re looking to add some new friends to your social circle, here are a few different ways you can meet people in Glasgow.

Join a running club

Ways to meet new people in glasgow - west end road runners

Photo: West End Road Runners / Facebook 

Keeping fit is so much easier when you have friends to motivate you. Join a running club to stay active, see more of Glasgow’s scenery and make some new pals at the same time. There are lots of different groups to choose from depending on your ability and location; try the West End Road Runners for a friendly and varied running club in Glasgow.

West End Road Runners, Woodend Bowling & Tennis Club, 30 Chamberlain Road, Jordanhill, G13 1QE – westendroadrunners.co.uk

Study a short course

If you fancy learning something new and making the most of a university environment to find some new friends, take up a short course at one of Glasgow’s colleges or universities. The Glasgow School of Art offers a great range of creative short courses – from silversmithing to illustration – which are great for meeting like-minded people.

Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, G3 6RQ – gsa.ac.uk/study/short-courses

Go to gigs


Want to see your favourite band play live but none of your mates are interested? Go on your own and make new friends whilst you’re there. Glasgow is full of great gig venues which are perfectly suited to solo gig-goers looking for new pals. Try one of the smaller venues to begin with, like Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street.

Broadcast, 427 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3LG – broadcastglasgow.com

Join a baking group

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Photo: Glasgow Baking Club / Facebook

Want to brush up on your baking skills, eat some delicious cake and make some new friends? A baking group could be just the thing for you. The Glasgow Baking Club offer up great cakes, bakes and banter at their monthly meetings – take along your own cake creations and share them with the group for a fun and friendly meetup.

Glasgow Baking Club, various venues – glasgowbakingclub.wordpress.com

Volunteer at an animal shelter


If you fancy making some new human friends as well as some four-legged friends, try volunteering at one of Glasgow’s animal shelters. Get involved with fundraising, join a supporter group or work with the animals at the Cardonald centre. You’ll be able to meet lots of new friends who share your passion for helping animals.

Scottish SPCA Centre, 125 Kinnell Avenue, Cardonald, G52 3RY – scottishspca.org

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