8 Ways To Do City Living Alone


When you live in a big city like New York, people expect that it’s going to be all action, all of the time. In reality, whilst there’s loads to do, a large portion of your time will probably involve lounging around the apartment alone, trying to save money, or simply kind of feeling isolated. There are loads of things you can do of course, because these days, being alone isn’t a bad thing at all!

1) Netflix & Chill

We literally mean watch TV by yourself. No annoying person next to you asking lots of questions. Nobody saying things constantly along the lines of how terrible your tastes are. And even better, nobody can judge you when something makes you cry. Amazing!

2) Get to grips with a new skill

Forget investing in a ton of expensive consoles, gaming can be done right from your computer. For a bit of a vintage experience, why not give bingo games at 32Red.com a go. There are a whole range and we promise bingo is no longer a super lame activity that only your grandma would try! Of course, there are different themed bingo sites across the internet, like Wow Bingo or Sun Bingo to name just two, as well as slots and loads of others to keep you entertained. However, if you want everything all in one place, 32Red is a really safe bet.

3) Eating

Guess who can eat off your plate when you’re alone? NOBODY, that’s who! The world is literally your oyster when it comes to food, and you can order take out or cook whatever you want. Of course, if you plan on getting a lot more sociable once you’re more settled, it’s a great time to learn a ton of new recipes. If you mess up, nobody needs to know you’re really a pretty lousy cook!

4) Blog

Whether you’ve just moved to your city or you’ve lived there all your life, everyone can find something to blog about. Whether it’s activities that you do with (shock, horror) another living human being, or just your thoughts on the world or fashion or music or movies, blogging can be really therapeutic. If you can write, great. If not, photography will do. Plenty of people like to read, but other people like visuals, too.

5) Use Dating Apps

Eeek! Scary for many people, but they are truly all the rage these days. You don’t have to be looking for a relationship, but they’re a great way to make friends, too. When you live alone, it can get lonely, and whether you meet someone to have a laugh or you end up in something serious, you’ll make new friends and meet new people along the way. (BUT be warned this doesn’t always work!)

6) Learn An Instrument 

So many people regret having never learned to play an instrument, but it’s never too late. In fact, these days you don’t really need anyone else to teach you, you can learn all by yourself at home. YouTube has some great tutorials, and there are even Skype teachers who’ll help, too. If you’re learning guitar, there are plenty of tabs available online, so you can soon master all of your favorite songs by your favorite artists. You could then even record yourself singing along and show off to people online!

7) Become Really Good At A Craft 

Whether you want to learn nail art, painting, or even make up, it’s possible to teach yourself. Sure, it helps to be naturally artistic, but in these cases, videos online are also your friend. There are literally loads of beauty bloggers for example, so you can learn hot tips on everything from a perfect eyeliner flick, to finally mastering contouring. Who knows? You might even learn enough skills to inspire a new career!

8) Learn A Language 

In any big city, people speak a ton of languages. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to communicate? When you have time alone, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn something different – maybe Spanish or Chinese. Who knows, if you venture more into the great, big world around you, you may even get to use them!

We’d love to know…what are your favorite ways to hang with yourself?  Share below!

By: Zoe Blogg


  • Travelsito says:

    And it gives you so much freedom, but also lots of loneliness.

    • Used York City says:

      Some people hate being alone, while others thrive at it–all a matter of personal preference I suppose;-)

  • Joanne Theodorou says:

    Take up a book…then join a book group….there are so many groups in NYC, some devoted to strictly fiction, some only discuss non fiction… there are also those devoted to the works of a single author such as Trollope or Dickens….so many books, so many options. Many small bookstores offer discussions and Barnes and Noble has several various book groups that meet there monthly. Check it out! Or start your own! Why not??

    • Used York City says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Joanne! Starting a book club was one of the best things I’ve done, love reading something new each month and meeting with a diverse group of women to discuss it over wine and snacks!

  • Yeap, netflix and a language are the way to go re city living. I hope team Used York City have a fab Christmas.

  • Tamara says:

    I love bad movies, freshly popped popcorn, a new book, a new recipe… or even seeing a movie alone. That’s one of my favorite non-home things to do.

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