By Louise Allingham For Daily Mail Australia
01:55 25 Jan 2024, updated 02:03 25 Jan 2024
An Australian woman who moved from her home state to Perth has noticed something unusual about the city.
She said Perth is a ‘lonely place’ and she has struggled to make friends or have meaningful conversation with the people she meets.
The 29-year-old loves lots of things about the WA capital but said her experience would be hugely improved by a good circle of friends.
Many said they felt the same way after moving to Perth, calling it ‘insular’ and ‘cliquey’; however, others said they found it was ‘warm and welcoming’.
‘As someone who has recently moved to Perth, and find it difficult to make friends and have meaningful connections here, I wanted to know if this is general thing or if I need to branch out more?’ she asked.
‘If you are not from here or have moved from other states – can you relate it?’
The woman asked for tips on how to make friends because she’s ‘dying’ to do so.
‘There are good things about Perth I enjoy. I just wish I had more friends/a network so I could enjoy even more,’ she said.
Reddit users agreed it was hard to make ‘meaningful’ mates in Perth, with many complaining people don’t go out much and ‘stick to their friend groups’.
‘People tend to stay in more, especially with prices being what they are. I moved here quite a few years ago from England,’ one expat said.
‘I built a small friend group but I always had to be the one organising things and pushing. As soon as I stopped doing it, no one else bothered and I haven’t seen or heard from anyone for a while now.’
‘I know so many adults that only hang out with their friends from primary/high school. Even when you do try to hang out with them, you’re on the “outside” and can’t really fit in,’ a second explained.
‘People will say it’s the same everywhere, but it’s not. I have no issues branching out and making friends in Melbourne, but Perth is really cliquey and can be an incredibly lonely place,’ a third replied.
‘People are friendly enough, don’t get me wrong, I have many acquaintances but no one is really on the “market for friends”.’
Someone said they moved to Perth for university two years ago and felt the same way.
‘It seems like everyone has their own friend groups. Though people here seem nice and friendly on the surface level, but of course it would be nice to create deeper and more meaningful friendships,’ they said.
But not everyone who moved found it to be a lonely place, with one woman pointing out there are many other ‘cliquey’ cities in Australia, like Adelaide.
‘There is no logic for Perth being “more cliquey” than any other part of the country,’ one Reddit user wrote.
‘I’ve lived in other cities in Oz (Perth local) and I found it pretty much the same in Brisbane and Melbourne in terms of difficulty to make friends,’ another said.
‘You can make fast friends with almost anyone, as Perth are a pretty laid-back people and will often accept you at face value. However, the deeper connections are a lot harder to find in my opinion,’ someone added.