Yes, I do sometimes @TulipIceCream, but other times I just go and endure the interaction, keeping it as brief as possible. Yes, the awkwardness. The awkwardness of acting friendly toward people I don't consider friends. For me.
Yes - I moved into a new flat recently and am doing this. It's tough, I think if you take it gradually and decide to try going out once when other people are around then it may help to reduce the anxiety of doing it in the future.