How to be the BEST neighbour
For many of you, this year has been your first experience of living independently and away from home...
And that may be kicked up an extra notch next year too, if you're planning on moving into a shared house or your own apartment!
It's important that you know how to be a good neighbour so that you don't get on the wrong side of your neighbours whilst living in halls AND when you move into the community.
If you've found that you've been getting on the wrong side of your neighbours recently, there are a few things you can do to turn that around and start being a good neighbour:
1. Keep parties to a minimum
If your flat is known to host pre-drinks or regular movie nights, mention it to your neighbours beforehand so they know what to expect that evening. Try not to make this a regular thing though because it isn't fair for those with early starts.
2. Heading on a night out? Keep the noise down
There's no need to sound like a herd of elephants on your way down to your taxi on a late Wednesday night or even worse, come crashing back into your flat in the early hours of the morning. Both of these are guaranteed to get you in the bad books!
3. Invite them around and get to know them
Put a film on and make some 'finger food' for everyone to enjoy - it will help to break the ice a little bit and keep any problems to a minimum. If you feel like this is too big of a step, start by talking to them whenever you're passing in the corridor or common room and before you know it, you'll be best mates.
When you move into private accommodation this summer, there are a number of things you need to take into consideration and be aware of. One of which is how you can be an even better neighbour than you've been in halls:
1. Find out who they are
In halls, all your neighbours are students in the exact same situation as you but once you move into private housing, your neighbours could be anyone from a family of 4 to an elderly couple so it's important to be respectful of that. If you nip those parties in the bud now, you won't need to waste time worrying about this next year.
2. Keep your outdoor space tidy
And this doesn't involve becoming an expert gardener! It's as simple as being aware of your bin collection days and taking them in/out when necessary. Also, make sure you don't leave things like beer cans and food in your front garden because you may attract pests.
3. Help out here and there
If you know of any opportunities for volunteering in the area, why not get involved? This way you can help your neighbours whether that be at a food bank or walking your neighbours' dog whilst they're at work. By getting involved with what's going on in the community, you'll be able to meet loads of new people.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; meaning treat people how you wish to be treated. If you don't like the thought of being kept up all night because your neighbours are having a party, don't do it yourself...
If you're having problems with your neighbours in your accommodation or want some advice on your accommodation for next year, speak to an RA at the drop-in every evening 6pm-7pm in your accommodation reception who can point you in the right direction.
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