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How to be the BEST neighbour

By bzellie 15 Jun 2021

For many of you, this is your first experience of living independently and away from home...

And that's going to be kicked up an extra notch next year too!

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 private accommodation and here are a few things to ensure this doesn't happen...

Keep parties to a minimum

Hopefully by the time you move into your new house lockdown restrictions will have eased, if they have and you want to get your friends round to have a party, 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.

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 house in the early hours of the morning. Both of these are guaranteed to get you in the bad books!

Be respectful

When you're outside your property where your neighbours can hear you, be respectful. Your neighbours could get offended with inappropriate language and drinking, so just be aware of your behaviour when you are outside of your house.

two girls sitting on swings in a park chatting

When you move into private accommodation this summer, there are a number of things you need to take into consideration and be aware of...

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.

two people digging in a garden

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, contact your Accommodation Team and/or speak to your halls reps.

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