Being a good neighbour
Living off campus means that you are likely to be living side by side with local people in local communities.
Their lifestyle may be different to yours – they may work shifts or have children. Being a good neighbour isn't hard, just a little consideration is all that is required.
Getting to know your neighbours
- Perhaps the single most important move you can make.
- Just knock on the door and introduce yourself or say hello when you spot each other on the street or in the garden.
- Give your neighbours notice of your intentions well in advance.
- Fix a reasonable finishing timing and stick to it.
- Limit the number of parties at each address – spread them out with your mates.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- At the end encourage your guests to leave quickly and quietly.
- Don't forget to clean up and dispose of your rubbish properly.
- Please don’t drink in the front curtilage of your home
- Not everyone will share your taste in music – keep the volume down to a reasonable level.
- Position speakers away from adjoining walls.
- Avoid shouting in the street and remember to be careful and quiet when you return home after a night out.
- You might think a poster or a note in your window is funny. A neighbour might think it is tasteless/offensive. Think about what others can see.
- Take your rubbish home or use proper bins
- Respect the property of others, particularly fences, walls, street furniture and parked cars.
- Parking in many places off campus is difficult. Think about whether you really need to bring a car to Belfast.
- Think about how you park your car as well as where – think about the emergency services and deliveries – can they get past?
- Contact your landlord should your property be in need of repair.
- Keep your garden and any surrounding areas free of rubbish