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Being a good neigbour in Halls

By hannahk 04 May 2023

Being a considerate neighbour is super important for making sure that everyone's stay in Halls is as positive as possible.

Although some of you will be living with us for a small part of your University journey, this is your new home where you deserve to live comfortably. Everyone has a part to play in making sure that you’re surrounded by good, friendly neighbours. Not only is being a good neighbour important in Halls, but it’ll also be something to consider if you choose to live out in the local community in your second/third year of uni. Find out more about living in the community here.

Ask yourself:

  • How loud is your music? If it can be heard outside of your room this might disturb others in your flat. Be mindful of noise levels!
  • How quiet are you when coming home late? The chances are that everyone in your flat has different courses and schedules meaning that although you live in University Halls, not everyone wants to be awake until late. Take extra care to be quiet when coming home late or in the early hours.
  • Is anyone in your flat excluded? Does your flat often host groups of friends? Consider who lives in your flat and whether this will isolate anyone e.g. if someone doesn't drink alcohol. Try to see if whether you can go elsewhere to meet up with friends.
  • Do you clean up after using the kitchen and living space? Regularly keeping on top of your own mess means that your flat will stay tidy. The shared kitchen/living spaces should be clean and tidy enough to use by everyone at all times.

Three simple ways that you can be a better neighbour/flatmate:

  1. Offer your flatmates a cup of tea because a simple tea and chat can go a long way!
  2. Suggest a flat meal or outing to help get to know each other better, even if you use the social space in your Halls
  3. Check in with your flatmates - a simple ‘how’s things?’ or ‘how’ve you been keeping?’ can mean a lot

If you are ever concerned about a flatmate, contact your Residential Adviser or Halls team who can check in on them. There’s lots of support available in Halls and at University, find out more here.