Being a good neighbour in Halls

Posted 6 months ago

Making sure everyone's stay is as positive as possible

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. 

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? Do you 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.
  • Do you use the bins outside of your Hall too? Be mindful of getting rid of litter and leaving no trace - lots of our Halls are surrounded by the local non-student community which means it's just as important to be a considerate neighbour in your local area

If you're experiencing any issues with neighbours, remember your Residential Adviser is here to offer support and advice. You can find your RA's contact details on your kitchen poster. You can find the out of hours duty phone number in your hall's handbook here.

Three simple ways that you make a neighbour or flatmate's day...

  1. Offer your flatmates a cup of tea because a simple tea and chat can go a long way!
  2. Suggest a flat meal, movie night or trip to your local café to help get to know each other better 
  3. Check in with your flatmates - a simple ‘how’s things?’ or ‘how’ve you been keeping?’ can mean a lot, especially during stressful times such as exam season 

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.