Living in your community

When choosing somewhere to live, location is a big consideration. The tree lined suburbs may be attractive, but your neighbours won’t take kindly to you returning home at 2am in a shopping trolley singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

Alternatively, living in the centre of town may be noisy on a Saturday night, but you will never have to rely on public transport and you’ll never need a taxi home after a night out.

Staying on campus can also be appealing and will save on the bills. If you do choose to live in the community it is worth remembering that loud parties, disorder and rubbish in your neighbour’s garden can be a real source of distress to the people that live next to you, especially if they have had to put up with it for the last 10 years from different sets of students. Elderly people and those with young children can be particularly sensitive.

A little courtesy and common sense can actually save you a lot of hassle in the long run with those who live around you. For example, it is a good idea to introduce yourself and give your neighbours advance warning of any parties you are planning, ideally with a contact number. That way, if the music is too loud, they will speak to you rather than the police!

Also, find out straight away when bin and recycling collection is so you are not blocking up the back lane with your wheelie bin.

Try and take part in community events, they’ll look great on your CV and help change local attitudes of lazy students!

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