Students attending college or university for the first time and living off-campus often experience new situations in life, such as living independently and having a roommate or neighbors. Especially during these uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to work together as a community to be good neighbors and help keep everyone safe.
Here are some suggestions on how students can be a good neighbor!
Although physical distancing is still required, that does not mean you cannot introduce yourself to your neighbors. Say hello from across the hall or driveway. Drop a note in their mailbox or leave a small gift basket on their porch. Exchange contact information should an emergency ever come up for either party.
Be aware of your noise levels and the time of day. If you are living in a unit with shared walls (an apartment, duplex, condo, etc.), be considerate of those on the other side. Follow the rules and sanitizing guidelines for houseguests while bringing people in and out of your unit, especially during potential coronavirus outbreaks in the community. It is important to be considerate of others, and hopefully reciprocal consideration will be received.
Review the by-laws that pertain to your city. These may include, but are not limited to:
Outdoor fire pits
Smoking and vaping on the property grounds
Know the day your garbage and recycling pickup are scheduled for and what you can/cannot leave at the curb. Promptly put garbage containers away after pickup has been completed. If an issue arises with the property’s garbage collection, notify your landlord as soon as possible to have the issue rectified.
It is best to avoid conflict with any neighbors. However, if an issue is unavoidable, try to deal with the issue as maturely and rationally as possible. Determine the difference between issues you can handle on your own, from those you may need to enlist outside support with, such as a parent, family member, the landlord or police.
Keep in mind – friendly, considerate, and mindful communication is key to any successful relationship!
SEE ALSO: A Guide for Students Living Off-Campus
The Places4Students.com Team