We've had an influx of complaints around Durham from residents living near student houses.
Living in the community means you must be respectful of those around you. Being a good neighbour helps protect the reputation of the University and its students, which will make your time in Durham more enjoyable!
We've got 8 simple steps you can take to improve neighbour relations:
- Be friendly. Right from the off! Remember, first impressions go a long way.
- Keep it down. Especially between8am and10pm. If you are having guests over try to keep everyone inside with doors closed past 10pm and use headphones where possible.
- Pre-warning. Why not try warning neighbours if you are planning to host pre-drinks or a party? Let them know in advance that it might get noisy and give them a time you will all be heading out (and stick to it!)
- Take it in turns. If you have friends living in other houses that you take turns in hosting so as not to always annoy the same neighbours each night.
- Think where you park your car. Try to avoid having lots of friends calling around and abandoning cars all around the roads. Make sure you do not block your neighbours in or out!
- Empty it! Avoid missing your bin collection dates so they don't pile up (especially in the warmer weather) and bring your bins in after to ensure they are not in anyone’s way.
- Keep your gardens tidy. Clear it of any rubbish and if you're responsible for the maintenance of the gardens make sure you don’t let them look like a jungle as the year progresses!
- Live and learn. If you do have a complaint from a neighbour, apologise and make sure you respect what they have said. Remember that they need to be able to enjoy the comfort of their own home.
And that's it! It's really easy and ensures everyone can enjoy the community in peace.