Are you moving into the community soon? Well we want to make the transition as easy as possible! We’ve pulled together a list of helpful advice along with top-tips from BA Hons Marketing student Deppy and The Students’ Union.
Introduce yourself to your neighbours (in person or pop a note in their mailbox) – it’ll make all the difference if you know who’s living next door and it’s important to try and get on with those living around you. Plus, it’ll help when you have you go and collect a missed delivery!
Respect your neighbours
Try to keep the noise down. You might enjoy a late night, but those around you might not. If you’re walking home at night, remember that the local residents might have children or need to get up early for work – everyone’s entitled to a good night’s sleep!
If there is one, join the neighbourhood WhatsApp group and try to stay active on it. Let your neighbours know if you’re going to have a later night than usual.
Bins and recycling
Make sure you put your bins out at the right time and bring them in so they’re not blocking the pavement. You can check the bin collection dates for Bristol and South Gloucestershire online.
It can be tempting to just chuck what you don’t want in the bin rather than recycle, but every time you choose recycling over rubbish, the planet thanks you!
Make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when no one is home, and register bikes and valuables so you can track them if stolen.
Get contents insurance – many providers offer student cover, so do your research!
And be aware of who you bring home and who your flatmates bring home – and look out for one and another.
The Advice Centre offers friendly, non-judgemental and confidential advice – and it’s totally free too! Speak to them for advice on housing, rent, bills and financial queries.
And finally, enjoy being part of your new community and be proud of it! Even just picking up litter that you see on your walk home, saying hello to a neighbour or taking the bins out will go a long way to making your community a place where everyone loves to live.