Being a good neighbour

Living off campus means that you are likely to be living side by side with local people in local communities.

Their lifestyle may be different to yours – they may work shifts or have children. Being a good neighbour isn't hard, just a little consideration is all that is required.

  Getting to know your neighbours

  • Perhaps the single most important move you can make.
  • Just knock on the door and introduce yourself or say hello when you spot each other on the street or in the garden.


  • Give your neighbours notice of your intentions well in advance.
  • Fix a reasonable finishing timing and stick to it.
  • Limit the number of parties at each address – spread them out with your mates.
  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • At the end encourage your guests to leave quickly and quietly.
  • Don't forget to clean up and dispose of your rubbish properly.
  • Please don’t drink in the front curtilage of your home

General Noise

  • Not everyone will share your taste in music – keep the volume down to a reasonable level.
  • Position speakers away from adjoining walls.
  • Avoid shouting in the street and remember to be careful and quiet when you return home after a night out.

Offensive Behaviour

  • You might think a poster or a note in your window is funny. A neighbour might think it is tasteless/offensive. Think about what others can see.
  • Take your rubbish home or use proper bins
  • Respect the property of others, particularly fences, walls, street furniture and parked cars.


  • Parking in many places off campus is difficult. Think about whether you really need to bring a car to Belfast.
  • Think about how you park your car as well as where – think about the emergency services and deliveries – can they get past?
Protect the quality of the neighbourhood
  • Contact your landlord should your property be in need of repair.
  • Keep your garden and any surrounding areas free of rubbish