Students and the Community

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