How to keep your neighbours happy in a student house

Wed 17 Dec 2014

Living in a student house gives you a sense of freedom you may never have previously enjoyed and the chance to live with several of your mates.

It is no wonder that so many of us look back on our student years with such fondness, but that is not to say you should live entirely without responsibility while you are in higher education.

In fact, when you become the tenant in a student house, you should think carefully about your new surroundings and how you can ensure you fit in seamlessly. After all, your neighbours will expect you to meet several duties and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner.

So before you knuckle down to a mix of dedicated studying and midweek partying, consider how you can become the perfect neighbour so that you do not become embroiled in any disputes that overshadow what should be a fun-packed and rewarding period of your life.

Here, we offer our top five suggestions on how you can run a successful student house that keeps all of your neighbours on side.

1) Keep the noise down

Noise is one of the most common disturbances any homeowner experiences as a result of their neighbours. While you should be allowed to enjoy yourself, it is important to consider the properties on either side of yours.

It is always a good idea to warn neighbours if you are planning to hold a party or if there is a period of noisy DIY coming up. This should help to create a positive relationship and remove the possibility of a complaint being made about your property.

2) Maintain communal areas

This is particularly relevant if you opt to live in a flat, although some houses will also include communal areas or shared paths. In such cases, it is important to respect your neighbours by cleaning and tidying up after yourself, although any maintenance work will likely be arranged by your landlord.

Avoid leaving rubbish bags outside your front door or your bicycle in the hallway, as this is likely to infuriate those living nearby.

3) Respect parking etiquette

One of the ways you are most likely to irritate your neighbours is by parking without taking the rules and established etiquette into account. The first thing to remember is never to park over a driveway, blocking access to another property in the process.

It is likely to be well received if you opt to park in front of your own home as much as possible, and if your street is narrow stick to the side on which people already park rather than doing things your own way.

4) Household waste

The rubbish your household creates should never be left in a place in which it could aggravate your neighbours. Not only is it incredibly unsightly, it can also attract vermin if it is left for any period of time.

Always put your bin out for collection on the right day, and if you happen to miss your slot return the rubbish to your property until the next day on which it can be taken.

5) Be polite and friendly

If nothing else, you should always be polite and friendly with your neighbours and do all you can to create a harmonious atmosphere. It might be a nice ideal to knock on your neighbours’ doors when you move in to introduce yourself, while stopping to chat in the street is another sign of warmth.

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