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Being a Good Neighbour

You are members of a community in Bath which includes elderly people; families with children; working people and other students.

Whilst many students at the Universities are involved in activities which are of great benefit to the local community, the poor behaviour of a few can have a significant impact on the attitudes of others towards students. There are a number of things you can and should do, which will demonstrate your own responsibility and your respect for your neighbours and the community:

1. Introduce yourself to your neighbours when you move in and establish a good relationship. Some people may find it daunting to approach neighbours they do not know well, if you are too shy to knock on the door you could write a note instead. Your neighbours will appreciate the effort you made to introduce yourselves from the start. That way you can get in contact with each other if there are any problems.

2. Get involved in the local community. You can do this by volunteering.  Volunteering offers you a chance to become involved in a project or with an organisation you really care about or develop a new skill. It's also a great opportunity to meet new people. Keep an eye out for community events – be it a fete, a jumble sale, a concert, a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or a Residents’ Meeting. These are all excellent ways to get to know the members of your community. 

3. Explore your neighbourhood. There can be lots going on in community centres, arts centres, libraries and parks. There are also lots of independent shops and markets to explore in Bath. Visit our ‘Living in Bath’ page for more information.

4. Respect your neighbours. Whether, student or non student, remember that if you are coming home late, there’s a high probability you’ll wake at least one house up if you are shouting down the street. Keep noise to minimum. Remember noise travels a long way, particularly at night time. 

5. Register to vote. This is how you can have a say on the issues that affect your local neighbourhood, as well as who gets elected to Parliament and even to Europe. It's really important that everyone in a community engages with local decision making.

6. If you are having a party let your neighbours know in advance. Agree a time that it will finish and give them the number of someone to contact. If your neighbours have your number they are much more likely to contact you if there is a problem. Keep doors and windows closed, and keep noise to a reasonable level. Move speakers, TV’s and sound systems away from walls joining your neighbours’ property. Ask your guests to leave quietly.

7. Use public transport or buy a bike. Bath is a small city with regular buses to both Universities. Be considerate if you are a car owner; please park your car thoughtfully. 

8. Find out when the bin day is. It’s the Councils responsibility to provide a waste collection service, but as residents we all need to make sure that we help it run effectively. No-one wants to live on a street that has rubbish on the pavements and in the gardens. This is one of the issues which really upset people, as they want to live in a clean and attractive environment. If there’s a problem with your waste collection let the Council know. There is lots of useful information on our Waste and Recycling Page.

9. Love where you live. Check your tenancy agreement- are you responsible for maintaining your garden. If it is you, keep your garden tidy. If you don’t your landlord could charge you for any gardening needed at the end of your tenancy. Report any problems with your property as soon as possible to your landlord or letting agent.  Keep a copy of all of your correspondence to them.

10. Enjoy living in Bath and being part of the local community!

Do you have a fantastic neighbour? You can nominate them for the Good neighbour of the Year at the B&NES Chairman's Community Awards. To find out more click here.

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