Our Advice Centre has put together some top tips to help you maintain good relationships with the local community and avoid disputes with your neighbours.
At the Advice Centre, we, unfortunately, see instances of students getting into avoidable disputes with their neighbours. It’s now more important than ever to be mindful of those living around us, so we’ve put together some key information and tips which will help you to build and maintain good relationships with the local community.
If you want more detailed information, you can check out the University’s Be A Good Neighbour Guide.
Royal Holloway is situated between two communities, Egham and Englefield Green, both of which offer plenty of private housing for students alongside the local residents. When living in the area, your behaviour reflects on the University as well as yourselves. If complaints are made to the University about you, there can be serious consequences which may affect your studies.
One of the most important things you can do to avoid disagreements getting to this point is to keep open communication with your neighbours. Introduce yourselves to them as soon as possible, and if you feel comfortable, exchange contact details. That way, if there are any issues, they are more likely to contact you directly at first to resolve them, rather than going directly to the University. Checking in with neighbours who you know may be facing difficulties will go a long way to building positive relationships in the community.
The University has a code of conduct which sets out the expectations for students. Any violations of restrictions which are reported to the University, on or off-campus, will be taken seriously and may result in fines being issued. With more people working from home, make sure you are mindful of the impact you may be having on your neighbours, for example, keeping any noise or disruption to a minimum during the working week. For more ideas about how to stay on good terms with your neighbours during your tenancy, check out our top tips below.
Here are our top tips for staying on good terms with your neighbours:
If you haven’t already, make sure you’re adhering to your legal obligations as a tenant by checking out our Private Housing Moving In Guide.
If you have a disagreement with your neighbours, the first thing you should do is to talk to them to address the issue and try to reach a resolution. We know this can be daunting, and you can contact the Community Wellbeing team by emailing email@example.com for advice about how to approach your neighbours in a productive way.
If you receive notification from the University that a complaint has been made against you, the Advice Centre can offer guidance about how to respond to this. Please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary and share with them any emails you have received.
The Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. They’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if they’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, they’ll point you in the right direction.
If you have any other concerns or questions, you can email the Advice Centre at email@example.com, or come along to one of their drop-ins during the week to speak to an advisor. Find out more information about the drop-in sessions on our Events Calendar.
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