Living in your community
- Am I likely to be living exclusively amongst students?
- If I am going to be living in a community including people who aren't students, what should I be aware of?
- What about noise levels?
- What do I need to do about disposal of household waste?
- What do I do about parking my car?
A: The answer to this depends very much on the where you will be living.
Most first year students will be living in larger buildings specifically for students on or near campus. However at some stage you are likely to move into a smaller house in an area with non students.
Q: If I am going to be living in a community including people who aren’t students, what should I be aware of?
A: Sometimes friction builds up between students and their neighbours. Most tension of this kind can be avoided by simply thinking about how other people may feel about what you do. In fact, that applies even if your neighbours are students.
There are a number of things you can do to live in the community successfully. Some are general good neighbourliness and all will increase your security and peace of mind. Look at our checklist of what and what not to do to live harmoniously with your neighbours.
A: Noise can be a particularly tricky issue. It can cause deep upset between neighbours and lead people to resort to calling in the local authorities to deal with. Local Councils have legal powers to take action on noise pollution, this could ultimately result in the confiscation of equipment and/or a fine of up to £5000. If you experience problems such as loud music late at night/early hours of the morning, report it to Environmental Health. They will investigate your complaint and send a letter to the offending party. If the problem continues, noise monitoring equipment may be used. The evidence gathered from this could be used in any legal action.
A landlord/agent can take action in the courts to repossess a property on the grounds of nuisance. This covers behaviour that is likely to cause nuisance and annoyance to surrounding neighbours by either a tenant or their friends. If you experience problems of harassment or intimidation contact your owner/agent. If they take no action, seek legal advice.
- When you arrive, introduce yourselves to your immediate neighbours, find out what they are like, if they've got young children who may be disturbed by noise and ask them to pop round if they have any problems. Chances are, if you do this, they'll never come round to complain. They will, however, be more likely to look after your house while you're away which helps to improve the general security of the area.
- Tell your neighbours about any parties and remember to keep the noise down after around 10pm if you have friends round. Some people have to get up very early for work or for their children and need their sleep.
- Remember to be considerate when going home late at night by not talking loudly outdoors or banging car doors.
- Try to keep any garden or yard tidy. It may not be your responsibility to do the garden but it is to keep it clear of rubbish. If you haven't got a bin, contact the owner.
- Always put rubbish in a bin. Ask the neighbours when the bins are emptied. If you put out bin bags they may be ripped open by cats, foxes or other animals and it will be your responsibility to clean up the mess.
- If the outside of your house is looking untidy, for example if all the paint is peeling on the windows, put pressure on the owner or agent to improve things.
- Take some interest in the area, for example, if someone is tipping in an alleyway nearby report it to the council, if an empty property is being vandalised report it to the police.
- Don't throw litter in other people's gardens or yards.
- If you're bothered about issues in the area get involved in community groups, lots of students do. There are many different types. Ask your student union for details.
A. Household waste can quickly accumulate if you are not aware of local procedures for its disposal. Nottingham City Council and Broxtowe Borough Council both operate regular rubbish collections and re-cycling schemes. Acquaint yourself with which days collections take place and ensure you dispose of re-cyclable waste in the correct bins. Further information on waste management can be found at:
If your bins are collected by Broxtowe Borough Council your collection days can be found here.
A. Find out how parking works outside your house. Will you require a permit? How many spaces are available? Decide between your housemates which of you will bring cars to Nottingham. As it is the city has excellent an excellent public transport system and you may find it much easier and cheaper to use this. Further details can be found here.
Where permits are required you will be allowed to apply for two student permits and one visitor's permit per household. Student parking permits are subject to a charge of £70.00 per permit and last for one academic year (i.e. 1st August to 31st July). To apply for a permit you will need to contact the relevant local authority.