How to Be a Good Neighbor

Know Your Neighbors and Your Community

Say hello – introduce yourself to your neighbors.

When you live off campus, you join a neighborhood. We are surrounded by families with children, people who work daily, elderly neighbors, and other students. Be aware and respectful. Ask your neighbors about their schedules. Sharing expectations ahead of time may mitigate future issues or escalation.

Safety always comes first

Don’t stand on roofs or decks, or use basements unless approved by your landlord. Always use a buddy system, and don’t walk alone. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly. Have an escape route in case of a fire. Check your windows and locks. If approached by the police, do not ignore. Respond appropriately and follow instructions.

Respect property – it is the neighborly thing to do.

Don’t drag your furniture across the neighbor’s lawn or create a shortcut through their yard. Pick up your trash. Don’t block access to sidewalks or roadways.

Having a party? Talk to your neighbors.

Loud noise may lead to unhappy neighbors and/or police involvement. Remember that noise travels all around your residence and to the neighbors surrounding you. Understand that the party host is liable for all that goes wrong. Be a responsible host.

Noise carries, even if you don’t realize it.

Be aware of music, car alarms, yelling, and conversations (loud or soft), especially in the evening. Keep in mind that apartment walls may be thin and your TV volume may need to be adjusted. If you are approached about the noise level, listen calmly. The decisions you make are crucial. Move towards determining a wise and respectful solution.

Follow trash and recycling policies

When is trash day? How and when should your trash be placed on the curb or in the dumpster? How does recycling work?

Brandeis remains your community

Students living off campus can still be active members of the Brandeis University community – and they often are! We encourage students to get involved on campus. All campus resources (Brandeis Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Academic Services, etc.) remain available to you. Off-campus students are part of the Brandeis University community and are expected to conduct themselves as good community members.