My top tip to any student thinking of holding a house party is to think carefully whether you are likely to cause any offence or nuisance to those living around you- remember loud music can travel some distance and will affect more than your immediate neighbours. If the answer is yes, then you should take your party elsewhere. Such as hiring a space in one of the many available bars in the city centre.
I’ve heard many DIY solutions that students have tried in the past to try and prevent the noise from the DJ’s and professional sound systems being heard from neighbouring properties. No amount of cardboard or mattresses pressed against windows will prevent your neighbours from hearing exactly what is going on. Especially if your guest list extends to 100+ people who will be in and out of your property and causing a disturbance as they make their way home through the neighbourhood in the early hours. And of course, I wouldn’t have this knowledge if it wasn’t for the University receiving numerous complaints about noise and having to speak to the students involved.
So what about the idea of hiring some bouncers to try and limit the number of people crashing and ruining your party? What if those bouncers are so intimidating that they scare off your neighbours who just called around to let you know that the volume levels are preventing them and their family from sleeping? What is likely to happen is them then complaining to the Police, Leeds City Council and/or the University. Being able to speak to your neighbours direct about any issues as they arise is a far better way of dealing and resolving disputes. Disciplinary and enforcement action is a far worse consequence of making a mistake than having to apologise to the people living next door. For information on the University’s procedures in handling off-campus issues see the Neighbourhood Helpline Code and see my earlier Blog for details on the Joint action being taken by the Council and Police to tackle noisy parties.