If you are thinking of inviting your friends over for a few drinks to celebrate your return to Leeds, spare a thought for those living next door who may up at 7am to go to work, school or lectures.

Whilst you are studying here in Leeds you will make some great friends and have some great experiences, and rightly so. It is, however, important to note that you are now part of a much larger community with very different needs and lifestyles to your own.

Here are some simple tips to help you remain on friendly terms with your neighbours.

  • Get to Know your Neighbours. Different people will be affected by noise differently. Elderly neighbours and families with children tend to go to bed earlier and require more sleep. Working people and students are most affected by weekday noise.
  • Stick to weekends if you are thinking of having a party. As a matter of courtesy call around to your neighbours in advance to let them know and negotiate a time which the party will continue till. Consider giving your neighbours a mobile number so that they can notify you if the noise levels are reaching an inconsiderate volume. However, regular weekly late-night disturbances even at weekends are likely to result in complaints.
  • Consider holding celebrations away from your home. Many city centre bars offer rooms which can be booked at no cost.
  • Keeping doors and windows closed, especially in warm weather, will help to limit noise levels. If you or any guests are using an outside space for smoking, try and keep the volume of your conversations to a minimum.
  • If you play a musical instrument, speak to your housemates and neighbours and agree a time that you can practice without disturbing them.
  • Use taxi firms which have a call back service to notify you when they have arrived. Remain indoors until they arrive.
  • If you do get a visit from a neighbour, Police or Council Officer, remain calm and polite.

If you are having any problem with a noisy neighbour or any other concern regarding the community in which you live, contact the Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline service on 0113 343 1064 (24 hour voicemail) or neighbourhood.helpline@leeds.ac.uk.

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