As a student group you and your friends are likely to be the newest local residents, below are a few ways you can benefit from making that effort to meet your new neighbours…
- Security wise it’s great to know your neighbours as they are an extra pair of eyes to watch over your house. Plus they will also be around if you ever have a problem or emergency at home.
- It’s nice to make your new house a home and feel part of the community, a few hellos across the street and a little chat every now and again make you feel secure and comfortable in your new surroundings.
- The cliché of needing to borrow sugar may actually become a reality if you’re a good walk from the shops or it’s a Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t stop at sugar either, need to borrow a corkscrew, a ladder, or some extra plates for dinner maybe your neighbours can help?
- If you know your neighbours and show respect for your new community then they are more likely to give you the go-ahead for a big birthday party, and less likely to call the police if it goes on a bit long.
- So you’ve bought a new bargain desk or cupboard.. if you need a hand getting it into the house and none of your house mates are around your neighbours might be able to help you with it.
- You never know, you might get on with your neighbours like a house on fire and find yourself invited round for BBQs or to watch the ‘big match’ that’s only available on a channel you haven’t got – score!
As if that’s not enough, if you’re new to the city then there are even more benefits..
- Your neighbours will know the local area well, and will probably be able to point you in the direction of various bus routes, the nearest cash point, and a local shop that’s open after 11.
- Keeping an eye on each others houses reduces crime, and this will benefit you even more if you go away for weeks at a time during university holidays and at Christmas. Plus, if your neighbour has your mobile number they’ll be able to let you know if anything does go wrong while you’re away.
- There’s nothing like a good recommendation – if you need to know which is the best local take away, restaurant or hairdressers, your neighbours will most likely be able to tell you where to, and where NOT to go!
- If you’re looking for a job it often comes down to who you know not what you know. Getting to know your neighbours is a great way of expanding your network in order to hear about / be recommended for any work that might come up.