October

Noisy Neighbours:

Hello and welcome back. This month’s newsletter is, unfortunately, the result of a number of difficult issues raised by tenants.

We understand that when students arrive at University for the first time, it is exciting, a little scary and very intense. In the first few weeks the focus is on registration, meeting new people, making connections, starting friendships and having fun during Fresher’s week. Overall Fresher’s and the following few weeks are party central!

This is great! We want everyone to be able to have the full student experience, which includes making friends and enjoying student life, which we know is likely to include an element of partying. The trouble with parties is…NOISE!

It is difficult when sharing with others to find the acceptable levels of noise for your accommodation, whether this be in halls or in dispersed housing. Wherever your accommodation is, you are not living in isolation; you are part of a wider community and as such you have a social responsibility to abide by societal expectations and rules. Yes, they do apply to students!

UK legislation regarding noise is very clear,

Between the hours of 07:00 and 23:00 noise should be kept to a reasonable level and not impact on others.

Between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00, classed as ‘night hours’ there should be no noise heard from within the room it is made in.

During the day, if you have music on and you have to shout to be heard - it is too loud! You should be able to hold a conversation at a normal level with your music on. At night the easy way to test if your music is too loud is to stand outside the room. If you can hear it, then it needs to be turned down.

Sustained noise nuisance is more than an annoyance, it can have a significant impact on mental and physical health and wellbeing, impact on sleep patterns and create anxiety, can have a detrimental effect on your ability to study and ultimately is likely to lead to confrontations.

There will be a time when you need peace and quiet to study and you will expect others to be respectful. If you are respectful throughout the year when you need peace and quiet it is more likely people will be supportive.

If you are planning a party for a special occasion, (pre’s and after drinks do not count as parties, but can be equally disruptive for others), there are a number of top tips to make it a success for you and your neighbours.

  • It is polite, and politic, to pop and let your neighbours know what is happening, when, what time it is likely to finish and the likely number of guests. If they are aware of it beforehand, and know how to contact you if it does get a bit rowdy, they are less likely to be angry.
  • Stick to the agreed number of guests - don’t have open house as this is more likely to get out of control, especially if you don’t know half the people in your house.
  • Do NOT put a general message on social media about your party - this is likely to attract gatecrashers.
  • Stick to the agreed start and end times - nobody wants to hear about your party at 06:00 as guests are leaving.
  • Don’t have guests congregating/partying outside the house - the party needs to stay inside.
  • If you are asked to turn it down - TURN IT DOWN! If you don’t the next person to ask may be the police.

Have a funpacked but very !QUIET! year. See you next month