Living off campus can be an exciting part of the college experience, but it also comes with many responsibilities as a tenant, neighbor and community member. It is important that you demonstrate qualities associated with being a respectful neighbor and display a positive image of Bemidji State University. Understanding and practicing civility and being a positive neighbor will contribute to a positive experience for both you and the community. Here’s some tips to help:
Get To Know Your Neighbors
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors right away by stopping door-to-door.
A simple hello goes a long way to building positive relationships. It will be easier to resolve problems later if you know each other
- Exchange phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information with your neighbors so you can get contact each other in case of emergency.
Keep Your Property Clean & Neat
- Respect your neighbors and maintain your property so that it is a positive reflection of the community.
- Follow the expectations regarding trash and recycling.
- Indoor furniture should not be left in your yard.
- Maintain your lawn and keep your driveway and sidewalks clear of snow.
Resolving Conflicts with Neighbors
- Resolve conflicts with neighbors through courteous and mature discussion
- Invite your neighbor over for a leisurely cup of coffee to discuss concerns
- Listen, share openly and compromise.
- Take responsibility for the problems you have caused
- Try to come to agreements regarding past issues and future expectations as neighbors
- Involve others if your efforts are unsuccessful.
What Do Good Neighbors Do
- Offer to help neighbors with yard work (raking leaves, snow removal, etc.)
- Help with moving or bringing items into houses
- Offer to pick up items at the store when you go
- Volunteer in your community – get involved
- Watch your neighbor’s house and property in their absence
- Pet sit when neighbors leave
- Stop by with cookies, bread or other treats just because