You have arrived feeling refreshed after the summer break. Apart from coming to grips with lectures and essays there is the return to student living.

For those of you who live off campus this will mean a return to domestic chores and either saying hello to old neighbours or ignoring them. But there are some great benefits to introducing yourself to them. If you are likely to have a party and become friendly with them then the chances are they will show more tolerance if it gets too loud and goes on till the early hours, otherwise they might just phone the police! And wouldn’t you prefer them to join in the fun then have the police turn up?

If you run out of staples like sugar or need some tools to fix a desk or shelves then you know who to ask. And if you spend a lot of time on campus or away at the weekends you can always ask them to keep an eye on your house. But you also need to show kindness in return and with more and more people living alone why not see if there is anything you can do to help them? Also have a little consideration to those around you, noise, overflowing bins, recycling and parking can all cause problems with your neighbours. HUU has these tips on the do’s and don’ts of being a good neighbour.