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Tips for college students: how to be a good neighbor in Boston

Posted by Catherine Cloutier  August 29, 2013 03:22 PM

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For students who are living off-campus, Elizabeth Leary, director of Community Relations at Boston University, offered advice on how to be a good neighbor in the city of Boston.

Leary said that she expects a lot from the students, and reminds them that they are ambassadors for BU.

“They represent the university no matter where they are, and we expect great things,” Leary said.

-When students first move off-campus, Leary said that they should simply introduce themselves.
“We stress to our students to go out and meet their neighbors, to know the people that live around them,” she said.

-If a neighbor is elderly, make sure to check on them in the cold months. If it snows, offer to help with snow removal.

-Students should be aware of their noise level, particularly if it’s late at night and young children live nearby.

-Leary said that students must remember to not block doorways and to check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

“If they are living in unsafe housing that can be a danger to all of the neighbors,” she said.

-Students should know the days and guidelines for trash and recycling removal.

-Leary also said that students should try to be involved with the community such as through tutoring services or volunteering at the local Boys and Girls club.

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