Off-campus living in a neighborhood is a lot different from living in a residence hall on campus. You’re part of a community with all kinds of people: families with kids, retirees, professionals, as well as other students. A peaceful home is something everyone in the neighborhood has a right to enjoy. Mutual respect and goodwill are easy to earn with a little bit of effort.
- Greeting your neighbors, introducing yourself, and waving are ways to start building good relationships.
- Give your contact info to your neighbors and ask for theirs. Many problems can be avoided or solved with a phone call.
- Show respect and consideration for your neighbors by keeping your yard and porch clean, playing music at a reasonable volume, and avoiding late-night noise.
Play it Safe
Theft can happen quickly, but here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from burglary—or something more serious.
- Don’t leave valuables unattended. Keep a list of the serial numbers of laptops, bicycles, stereos, and other valuables. Take photos of jewelry and other unique items.
- Lock your doors and first floor windows, and leave a light on when you go out.
- Stay alert by limiting alcohol consumption. People under the influence are much more likely to be victims of a serious crime.
- If you walk, walk with friends and stick to well-lit paths. Consider whether it’s advisable to take a taxi, rideshare car, or campus transportation. If you go to a party with a group, come home with the same group.
- Keep your phone charged so it’s ready if you need it in an emergency. IUPD encourages all students to download the Guardian safety app.
- Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
- See something, say something. If it looks out of place, report it.
- If you’re sick, don’t go partying. Bloomington has seen an increase in reported cases of diseases like measles and mumps in recent years. Learn the signs and symptoms of these and other common diseases.