Off-Campus Living

Being a Good Neighbor

There are many privileges to living off campus, but with those privileges also comes responsibility. Xavier University encourages you to be a good neighbor in whatever area outside the university you select to live.

  • Try to meet your neighbors as soon as possible! This will preferably happen within the first week of moving into your new house or apartment. It is a good idea to know your neighbors' names and telephone numbers in case of an emergency or if any other issues arise. Also, make sure to give your neighbors your phone number in case they need to contact you.
  • Before you have a gathering of any kind, contact your neighbors to let them know. Be sure to let them know that they can contact you if the noise is too loud or if they have general concerns.
  • Offer to assist your neighbors if they need help (shoveling driveway, assisting with carrying out the garbage, etc.).
  • Notify neighbors when you are on vacation or break - ask them to keep an eye on the house for you.
  • Be aware of noise levels (music, television, guests), especially early in the morning or at night.
  • If you have more cars than spaces, do not use the yard as extended parking.
  • Park in appropriately marked spaces-never park your car in the yard.
  • Keep your place looking nice - be aware of trash on the porch, lawn etc.
  • Pick up any trash in the yard. Do so for your neighbor's yard as well.
  • Put up the trash can within 12 hours after garbage is collected.
  • Don't overflow your garbage can or recycling unit.
  • Get involved in your neighborhood! Go to neighborhood association meetings, city council meetings, volunteer for local events, etc. Check out the North Avondale Neighborhood Association, the Norwood City Council and the Evanston City Council.