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Community

Life in the Community

By sophiebk 29 May 2020



Moving in to your own home is an exciting time for every student. Many areas close to the University have a high proportion of students living within them, but no area could be considered as being ‘student only’. To help you settle into the local community and make the most of your time there we would recommend being considerate of your neighbours and the community you are moving in to. 

Say Hello

Your neighbours could be students like you but they could also be young professionals managing a 9 - 5, ill or elderly people or a family with young children. When you first move in be sure to follow the social distancing guidelines at all times, but where safe and appropriate we would recommend introducing yourself. You’ll be living next to each other for a year, and community is more important now than ever before. Ask questions about the street and the area, in particular practical things you might need to know like when the bins go out or if there is anything you need to be aware of now you live there.

Parties and Gatherings

Under current Covid 19 restrictions you should only meet people you do not live with in 3 types of groups:

  • in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
  • single adult households can form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
  • you can also meet in a group of 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

You can see more guidance from the government here. Please remember you may have neighbours who are elderly, shielding or working from home, so be considerate with your noise levels and sensitive to the fact that unruly behaviour has the potential to cause a lot of upset and anxiety. Large gatherings in your home are not permitted but you can see our advice on how to host others responsibly here.

Stay Safe

It is extremely important that you take safety and security in your new home seriously. Remember, thieves operate at all hours so be sensible whether you're in the house or leaving for the day. Don't invite unwanted guests into your home by leaving your windows or doors unsecured and follow the below steps to minimise any risk:

  • Speak to your landlord or agent immediately if you are unsure about how to use any of the locks, if they are faulty or if keys are missing. 
  • Be careful who you let into the communal areas and don't let people follow you into the property if you don't know who they are.

  • Don't leave your valuables on show and register them on www.immobilise.com, where you can record all of the serial numbers of your goods. If they are stolen the Police will work with second hand stores to try and retrieve your belongings.

  • Don't leave the packaging from expensive goods you have bought outside next to your bin, instead take it to a recycling bin or to the tip.

  • If there is access at the back of the property, always make sure that gates are locked and fences are secure.

Get Involved

Many of the residential areas which are popular with students have a local residents group and you are welcome to join these groups, enabling you to have your say in your local area and to support local community initiatives.

Some details of local groups are below:

Dales residents

Covering the ‘Dales’ roads around Smithdown Road. More information here.

Friends of Greenbank Park

Working to protect and enhance the jewel in Greenbank's crown. Regular meetings, planting, litter picks and other volunteer opportunities. Members of all ages from within the local community. More information here and contact the chair (Roberta Peak) via this email address: friendsofgreenbankpark@gmail.com

The Avenues Neighbourhood Network

For residents of the ‘Avenues’ area off Ullet Road, close to Sefton Park, in L17. Find out more here.

The Banks Neighbourhood Group

Residents' group for the "Banks" network of streets surrounding Greenbank Park. Various community events throughout the year. Students living in the Banks or Greenbank Halls are welcome to get involved. You can email the Chair (Ian Skillicorn) to find out more via this email address: banksneighbourhoodgroup@gmail.com     

If you are interested in getting involved in volunteering you can see some opportunities listed on the Guild Website here. If you are aware of any other great volunteering or collaboration opportunities in the wider community please email us: hallslife@liverpool.ac.uk