Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood
The goal of the Pride In Your Shared Neighbourhood Committee is to help foster a positive relationship between Saint Mary's University students and our neighbours working together to build a better community.
Here are some tips for what you as neighbours can do to help us all reach this goal:
Don't be shy, say hi! - When you see student neighbours moving in introduce yourself. For many of these students it is their first time living away from home, so make sure they know they've joined a great community. Saying hello breaks the ice and starts a relationship.
Offer them helpful information about the neighbourhood, such as good local vendors, garbage and recycling pick up days, and anything else you think they should know.
Let them know your needs; if your new young neighbours know you have little children or that you get up early weekday mornings for work, they will be more conscious of their noise levels. Establish a good relationship early on to prevent problems from coming up later. You could ask for their phone number and perhaps offer them yours to contact you in case of an emergency and to keep the lines of communication open. Students are neighbours too and so want to be helpful. Ask for help carrying heavy bags, chopping down branches or with your dog. Many students miss being part of a family when they live away and little things like helping out around the property, pushing a car out of a snowbank are ways they can connect with you. If you need help with any aspect of technology from texting to surfing students know and are more than willing to share their knowledge.
If you do have an issue with noise levels getting out of control, you can contact the Halifax Regional Police non-emergency line at 902-490-5020. More information on HRM's Noise Bylaw can be found at Legislation Halifax Regional Municipality
Join In! - There are many events at SMU throughout the year in which you, as neighbours, have the opportunity to participate in. See our News & Events tab to learn more or click on News Releases - Saint Mary's University