You are about to start looking for a place of your own – a place that will be your home for the coming months or years.
This will be where you eat, sleep, study and relax. Depending on your specific wants and needs, there are many things to consider.
Good luck in finding your new home!
1.1 Good Neighbour Guidelines
High numbers of our full-time undergraduates’ students live off campus, many of them in the communities surrounding the University. In addition to student housing in these communities, a variety of people live in the area: senior citizens, families with children and single professionals. Because University students constitute an important segment of the population in the surrounding area, the impact of students’ conduct in the community is of major concern.
As far as the other community members are concerned, students represent the University, even when they are off campus. We ask students to be considerate of their neighbours, especially keeping in mind that students’ schedules may differ considerably from other residents’ schedules. Also, please be aware of community issues such as noise, parking, waste management, property upkeep and alcoholic usage.
1.2 Good Neighbour Tips
When moving into a community, students must consider the needs and desired environment of those who already live there. Students are often short-term residents who move frequently and those who have chosen to live in an area long-term often feel invested in their neighbourhood and community at large. Often, interests and lifestyles of short-term and long-term residents conflict, with each party not fully understanding or investing in building a positive relationship. It is therefore important to be a goodcitizen.
Being a citizen and being a good citizen are far from the same thing: a good citizen and exhibiting signs of good citizenship are far more removed from the legal distinction of being a citizen in a society. A student must then strive for the following:
1.2.1 Community Involvement
Communities are vital to cultures and a country’s proper functioning of governance. Regardless of how modern communities function, as a student you should promote good citizenship in the communities in which you reside, resulting in evidence, local ties and bringing people together in both good and bad times. This action exhibits signs of good citizenship.
People and students who volunteer exhibit signs of good citizenship. There are many different ways of volunteering, taking reference from students involved in RAG and Give foundations. Volunteers are good citizens for the simple reason that they give back to the community without taking anything away.
Therefore good citizenship should be evident in everything you do and say. You, as student, should strive to be good citizens in your words and actions – smiling at people in the street and thanking the shopkeeper as he or she hands you your change are examples of how you can be better citizens. Above all, good citizenship is about putting the needs of the community and the needs of others above your own preferences. In summary, these are some starting points on how to be a good citizen:
Follow the rules of your landlord, your institution and your society.
Show an interest in your neighbours. Make an effort to meet them and learn their names. Greet your neighbours. Find out what is important to them: learn about their families, interests and needs. Ask your neighbour for help when you need it. Likewise, be receptive to their requests for help. Strive to be an approachable and friendly person.
Keep your apartment, home, and property clean at all times. Trash attracts bugs and/or animals and detracts from the appearance of the community. Your neighbours have chosen this community as their home and take pride in. Keep parked cars to a minimum and be aware of the ability of others to get in and out of their driveways without their view being obstructed. Cars should be parked in the street or in your driveway – not on the lawn. Watch your noise levels. Families with children need a quiet environment in order to keep to bedtime routines. Loud music or cars, shouting individuals or increased traffic will disrupt your neighbours.
Take responsibility for your guests. Instruct them on the need for respect of your neighbour’s property and desired environment. Get involved with your block or neighbourhood association. Be an active part of the decision-making in your community.
One of the biggest issues that the community members have is partying and/or noise. It is usually a neighbour who calls when a party gets too loud, moves outside or becomes too crowded.
Here are some suggestions if you are planning a social event:
4.1 Prohibited Conduct
Any misconduct committed off campus is subject to disciplinary action.
Questions to Consider
Always inspect the property before signing a lease or make any commitments
5.1 What kind of rental unit do you want to live in?
5.2 What are your transportation needs?
5.3 What are your privacy needs?
5.4 What can you afford?
5.5 What about furniture?
Most student accommodation has the necessary furniture such as:
5.6 What are your security requirements?
It is important to develop a roommate “Bill of Rights”: you, your roommate and your housemates need:
Whether the agent have already selected you a roommate or are in the process of finding one, it is often helpful to discuss your common concerns. You can reduce the likelihood of disagreements by coming to some basic agreements about your living arrangements.
7.1 Possible Negative Roommate/Housemate Situations
7.2 Things to Consider
7.3 Tips on Reducing Tension between Roommates/Housemates
Remember that an individual entering into any kind of rental agreement should make an effort to know all rights and responsibilities. Communicate with one another. It is important to be honest with each other.
Follow these steps to begin the process:
11.1 Exterior Doors
Exterior doors and windows should:
11.2 Sliding Glass Doors and Windows
11.4 Keep Your Safety in Mind
11.5 Off-Campus Housing Security Checklist
Along the exterior of the building:
11.6 Doorways and Windows within the Unit
11.7 Other Considerations
Note that electricity consumption are limited per household (refer to your contract on the maximum limit per month) to an amount per student per month.
12.1 Arrangements on prepaid electricity.
One person in the commune should take responsibility for the prepaid meter and check the units on a frequent basis to ensure that you don’t run out of electricity at night or over weekends. Should this happen prepaid electricity can be bought at any PnP, most garages and Spar (almost all trading stores sells prepaid electricity).
If you buy your own electricity make sure you have the correct meter number with you as you will need the meter number before you can purchase electricity. The meter number can be found on the meter.
Notify agent/owner well in advance if your electricity units are low (DO NOT WAIT UNTILL YOUR LAST UNITS RUN OUT). This will give agent/owner sufficient time to create and send you a new electricity coupon. Bear in mind that systems could be off line, sometimes for hours or days.
Before leaving for the school holidays make sure that the units on your meter are sufficient to last for the duration of your holiday. This is very important as food in fridges can spoil or rot and on your return you will be welcomed by a terrible smell of rotten meat etc.
12.2Tips on how to save electricity.
Switch off lights that are unnecessarily on (e.g. outside lights).
Switch off all electrical appliances when leaving your room or any other room in the commune.
Limit heaters to a minimum during winter.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HEATER ON WHEN LEAVING YOUR ROOM.
DO NOT USE APPLIANCES LIKE STOVES AND OVENS AS A HEATER.
Do not use heaters during peak hours of the day (e.g. 7-9am and 4-8pm).
Bar heaters and oil heaters are heavy on electricity and should not be used, when purchasing a heater ask your supplier to advise you on cost effective heaters.
Limit shower/bath time to 10 minutes per person – remember your house mates also need a hot shower.
12.3 How to deal with continual power failures
Unplug all excessive electrical appliances, overloading may cause continuous power failures. Avoid too many electrical appliances in your room.
Check the main switchboard (DB board) and make sure no circuit breakers have tripped.
Check all your electrical appliances and make sure no old or faulty appliances are plugged in, as this can cause power failures. Should agent/ower send an electrician on your request to check the cause of the problem and it is found that it was caused by faulty equipment the cost will be for your account.
13.1 Selection of “Sub wardens”
Each commune should vote for a sub warden of their choice that will represent his/her commune and will be the communication between agent/owner and the commune, we would like to have the names and cell numbers of the sub wardens as soon as possible.
Responsibilities of sub wardens (make the necessary arrangements to get the following in order):
13.2 Cleaning Program
All student houses/communes should have a cleaning service and a roaster of days and times when cleaning services are done and by whom (roasters can be obtained from our offices).
All students should make the following contribution to general cleaning products:
Black refusal bags
If any of the above items are supplied by agent/owner cost will be charged to student accounts.
13.3 Responsibilities of Cleaning Staff
Kitchen: Clean surface area, sweep/mob floors, wash dustbin, clean stove and microwave (oven monthly), clean fridge monthly, dust*. NO DISHES WILL BE DONE BY ANY CLEANING STAFF
Lounge: Vacuum/mob and dust* (move all furniture from walls) wipe light switches.
Passage: Mob/Vacuum and dust* wipe light switches, dust*.
Bathrooms: Wash bathtub, scrub showers, clean mirrors, wash toilet, dust*
Stoop&Courtyard, outside: Sweep/mob stoop areas, clean courtyard, clean dustbins, clean drain areas, wipe/sweep windowsills.
Laundry: Clean laundry area at least every 2 weeks
Bedrooms: Enter maximum once a week. Vacuum/sweep&mob move furniture from walls, dust* (Cleaners are not allowed to enter any rooms without supervision or permission from the owner of the room, agent/owner will take no responsibility for lost items).
(*dust: all windowsills, curtain rails and light fittings)
We want you to have a good experience at any residence. In order to ensure this, it will be helpful if you remember these points:
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