Welcome to the Ottawa Community
Congratulations on signing a lease and taking an important step as an independent adult! Becoming a member of the Ottawa community comes with several privileges and responsibilities.
As a Carleton student you are a reflection of the University, if your actions negatively affect your neighbours the consequences can affect the entire Carleton community. Carleton relies on community members to hire co-op students, attend varsity games, and make donations.
Carleton wants you to have a successful experience off-campus, so it is important that you are aware of what you can do be a good neighbour and maintain a good reputation within the community.
How to Be a Good Neighbour
Being a good neighbour reduces unneeded stress, creates a community feeling and makes for a more pleasurable off-campus experience. Some things that will help you to have a successful off-campus experience are as follows:
Introduce yourself to your neighbours, get to know them and their lifestyle. Foster good relationships by offering to rake leaves, shovel snow, etc.
Your neighbours may have children or varying values. As a result, it’s important to be mindful of habits like swearing and drinking in public areas. To be respectful you can move such activities indoors.
Handle problems maturely
Be polite and make sure any interactions that you have with your neighbours are positive. This will make it more likely that you will reach a compromise. Try and listen openly and see things from their perspective.
Take care of your yard
Be aware of how the appearance of your front lawn affects your neighbours reactions to you. Keeping garbage and furniture off your lawn shows your neighbours that you are willing to do your part to maintain the appearance of the community.
Limit number of guests and keep the party indoors after 11 pm. Let your neighbours know ahead of time so they are not caught by surprise.
If you run into problems there are a number of resources available to help.