How to be a respected and valued community member

Posted 2 weeks ago

As a first-year undergraduate in halls

Moving into university halls as a first-year undergraduate is an exciting new chapter. To make the most of this experience and become a respected, valued member of your hall community, consider the following tips:

Be friendly and open

Introduce yourself to your neighbours and hall-mates with a smile. Attend welcome events organised by the Warden’s team to meet other residents. Having an open, approachable attitude will help you build connections.

Respect quiet hours and others' study time

Be mindful of noise levels, especially during designated quiet hours (11pm-7am) and exam periods. Use headphones when listening to music or watching videos. Your consideration will be appreciated.

Keep shared spaces clean

Do your part to keep common areas tidy. Clean up after yourself in shared kitchens, pantries, and bathrooms. Taking care of communal spaces shows respect for your fellow residents.

Participate in hall activities

Join in social events, workshops and other activities organised by the Warden and Resident Advisors. This is a great way to meet people and contribute positively to hall life.

Follow hall rules and policies

Familiarise yourself with and abide by the hall handbook and policies. This includes guest policies, fire safety rules, and rules about respect and inclusivity. Demonstrating responsible behaviour earns respect.

Be a considerate neighbour

Respect others' personal space and property. If borrowing items from hall-mates, always ask first and return things promptly. Small courtesies go a long way.

Offer help when you can

Whether it’s helping a neighbour carry groceries or providing notes to someone who missed a lecture, small acts of kindness foster goodwill.

Communicate openly and respectfully

If conflicts arise with roommates or neighbours, address issues calmly and directly. Seek support from your Resident Advisor if needed to mediate disagreements constructively.

Get involved in hall representation

Look out for opportunities to get involved in feedback sessions, committees, focus groups, and other representative roles. Taking an active role in improving hall life is highly valued.

Practice self-care and support others' wellbeing

Take care of your own mental and physical health. Check in on hall-mates who seem to be struggling and encourage them to seek support if needed.

Remember, building a positive hall community is a collective effort. By being considerate, engaged and supportive, you’ll not only enhance your own university experience but also contribute to creating a welcoming environment for all residents. Your efforts to be a good community member will be recognised and appreciated by both fellow students and hall staff.