Nottingham is helping students to embrace life off campus. The university is giving students advice on what they need to be aware of when living elsewhere, which should help not just the students, but also the local residents.
“…student ambassadors will be out with representatives from partner agencies to speak to student residents about waste management, crime and fire prevention and being a good neighbour. Following on from this door-to-door activity, both permanent residents and student residents will be invited to local community centres to share coffee and cake and get to know each other.”
I like this idea. Many freshers find it hard enough to live alone for the first time on campus. Moving into a private rental property is another learning curve, which can lead to problems that could have been handled far better with a bit of help and forewarning.
I’d love to hear what other universities are up to when helping students to integrate with the local community when living in off-campus accommodation.