Rude neighbors and roommates are kind of a rite of passage for college students. We’ve all been there. It’s 2:00 a.m. on a weeknight and you can’t get any sleep because your neighbor is blasting music at full volume. What do you do? You don’t want to just lie there and take it like a doormat, but you don’t want to be a complete jerk about it either.
Here are some tips for dealing with a noisy neighbor:
Be On Good Terms
You should try to stay on good terms with your neighbors no matter how noisy they are. There are two main reasons for this. First, they probably throw really good parties, so stay on their good side and you might get invited to the next one. On a more serious note, your neighbors are more likely to respect your wishes if they know and like you. If you are just some random neighbor who likes to complain, you will probably be ignored. Also, try to exchange phone numbers so you can just send a polite text message next time things get out of hand. Your neighbors might not even realize just how loud they are.
Pick Your Battles
Don’t complain every time you hear a little noise coming from next door. The last thing you want is to start a rivalry between you and your neighbors. Save your complaints for when things get absolutely ridiculous. Like when it’s 1:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and you have an exam in 8 hours.
The same way nobody likes a noisy neighbor, nobody likes a nosey neighbor, either. If you respect your neighbors’ personal space and let some things slide, your complaints will be taken more seriously when they need to be.
Don’t Leave Notes
Nobody likes coming home to a passive-aggressive note from their neighbor. If you are having problems with someone in your building, be sure to confront them face to face in a calm and reasonable manner. Explain how the noise level is affecting you and politely ask them to keep it down in the future. You’d be surprised at how accommodating people can be when they are treated with respect and given the benefit of the doubt.
If all else fails and the noise doesn’t stop, report your neighbor to the landlord, property manager or resident advisor. They will probably send a warning first and take more serious action if the problem persists. You can also request to switch units so you won’t have to live near the offending neighbor, just be careful as you could end up in a worse situation.
Always check your community's policy for reporting a noise complaint. Some properties will have a special after-hours number to call at night. If you're a CVI resident with a noisy neighbor, report it here.
Dealing With Noisy Neighbors
The key to dealing with noisy neighbors is ultimately to treat them like you would want to be treated. Be the bigger person and always remain polite and reasonable. Just don’t sink to their level and make even more noise or you could end up getting a notice from your landlord as well.
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