After you've signed your lease and moved in, it's time to begin taking part in your new community. Refresh your knowledge and learn something new about personal safety and sustainability.
- Keep an eye out for community events in your area to learn more about your area and interact with your neighbors.
- Get to know your neighborhood and find your nearby grocery stores, places to grab dinner, parks, or study spots.
- Get to know your neighborhood to get a feel for the area where you are living and determine if there are any parts you would want to avoid
- Get involved by volunteering (visit the Center for Community Engagement & Service for opportunities)
- Remember to always be courteous and friendly!
Check out our Good Neighbor Guide graphic [pdf] for advice and tips on being a great neighbor.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors
- If you see something, say something, by reporting all crime and suspicious activity
- Be courteous and polite, especially around neighborhood children
- Be aware of your noise levels
- Keep visible property and community space clean
- Don't let mess from your apartment affect those around you by keeping your trash contained
- Keep your parties under control and let your neighbors know beforehand
- Your pets are your responsibility, so clean up after them and make sure their noise levels don't bother neighbors
- Know your local and community laws
Check out our personal safety graphic [pdf] for advice and tips on staying safe in D.C.
- Walk with another person or a group when possible
- If you must walk alone, stay in well-lit and heavily trafficked areas
- Be aware that if your light is on at night, people can see into your home unless you draw your curtains
- Have your keys ready before you get to your building or house
- Don't be distracted with headphones, and be aware of your surroundings
- Know when the metro closes, since trains run less frequently later in the evening
- It's better to not use an ATM at night, but if you do, use an ATM you are familiar with and that is in a well-lit area
- Be careful when crossing the street and make sure drivers can see you
Check out our going green graphic [pdf] for advice and tips on living green while off campus.
- Bring your own backpack or tote to the store and think about how much you'll carry back to avoid buying items you don't need
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room and save money on electric bills
- Unplug electronics and small appliances when not in use
- Buy fresh and local, and visit the AU Farmers Market on Wednesdays
- Air-dry your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer
- Bring your own mug thermos when going to the coffee shop (you can earn stamps to a free coffee at The Davenport)
- Print double sided to use less paper and reduce waste
- Don't let food go to waste by packing leftovers for lunch
- If your destination is close by, walk to burn calories instead of gasoline
- Use long-lasting, energy-efficient lightbulbs
- Save water by doing larger loads of laundry
- Ditch the plastic and stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle (filtered water stations are all over campus
- Take the metro
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle
Visit the Office of Sustainability for more ideas on living green.