Being a good neighbour

Whether you’re living in private accommodation or University halls, we want you to be a valued member of the local community and feel happy where you live.

The guidance below will help you to keep yourself and your neighbours safe, and contains information on conduct in the community. 

COVID-19 guidance: protecting the vulnerable

A diverse range of people live in the local area, some of whom may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We must all  make a commitment to protect the health and safety of the wider community.

Once you’re here, you need to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should follow UK government guidance at all times.

Restrictions on socialising with others in Manchester

You should follow UK government guidance at all times, including restrictions currently in place in Greater Manchester on socialising. Due to these restrictions, you may only mix indoors with others from your own household. A household means the people you live with - this means anyone you share a bathroom and/or a kitchen with, whether this is in halls of residence or private accommodation.

The police can take action against those that break these rules and meet in larger groups, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (fines) of up to £6,400.

If you hold, or are involved in holding an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the poilce can issue fines of £10,000.

Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines may also be subject to University disciplinary action.

Noise and anti-social behaviour

As a Mancunian, whether adopted or born and bread, you’ll be a member of the community and it’s important to remember that your lifestyle may be different to your neighbours. Don’t forget the people who live near you may be elderly, have children, or even health problems. They may even be students themselves with important deadlines to meet.

Parties or rowdy behaviour can be extremely disruptive and damaging to the community and are currently subject to increased restrictions.

We take complaints about students in the community very seriously, and we work closely with partnership agencies, such as Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council to respond to these.

If you or your housemates are being affected by noise don’t be afraid to report the issue. You have the full support of the student partnership.

Waste and recycling in private accommodation

When you’re living in private accommodation, getting to grips with bins can be confusing, especially as there may be a different system at your previous address.

You can order free recycling bins from Manchester City Council, but if your main black bin goes missing, you’ll be charged for a replacement.

Make sure you play your part and manage your waste and recycling properly.

Housing advice

Manchester Student Homes is a free University-run service that provides housing advice and support to students living off campus in privately rented accommodation.

You can come to them with any housing issues you have, whether it be finding a home or dealing with a problem with your landlord. 

They can provide expert advice on how to resolve the issue or in more serious cases act as an advocate or mediator in disputes.

Manchester Student Homes also accredit landlords and private halls to ensure that they meet strict standards in regard to accommodation and management practices. If you have an issue with an accredited landlord or hall, Manchester Student Homes can investigate and ensure that they’re compliant with their Code of Standards.

Find out more about the services Manchester Student Homes offers.

Safety off campus

Manchester Student Homes works closely with Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue on campaigns to educate students about keeping yourselves and homes safe.

Sadly, student areas are often targeted by criminals so it’s vital that you keep yourself safe and your belongings secure. A high percentage of burglaries result from unlocked windows and doors. Take some simple steps to ensure you don’t make life easier for thieves.

Concerns or witnessed incidents, should be reported directly to Greater Manchester Police. Residents can contact 999 for an emergency or 101 for non-emergency. You can also do this online Don’t forget reports about breaches of social distancing guidelines should also be reported to the police.

Volunteering in your community

Over recent months, our students have provided lots of support to the Manchester community, either through volunteering or working tirelessly to support our NHS. We recognise that the start of the academic year will be different, but don’t forget that there are a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved and feel a part of Manchester.

Vice Chancellors’ and Students’ Union leaders’ joint commitment

This is a special time in the university calendar, where we welcome new students to campus for the first time as well as welcoming many more back. This September though is like no other, not just for our students, but also for the communities in which they live and study.

Across our universities, staff and students have worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19 – many on the front line in healthcare, volunteering, or at the sharp end of research to treat those suffering with the virus or to protect those at risk.

This commitment to fighting COVID-19 continues as we bring students back on to campus and surrounding areas in our cities. As new and returning students join our community, we remind them of their responsibilities in minimising the transmission of the virus in our city region and in acting as ambassadors for our universities in the areas where they live and socialise.

We continue to work with public health bodies, the NHS and regional and national government to put COVID safety measures, guidance and regulations in place across our universities.

Joining campuses and surrounding areas will start to bring normality to lives that have been significantly disrupted over the last six months, but it must be done safely and sustainably.  Together we commit to ‘doing our bit’ for Greater Manchester and we ask our students to do the same.

  • Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, Royal Northern College of Music
  • Professor George Holmes, President and Vice Chancellor, the University of Bolton
  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester
  • Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Salford
  • Evelyn Sweeney, President, Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union
  • Cara Houghton, President, Royal Northern College of Music Students’ Union
  • Ansh Sachdeva, President, University of Bolton Students’ Union
  • Kwame Kwarteng, General Secretary, University of Manchester Students’ Union
  • Temi Adebayo, President, University of Salford Students’ Union