You have just moved into your new home where lots of different students with different backgrounds, lifestyles and expectations are also now living. It can be a bit of a culture shock! So a few tips to settle in with your new flatmates.
It's a good idea to get a few ground rules set with your flatmates early on in Welcome Week to agree on allocating space in the fridge, recycling, washing up, cleaning/cooking rotas, guests staying over, parties and what's acceptable in terms of noise levels. We ask that noise is kept to a minimum after 10pm during the week, midnight at weekends. It is worth noting that persistent noise complaints will lead to disciplinary action.
The Student Resident Assistants can help you complete a Community Living Agreement which helps flatmates agree basic guidelines.
If problems do arise speak to your Student Resident Assistants with all the flatmates and resolve any difficulties early on.
We completely respect your privacy, which means your room is your responsibility.
It also means that it's up to you to keep the place clean and tidy.
If you live in Adam Smith, Wavell and Fyfe - generally, the cleaners will:
- Clean communal wash areas
- Clean public areas
- Clean kitchens
We clean communal stairwells of North Court, South House, Keith House, Grant Court, New Carnegie Court, Hector Boece Court, Elphinstone Road and King's Hall but do not clean the flats.
Creating a cleaning rota with your flat mates is a good idea to make sure your home is kept spick and span! Flats are inspected 3 times a year. The Student Resident Assistants (SRAs) can help you draw up a cleaning rota.
Keep the flat tidy and take any recycling out to the bins.
It is your responsibility to take all bottles to the bottle banks provided.
- Disciplinary Action
Leaflets and flyers are not permitted to be handed out or left without prior permission. Anyone found handing out or leaving leaflets for nightclubs, promoters, societies etc will face disciplinary action. All posts on Facebook promoting nightclubs will also be removed without notice. If you are unsure if you are allowed to leave flyers, please ask at the reception desk for clarification.
From the Academic Quality Handbook:
Disciplinary offences under the University's Code of Practice on Student Discipline incur three levels of penalties. Examples in each case include, but are not restricted by:
- Minor vandalism
- Minor antisocial behaviour
- Tampering with fire safety equipment
- Verbal abuse to staff
- Threatening or offensive antisocial behaviour
Class three - eviction from halls, expulsion from University
- Physical assault of staff or student
- Carrying an offensive weapon
It's not hard to show a bit of respect and that's all we ask really. It's up to you to look after your room or flat, all the communal areas and to take responsibility for the behaviour of your guests. Be careful not to damage any walls or woodwork with Blu Tack, drawing pins and sellotape. charges will apply, so it's really not worth it. For a list of charges please view the Your Home Booklet on your eAccommodation portal.
University accommodation is very safe, and you’ll be pleased to hear that all University of Aberdeen student accommodation has a basic personal contents insurance cover from Endsleigh Insurance.
Your personal insurance certificate is available from the Endsleigh website and the level of cover is detailed on the certificate.
Laptops, mobile telephones and bicycles are the most common items stolen from students. Look after your property before someone else does!
If you want to extend the level of insurance to cover bikes and cars etc. or need to make a claim, then get in touch with Endsleigh via the website.
Make use of the bike racks and sheds located on the accommodation sites, and always secure your bicycle with a good strong lock to a fence, tree or railing when unattended, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Never leave property visible in your car. A coat or bag in the back sear could tempt a thief to break in. Try to park in busy well lit areas.
If you are a resident on the ground floor, ensure that your windows and doors are locked on every occasion the room is unoccupied.
Remember to lock your doors when you leave your room. You never know when a thief is going to strike.
If you go out in the evening or home for the weekend, you can leave your key or key card at reception. If you lose key or key-card, let reception know straight away so they can sort out a replacement. Try not to let it happen though because we will have to charge you.
There's only so long you can get away with not washing your clothes and fortunately we have launderettes on site!
The Hillhead launderettes are open 24 hours a day.
Cards can be purchased from the dispensers located in the launderettes at Hillhead. The prices for the cards are £2 for a card only or you can purchase a card for £10 (with £8.50 preloaded credit). Our laundries are all cashless. You can add credit as and when you need it from the Circuit website. Please note that laundry facility charges will increase on an annual basis.
You will also be able to view the availability of the washing and drying machines online.
Make sure you keep your card safe, as any replacements for lost or stolen cards will have to be paid for by you.
We'll do our best to let you know in advance if any maintenance is going to be carried out, but from time to time we might need to access your room without prior warning. In addition, we carry out additional room inspections but will give you prior warning for these.
If you require to report a maintenance fault/damage or faulty equipment, this can be done via the eAccommodation Portal.
- Planning a Party?
You'll make loads of friends while you're here and you'll probably want to invite some of them over from time to time.
Don't annoy your neighbours... book an official party.
Book an official party by getting a form from the SRAs. Parties are permitted in the TV lounges in Adam Smith, Wavell and Fyfe Houses but you must fill up a booking form and agree to the conditions - ie you are responsible for any mess and the behaviour of your guests. Parties are allowed until 10pm Sunday - Thursday and until 12am Friday and Saturday.
It's also worth checking out the full Disciplinary Procedures before you set a date for your soiree. You can download a copy from your eAccommodation portal.
Smoking (this includes electronic cigarettes and vaping) is not allowed in accommodation blocks, public areas and University buildings. Please be considerate to your neighbours and don't smoke near windows or at the entrances to your block. Smoking within your room or flat will result in disciplinary action, an automatic fine of £50 and charges for additional cleaning and redecorating. For a list of charges please view the Your Home Booklet on your eAccommodation portal.