Getting involved with your community
Moving from halls into private accommodation can be an exciting time for many students. Renting a house or flat with friends and living in the community will be a big part of your university life. Having your own place will give you much more freedom and independence, but this independence comes with a lot more responsibility. Below are a few key ideas for engaging with your community:
Getting to know your neighbours will help you get off to a good start, especially as you will be living side by side for at least the next year. It is important to remember that many of the people living in your neighbourhood will not be students. Taking the time to introduce yourself is a good first step and will make communication much easier throughout your tenancy.
Many neighbourhoods have resident/community associations, where local residents meet regularly to discuss local issues. These meetings will sometimes be attended by police staff or local councillors. Attending your local resident group meeting would give you an opportunity to find out more about the issues affecting your local community. Contact Rory Cunningham if you would like to know more about residents groups in your area.
Students already involved in many volunteering projects throughout the city with help from Exeter Community Volunteers - the student volunteering organisation within the Exeter University Student's Guild. Becoming a volunteer within your community can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. Volunteering also provides an important way to add valuable work experience to your CV and increase your employability.
Establishing your own community project would provide a great opportunity to get involved in your local community. The StreetWise fund (Exeter) can be accessed by students, community organisations and local agencies to develop innovative projects that encourage social harmony between students and permanent local residents.
The scheme was officially launched in January 2009 – application details are available on our StreetWise Fund webpage or by post. It is recommended that you speak with Rory Cunningham to discuss your application before applying.