Many towns have ordinances in place to maintain a high quality of life for residents. Regulations regarding noise, parking, pet control, garbage, and recycling are just a few examples. Check your town’s municipal code for specific information regarding any of these laws.
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Good Neighbor Guide
Living off campus brings different responsibilities from living in a residence hall. The Good Neighbor Guide provides tips for getting along while living off campus in New Brunswick.
Respect for your neighbors is an important part of off-campus life. Living in a neighborhood is a very different experience from living in a residence hall. While many of your neighbors might be students, you are also sharing a community with residents such as a retired couple, a family with little children, or a young professional. Consider the circumstances of your fellow residents and understand that loud music, unclean surroundings, and late-night disturbances are disrespectful to others.
Common complaints about off-campus students have to do with noise disturbances. Understand that your neighbors may have different habits, schedules, tastes, and lifestyles from you. Just as you would not want to hear your neighbor’s lawnmower at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning, they most likely don’t want to hear your stereo playing loud music at 3:00 a.m. Check your town’s specific municipal code regarding noise ordinances.
If you have a pet, check on your town’s licensing regulations. Getting a pet license may help if your pet is ever lost. Many towns also offer educational programs and spay/neuter and rabies clinics.
New Brunswick and Highland Park offer coordinated efforts for animal control. Find more information about dog and cat licensing and animal control information at the city’s animal control department.