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Being a Good Neighbor

It is important for students at WVU to remember that, while they are in school, they are a part of the greater Morgantown community. Neighbors in Morgantown, whether students or permanent residents, share responsibility for keeping Morgantown’s neighborhoods safe, tidy, and peaceful.

  • When you move into a new apartment or house, it’s a good idea to get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
  • Learn your neighbors’ names, should you need their help at some point in the future.
  • Do not use indoor furniture or appliances outside your apartment or house.
  • Obey local traffic laws and stay under or at the speed limit. Remember that your neighbors may have children playing in the area.
  • Please keep the grounds surrounding your apartment or house clean.
  • If you have pets, please take care of them and be courteous of your neighbors, who likely do not want to hear a barking dog late at night. Also, remember to clean up any animal waste. And please have your pets spayed or neutered so they do not add to the pet overpopulation problem.
  • You are responsible for the actions of your guests, so make sure they abide by local ordinances.
  • Remember that noise is a major source of irritation. Keep the party and stereo noises to a minimum. Outside noises, even talking, especially late at night, can be very loud when neighbors are sleeping.
  • Before throwing a party, inform your neighbors and give them your contact information so they may contact you if noise becomes a problem or if they have other concerns.
  • Be aware that there are noise ordinances within city limits. Between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, please keep noise to a minimum. For more information about the City of Morgantown noise ordinance, please visit the City of Morgantown website.
  • Obey local parking regulations.
  • Put your trash in containers and don’t leave empty trash cans on the sidewalk.
  • Most of all, respect and appreciate that community residents have different lifestyles than college students.