Joining a Community
When you rent housing, you are entering into a contract with more people than just your landlord; you are entering into a social contract with your neighbors. Antagonism with those living nearby can be time-consuming and a source of aggravation for all concerned. Considerate and courteous behavior can lead you into neighborhood friendships that will expand your sphere of experience and enrich your stay in Ithaca.
Make an effort to meet your neighbors, especially if they are not students. Establishing a pleasant relationship early will help to avoid friction in the future. There's now more secure feeling than knowing you have a neighbor to help you if you've got a problem. Most neighbors are glad to help and even need help sometimes themselves. Living in the neighborhoods surrounding Ithaca College is an experience that you will remember your entire life. Remember to be a good neighbor and your stay in the community will be an enriching one.