Break that ‘student stigma’

September 25 2014

MOVING to study in an unfamiliar city - often alone - can be a daunting prospect. But a new campaign aims to welcome students to Bristol by giving essential information on settling in and getting involved in the local community.

MOVING to study in an unfamiliar city - often alone - can be a daunting prospect. But a new campaign aims to welcome students to Bristol by giving essential information on settling in and getting involved in the local community.
'Love Where You Live: Our House, Our Street, Our Community' is run by the Bristol Student Community Partnership, made up of the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, both students' unions, Bristol City Council, and Avon and Somerset Police.
The campaign, supported by the the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Action Fund, consists of an initial eight-week welcome campaign and a 12 month online campaign.
The welcome campaign involves ambassadors knocking on doors in student locations - including Bishopston and Redland - welcoming them to the local community, and promoting messages around waste, safety and noise.
Around 14,000 free bin labels will be supplied to student residents - on which their house number is written - in a bid to prevent confusion over who is responsible for individual bins.
Students will also be encouraged to visit the Love Where You Live website for further information throughout the year.
Whilst the project is mostly targeted towards students moving in to private rented housing for the first time, the website - which launched last month - acts as a vital resource for anyone new to Bristol.
Previously called the 'Moving In' campaign, the project has been running for four years, providing students with key information regarding tenant and landlord responsibilities, the waste calendar, students' union calendar, top tips on how to keep the peace with neighbours, an accommodation guide and community contacts.
Jemma Harford, community engagement coordinator for the partnership, said: "The new campaign is a really big change as to how we're going to be supporting students, and encouraging them to be a part of the local community.
"The new website offers a portal of information on how to love Bristol, as well as other advice, such as how to make complaints, how to get involved in local projects and how to set up new campaigns - both for students and existing residents. It's about breaking down the stigma surrounding students - we want them talking to their neighbours and vice versa."
For more information about the campaign, visit: www.lovewhereyoulivebristol.co.uk. Suggestions on the website's content are welcome.

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