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The Panther's Guide to Living Off Campus

» Being a Good Neighbor in Your Community

As you move into your new place, don’t forget that you’re now part of a community. The people who live next door, the people down the block, the people behind you — get to know them, and let them get to know you!

Introduce yourself

This is the easiest way to break the ice with your neighbors. This lets them get to know you as an individual and not clump you in as “just another Chapman student.”
If you really want to score some points, bring some cookies over with a note introducing yourselves and include your phone numbers in case they need to reach you. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way!

Be approachable and create open lines of communication

Say “hello” when you see your neighbors! It’s simple, but it can make a huge difference in the relationships that you build within your community.

Lend a hand, if you can

Offer to help your neighbors with bringing in groceries or moving heavy furniture. Not only will they appreciate it, but they might return the favor when you find yourself in need of a hand!

If you decide to host a gathering…

Give your neighbors a heads up. Make sure they have your contact information in case any issues arise and share your plan to manage noise and traffic to minimize any disruptions.

What’s with this “party ordinance” anyway?

The City of Orange has a disturbance ordinance that prohibits hosting a knowingly loud and unruly party and/or one that allows underage drinking. Fines and sanctions can be issued from the City and from Chapman University for any violations. For questions, contact Off-Campus Housing at (714) 997-6593.

Respect differences

Be aware that late night activities and certain outdoor decor may not be embraced by all who live in your area. Please be respectful of your neighbors’ right to a peaceful living experience, especially when it comes to noise. While it might not seem late to you, loud noises at 11 p.m. can be tough for neighbors with kids.

Important Contacts

+ - Police and Public Safety

  • Emergencies - 911
  • Orange Police Department (non-emergency) - (714) 744-7444
  • Orange Fire Department (non-emergency) - (714) 633-1313
  • Chapman University Public Safety - (714) 997-6763
  • Chapman University Fire & Life Safety - (714) 744-7875

+ - Health Resources

  • Student Health Services - (714) 997-6851
  • Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) - (714) 997-6778
  • Orange County Behavioral Health Information - (855) 625-4657
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - (800) 273-8255

+ - Landlord/Tenant Information

  • County of Orange Fair Housing Council - (714) 569-0823
  • Chapman University Off-Campus Housing - (714) 997-6593

+ - Utilities

  • Southern California Edison - (800) 655-4555
  • SoCalGas - (877) 238-0092
  • Trash (CR&R) - (714) 372-8272
  • Water Services - (714) 744-2233

+ - Contacts at Chapman