Guest Student Blogger: Off-Campus Guests
About the blogger: Andrew is a sophomore in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, studying economics and communications. Andrew hopes to one day work in the business side of the medical field and provide medical services/products in hard-to-reach areas across the world. He will be blogging about his experiences as a student searching for an off-campus apartment.
"Off-Campus Guest Etiquette" A text flashes across the screen of your phone: “Party at the house tonight, come at 10 PM.” You can’t help but smile with excitement for what will be a fun night! But while you’re living it up off-campus, make sure you’re being the perfect guest to both your hosts and their neighborhood.
Here are some "do’s" and "dont’s" for off-campus guests:
#1. DON’T invite everyone you know! Sure, rolling deep to a party may seem like lot of fun. But no one likes a sweaty, overcrowded house. Instead only bring friends who were also invited or ask your host how many can tag along with you to their apartment.
#2. DO walk in a group but be courteous to neighbors. While your night is getting started, a lot of local residents are ending theirs. So stick with your squad but make sure you don’t get too loud.
#3. DON’T bring open containers outside. It’s just not worth the police arrest. Finish your drink and throw it out in the trash. Neighbors and student renters do not want trash in their neighborhoods.
#4. DO raise the roof. You work hard at BC, so go ahead, bust a move and have a great time with your friends! Just make sure your fun doesn't negatively impact you or those around you.
#5. DON’T hang around outside, stay inside or leave. Police take notice and stop if they see a lot of people outside a house. And they didn’t come to have fun. Large crowds often disturb neighbors and will certainly get the attention of the police.
#6. DO stay calm and patiently exit if BCPD or Boston Police come. If police arrive at the house, please do not cause trouble for yourself or your hosts! Politely follow instructions, and if told to leave, calmly walk out the front door and continue your night elsewhere.
#7. DON’T leave a friend behind. There’s always that one friend who turned up a little too much. Make sure they get back to their room safely, and seek help if they become sick. BC has a help-seeking policy where you can request assistance without fear of conduct sanctions.
You represent Boston College wherever you go, so have fun but act responsibly.
Stick to these rules and you’ll be sure to get invited back!