One of the most important things you must do while you are getting settled into your apartment/house is to meet the neighbors. A relationship that starts off on the right foot is more likely to have open communication throughout your time off campus. It is recommended that you exchange phone numbers with your neighbors. Having done this, you are more likely to get a call from them than a visit from the police. When you are away from your apartment for winter and spring breaks, your neighbors will be an asset in maintaining the security of your belongings if you have a positive relationship with them.