Ottawa's South Keys neighbourhood is getting noisier with an influx of new student neighbours, with some residents complaining of rowdy parties that have been keeping the community awake at odd hours.

Southgate Road and the surrounding streets are just a quick O-Train ride away from Carleton University, making the district popular among students.

But some residents who have lived in the area for years say the behaviour of their new, young neighbours is getting out of hand — to the degree that the police have started showing up.

"Partying. And they broke furniture; threw it out on the lawn," recounted Brunhilde Sauter, an area resident.

"It's kind of scary, you know, when the police come and you don't know what's going on and what are they going to do?"

While Sauter concedes the late-night parties aren't happening all the time, it's enough of a nuisance that the South Keys Greenboro Community Association is prepared to take action.

All part of growing up

Marnie McKinstry, the president of the association, said it will begin proactive walkabouts next month in partnership with bylaw officers and police.

"Some of the concerns we've been hearing from the neighbourhood are mainly with regard to noise disturbances in the evenings," McKinstry said.

The message, she said, is that "just like any other neighbourhood in the city, we'd like people to abide by the bylaws and regulations that we all follow."

Still, residents like Brent Millar say it's just a little noise, and it's all part of growing up. Millar said he expects things to cool down as the academic year progresses.

"First week they freak out. After that, it tends to go away," he said. "I think this is just a knee-jerk reaction to all of a sudden a lot of these young kids invading the neighbourhood, as most people look at it."