Help & advice Personal safety Safety for Students University can mean a new city and environment which is exciting! Enjoy your new surroundings safely following these top tips!: Accommodation When choosing where to stay, make sure that it’s secure and that the area feels safe. It’s a good idea to visit it at night as well as during the day. Make sure you meet all your prospective flat mates and trust your instincts when deciding whether or not to move in. When you leave your room in halls, always lock the door and shut the window, even if you are only popping next door for a minute. Consider the risks before inviting someone you’ve just met into your room. Don’t let anyone into your block by holding a door open unless you know them or have checked their ID. If you see anything suspicious, report it to your campus security or police. Going out at night Try to plan ahead. Make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are meeting and when you expect to return. Always plan how you are going to get home again. Don’t leave your drink unattended, and if you start to feel unwell seek assistance from venue staff. When out with friends, look out for each other and consider travelling back together, or “checking in” when you each arrive home safely. Safety when out and about Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid chatting on your mobile phone or listening to music on your headphones, as this can distract you from your surroundings or any potential danger signs. You may often be laden with books and bags but always try to keep one hand free and walk confidently and purposefully. Think about getting a personal safety alarm. Keep it in an easily accessible place and carry it in your hand if you feel at risk. If you are out at night, try to stick to busy streets and near other people. Avoid danger spots such as poorly-lit areas, deserted parks, or quiet alleyways and walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. Ask if there are any areas near your halls that should be avoided. Some short-cuts may be great during the day but have a reputation amongst other students for being unsafe at night. If you see someone else in trouble, think twice before trying to help. This may just aggravate the problem and you could end up hurt as well. It may be a lot more helpful to shout for help, call the police or generally make a lot of noise to attract attention. Travel Consider carrying a personal alarm. Inform someone that you are on your way. Consider how you are getting home before leaving the house. Pre book a local licenced cab so you know it will be coming at the end of your night. Only hail a taxi if it has the illuminated taxi sign. Sit in the back and avoid giving away personal details. Have your fare ready. Try and keep the number of a local, licenced firm with you. When travelling by public transport, wait in a well-lit, busy area. Sit near other people. Make sure you can get to your ticket easily. Don’t be afraid of moving should someone’s behaviour cause you concern. Trust your instinct.