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.