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Safety tips at university

While student areas within a city generally tend to be quite safe locations, it is still  worth taking simple precautions to put your mind at ease and ensure you remain safe at university.


Personal safety

Nights out


Plan how you will get home from social events – plan with friends, particularly if you’re going to a part of town you don’t know.


Eat before you go out. A full stomach and drinking plenty of waterwill help you not to get too drunk and lose sight of your safety.


Watch your drink. Drinks that have been spiked can turn you into susceptible target. Always watch your drink and if you have left it behind for a while, get a new one.


Avoid hazardous routes home, ie river banks and busy roads. Your ability to protect yourself is severely limited after consuming alcohol so if you choose to walk home, watch your step. Also, try to keep to well lit streets with pavements.


Leaving with your friends, and pre-booking a taxi will mean you can make sure you ll go home safely together.


Living in a new city


Just because you're in and around campus and everyone seems really friendly, don't be fooled into thinking that you're completely safe.


Thieves will target students as they see them as 'easy pickings', especially in the first few weeks of a new school year.


Once you're settled into your new accommodation and surroundings, research the less desirable areas of your new city and try to avoid them as best you can.

Your belongings

You can decrease the chances of having your belongings stolen by following these tips;


Beware what is going on in your property or halls. Always keep your doors and windows locked if you're not in, even if you're nly popping out for five minutes.


Look into insurance for your contents. Sometimes your parents' home insurance will cover you but it is best to set up your own policy while at university.


If you're bedroom is on the ground floor, make sure any electronic goods or expensive items are out of view.


If you're out and about in town, keep your backpack, laptop bag or handbag over your shoulder and not between your legs or by your knees. Just putting your bag down beside you while you eat a sandwich could be an invitation for someone to run past and swipe it.


When arriving or leaving the city by public transport, use your common sense regarding leaving baggage unattended. With a huge influx of new, vulnerable youngsters into a city, you could be targeted by thieves or rogue taxi drivers.







Personal details

You can avoid increase your chances of avoiding being caught up in identity fraud by following these tips;


Be very suspicious of scams, whether it be emails, SMS or via phone calls. Check out our online security warnings for vishing, phishing and smishing.


Carefully destroy papers carrying bank or credit card details. Always keep your receipts and destroy them too.


When moving in and out of rented accommodation, make sure you take all receipts, bank statements and private documents with you.


When using a communal computer, always take extra care with passwords and try to avoid online banking in these communal zones.


Install security software on your laptop (and desktop computer) and always carry it with you.


Never let your bank or credit card out of your sight in shops and restaurants to prevent copying or cloning.






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