Your Student Guide to Staying Safe at University

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University is a big life step. Most of you will be leaving home for the first time. Exploring and enjoying your city or town. It’s a new world, but it’s an unknown world.

We know that your time at university will be the most rewarding, fulfilling and exciting time of your early adult life. Don’t let it get ruined by not doing everything you can to keep yourself and others safe.

Here’s a useful guide to help you stay safe during your time at university.

In Halls

Start off by finding your halls group chat and make a separate one for your housemates. This way you can all help keep an eye on anything suspicious going on, as well as return lost valuables to their owners. Oh, and keys… you will misplace your keys at least once.

But if you do lose something worthwhile, make sure you have your insurance sorted before moving in. Your halls may suggest a provider, but it’s worth looking around. Your bank might be able to offer you a good deal, too.

Hopefully you never need to use your insurance. Keep your doors and windows locked when you’re not around and make sure you let your flatmates know if you have anyone coming over who doesn’t live there. This goes without saying, but if you’re having a party: do not keep any valuables out in communal areas. We know you can trust your student peers, but there’s always one with sticky fingers. Don’t make it easy for them.

Going Out 

Forget what your tutor tells you. Going out is as essential to student life as getting a degree. But student nights usually mean cheap drinks, cheesy tunes and choices you’ll want to forget come morning.

But you can always choose to be safe. Familiarise yourself with your new home (sober, if possible) and don’t attempt a drunk walk home alone. With that, stick with your group and make sure you all have each other’s numbers for when that one friend decides to go on an adventure in the club. Keep a note of nearby licensed taxi ranks, too.

When you’re out, keep your drink close at all times. Although stories about drinks being spiked are rare at university, it does happen. Also, eat before you go out. If you pass-out after 12 successive sambuca shots on an empty stomach, you could put yourself in a dangerous place.

Other Stuff 

Keeping safe isn’t always physical or material. Try your best to keep your mental health in check. Universities provide professional, useful and free counselling guidance. It’s normal to feel homesick every now and again – and there’ll be many more feeling just like you. Talk to your flat or coursemates. You’re all in it together. Talking is the first step.

On a lighter note, if we’re talking about being safe at university: use protection. You don’t want itchy trousers, do you?