Being at university means getting a first taste of independence – knowing you can stay out as late as you like, meet new people and make your own rules. But it’s also worth remembering that your new freedom comes with new responsibilities. Below are a few tips to ensure your personal safety – so that fantastic night out doesn’t become the night you wish you could forget.

Our top 4 tips:

  • If you’re going out, make sure a friend or flatmate has your mobile number. Let them know where you’re going, and what time you plan to get back.9590 (1)
  • When you’re out, don’t leave your drink unattended, and keep track of what you’re drinking.
  • If you can, try and leave with a friend or a group of friends.
  • Don’t let anybody into your room if you don’t yet know them well enough.

 

More things to think about…

Before going out

  • Why not cook a group meal, and get to know your flatmates a bit better? There’s nothing worse than drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Plan ahead for getting home – especially if you’re going somewhere you don’t know.
  • Charge your phone before heading off.
  • Save a reliable and recognised taxi number in your phone; the University’s Security Services team will be able to recommend a company.
  • The Security Services team can also supply personal attack alarms.
  • Anti-spiking bottle caps, and drink detective kits are available from University bars or RUSU.

When you’re out

  • Never accept a drink from a stranger. If you feel ill or drunk when you shouldn’t, your drink could have been spiked.
  • Don’t feel pressured to drink if you don’t want to. You can always try a few soft drinks too.
  • Walk away from conflict or a tense situation. Alcohol fuelled fights at 2am are never a good idea.
  • Try to stay in a group, and look out for each other.

Heading home

  • Let your friends know if you’re leaving.
  • On the bus? Don’t sit in an isolated area.
  • If you decide to walk, stick to well-lit paths and busy areas.
  • When you’re walking, stay alert. Don’t get distracted by your mobile or headphones.
  • If you think you’re being followed, cross the street. If it persists, get to the nearest busy location and phone the police on 999.
  • If you feel nervous at night walking through campus or back to your room, the University offers a chaperone service.
  • When you get back to your room, have your keys ready before you get to the door, so you can get straight in. Always lock your door when you’re in your room.

Day to day

  • Be aware of campus security – they can help in case of an emergency. See the links below for more information.
  • Be aware of campus surroundings. Although the university environment is generally a safe place, it is not a ‘bubble’.
  • Don’t let anybody into your room if you don’t yet know them well enough.

 

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