Your safety is very important to both the University and the police and should be important to you too. Look out for yourself and your fellow students and follow our tips for staying safe.
General personal safety advice
- try and ask other students the best places to go and also which areas and places you should avoid
- when out, especially at night try not to be on your own
- if you own a mobile phone, carry it with you
- if you think you are being followed, cross over the road and back again. If it continues, try and make your way to a well-lit area and if possible phone the police - this also applies if you are driving a vehicle
- try not to go into areas that you do not know
Use the Useful Links to see the local services available to help you.
For many, moving away to University is the first glimpse at independence. However, what many students are not aware of is the damage that alcohol can cause to you when consumed in excess. Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine but you do put yourself in risk of crime if you drink to excess.
Visit www.upsu.net/welfare for more tips on drinking responsibly.
View a safety message from Hampshire Constabularly Licensing Sergeant Wendie Douglas in Guildhall Walk.
Safe Space in Guildhall Walk
Hurt? Injured? Lost your mates? Need some help?
Safe Space is open 11.00pm til late on Fridays and Saturdays to help anyone who is injured, lost, needing advice or just wants to talk. Visit the Safe Space at Hippodrome House on Guildhall Walk.
Contact Safe Space for more information:
T: 07939 008647
Plan your nights out
- avoid walking alone at night
- arrange to make your journey with friends
- keep to well-lit streets and keep away from dark alleys and short cuts
- if possible share a taxi with friends (pre-booked preferable) or use the bus
- make sure you get your cash out during the day : avoid using cash points at night
Using a mobile phone
- avoid texting while you walk
- try not to use it in crowded or isolated locations
- make a record of your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, phone number, service providers, facial details and PIN number (dial *#06#)
- do not leave your phone unattended
- property code your mobile phone! register your mobile phone and physically label/code your mobile phone using a UV pen
Carry a personal attack alarm
- if feeling vulnerable, carry your alarm, particularly during darkness
- keep your door keys on the alarm so they will always be with you
- when in your accommodation, use the alarm as a door alarm by using the clip attachment
- keep the alarm handy in your packet/bag. If you feel unsafe, carry it in your hands
- visit Bateson hall reception if you would like an alarm, or call PC Dave Fairbrother