News | Thursday, 14th September 2017
When you are planning your nights out, don’t forget to plan your way home too
The first few weeks at university can be such an exciting experience for new students - meeting lots of new people, trying out new activities, getting stuck into your new course and navigating a new city
But with new experiences sometimes come new dangers. It’s important that you don’t let the fear of crime stop you enjoying yourselves. Remember to plan ahead, be aware of your surroundings and local safe zones, and look out for your friends.
When you are planning your nights out – what to wear, where to go, who to go with – make sure you plan your way home too!
- If you are getting a taxi, either pre-book a licensed taxi or use a licensed black hackney cab from a legitimate taxi rank.
- Some clubs or bars will book a taxi for you and will let you know when it is outside, which beats standing in the cold too!
- If you are unsure, you can always ask to see the taxi drivers licence before you get in.
Buses, trains and trams
- Always check the timetables beforehand to minimise the time you spend waiting at bus stops and stations.
- Make sure you and your friends travel together if possible.
- If travelling alone, try to sit in busy areas on the bus, train or tram, or sit near the driver or conductor.
- If you have to walk home, never walk alone.
- All students could be at risk – statistically men are more likely to be assaulted on the way home than women.
- Always let your friends know that you are setting off, the route you will be taking and what time you are likely to arrive home, and then let them know when you are home safely.
- Plan your route in advance and avoid poorly lit areas and shortcuts such as alleyways or parks.
- Stay alert by avoiding listening to music or texting on your phone.
- Keep phones, iPods, tablets or other valuables hidden where ever possible.
If you feel unsafe or want more information
If you have been the victim of crime you should contact GMP on the 101 number, or dial 999 in an emergency.
Student Safe Zones are areas where you can go when you feel unsafe, and you can safely wait for friends, ask staff to contact the Police or emergency services, or just wait for the problem to pass. Find out more about local Student Safe Zones here.
You can find more information, advice and contact details for the University security team here.
The Advice Centre at The Union are also on hand to answer any questions. You can find their contact details here.