Your time at university should be fun and memorable for you, without too much worry when it comes to your safety. But, whether it’s your first or last year at uni, it is a good idea to always remind yourself how to stay safe whilst making the most of your time there. We have put together a handful of tips on how you can keep safe at university.
Have precautions in place when going out – You should always know how you are going to get home and, if you are going somewhere you are unfamiliar with, plan ahead. Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be heading home. If you feel you need to, carry a personal alarm with you – these are for both men and women – and if you are walking anywhere alone, try and avoid badly lit areas, alleys and underpasses.
Watch how much alcohol you are drinking – It is very easy to do something silly when you are drunk, and you are also more likely to lose your belongings when under the influence of alcohol. Make sure you eat a meal before going out drinking and keep track of how much you are drinking during the night. Keep your drinks close by:, never leave them unattended and don’t take drinks from strangers.
Make sure your house is secure – Student homes are often big targets for burglaries. Don’t make it easy for a thief to simply help themselves to your possessions. Make sure your doors are fitted with decent locks and that all your valuables are out of sight. If you are out of the house for a long period of time, give the impression you are home by leaving the lights on. Consider secure storage for items you are leaving during the holidays.
If you have a car use it – If you have a car, use it to get yourself home safely instead of walking back from the library or university late at night. We all know how expensive running a car at uni can be, but with telematics car insurance, you could save yourself some money. Telematics means a black box is fitted to your car which measures how well you drive and if you stick to safe driving your premiums can go down, instead of you paying for insurance based on the average driver your age.
Unexpected guests – Never let people you don’t know into your hallways or apartment buildings. If you don’t know the person, don’t let them in before checking with a roommate or friend to see if they are expecting someone. Keep your own door locked, especially if there are parties thrown in your flat or house, so that no strangers can make their way into your room uninvited.
University is an exciting time but with it comes great responsibility. You will have some of the best experiences at uni but remember, know your limits, be sensible, and it will still feature some of the most enjoyable moments of your life.