Advice for students
With three major universities, Northumbria has a large student population. As a force we work closely with those universities to make sure students can stay safe while they enjoy their time here.
We have created this area on the website to give students helpful hints and tips on all aspects of living in the North East.
The North East is one of the safest areas to live, work and visit. Following this SIMPLE advice will help you keep safe.
SIMPLE Safety Tips:
Stay Alert - Remember
If you are wearing headphones or chatting on your mobile phone you will be distracted from your surroundings and may not hear trouble approaching.
If you’re planning a night out, plan to stay safe. Think: “Keys, money, phone, plans to get home”
Pre-book a taxi – make sure you know how you’re getting home.
Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated.
Save an ICE* number in your phone. *(In Case of Emergency)
Stash some cash in case you lose your purse.
Know your limits and always stay in control.
Make sure you avoid danger spots:
Stick to busy, well lit streets whenever possible and avoid quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways, isolated parks or waste grounds.
Take the safer route, even if it’s longer.
Know where you’re going and the best way to get there.
Whenever possible, avoid long waiting times at bus stops and stations by checking the arrival times before leaving home.
Listen to your instincts:
If you feel threatened, head for a safe place where there are lots of people, such as a pub, shop, garage etc.
Ensure you take the same precautions wherever you are:
It’s natural to feel more relaxed and comfortable in your own neighbourhood than when you’re in an unfamiliar area but it’s important not to get complacent about your personal safety even when close to home.