Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.
firstpointFIVE023 – Stay safe
Tip 1: Stay safe
The University has a Security Team that operates to assist students, staff and all visitors to the University 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you are a student on or off campus, you can access their support if you have any personal safety concerns. They have their main Control Room located on St Johns Campus behind Main Reception and also have a supporting Control Room based at City Campus behind Reception. They can be contacted through our Main Reception on 01905 855000, 07977 973956 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a security webpage with more information about what they do.
Tip 2: Lock up
It is important to ensure the safety of your flat or housemates as well as yourself. Make sure your accommodation is kept secure by closing all of your windows and locking your doors when you leave. If you are living in communal housing, pay particular attention to your communal door entrance and ensure it is properly shut and secured when entering or exiting your building.
Tip 3: Watch out for your possessions
Don’t leave possessions such as bags, laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players unattended. If you buy new TVs, laptops, PCs or white goods when you come to University, don’t advertise this opportunity to burglars or thieves by putting the packaging outside of the house. Either break down the packaging to fit in your recycling bin or take it to a local recycling site.
If you are cycling to campus, there are locations throughout the University where you can store your bicycle. The vast majority are Sheffield type hoops and many are located at St John’s Campus. There is also a secure bicycle storage locations at St John’s Campus. If you would like to use the secure bicycle storage you will need to go to Security (located behind St John’s reception) with your student access card. A member of the Security Team will be able to update your access card to enable to you use the facility.
Tip 4: Get home safe
Don’t walk home alone late at night; walk back with friends or get a taxi. Always make sure you use a marked taxi or registered minicab, and you can always ask for a rough pricing estimate when you book. There are designated taxi ranks in the centre of town at the Cross, Queen Street, Shrub Hill Station, Foregate Street Station and Angel Place. Furthermore, during the night you can also find taxi ranks at New Street and St. Nicholas Street. A list of local taxi firms is available from Main Reception.
Tip 5: Look out for your friends
When you are out in town with friends, make sure you travel in groups. Don’t leave each other with strangers you’ve only just met, and make sure you’re aware of where your friends are. At the end of the night, try and get a taxi as a group or walk home together to make sure you all return home safely.