Moving In – Student Safety

Our campus is safe and secure for students and provides a comfortable living environment.

There are ways of ensuring the safety of yourselves and your flatmates with regards to following electrical and fire safety guidelines, and remembering that living in a community can come with its own set of risks to be prepared for.

Personal Safety

Being aware of your personal safety is vital wherever you are living so we have put together a list of things that can help keep both you and your belongings safe and secure.

 

  • Ensure you lock your room whenever you leave it.
  • Ensure your window is closed before you leave your flat.
  • Keep your keys on your person at all times. This will avoid you getting locked out and will ensure that no one else has access to your room.
  • At night, travel with other people and make sure you always have a method of getting back home.
  • Order a taxi to collect you if you are travelling by yourself.
  • Let your flatmates know if you are going out.
  • Keep your phone out of sight when walking around.
  • Don’t walk the streets alone in the dark. If you must walk at night, travel in groups through familiar areas.
  • Don’t be afraid to call the police if you feel at risk.

The police in the UK are usually unarmed and they have no connection to the military. Their job is to help people, and they are very friendly and approachable, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In an emergency, call 999 to access our emergency services (police, ambulance, fire service). If you need to report a crime or incident that is not an emergency, you can call 101.

Evacuation Procedure

If your safety is under threat we have an evacuation procedure. Check with your accommodation about the evacuation procedure and abide by it at all times, even if you suspect it’s just a fire drill.

Electrical and Fire Safety

Ensure that all your electrical items are safe and working, and that they are in accordance with the Electrical Safety Policy.

Use of electrical goods is your responsibility and any non-working or broken items should not be used.

Familiarise yourself with the fire procedures. Each flat is equipped with working heat and smoke detectors, but it is important to be aware that some steam and aerosols might set off the alarms. If this occurs, notify reception.

Do not interfere with these alarms under any circumstances. This equipment is provided for your safety and must not be tampered with, as this will result in disciplinary action.

Any fire, no matter how serious, must be reported to accommodation reception.

Fire and Electrical Safety Tips:

 

  • Do not wedge doors open or tamper with springs. The doors help limit smoke and fires from spreading.
  • Do not leave cooking unattended, no matter how safe you think it is.
  • Do not use chip pans, deep fat fryers or woks, as they are not allowed in our accommodation.
  • Always switch off hair dryers, straighteners and curlers immediately after use. Please note that the use of these appliances within close proximity to heat or smoke detectors may set off the fire alarms.
  • Do not burn candles, incense, oil burners or other materials.
  • Do not cover heat or smoke detectors.
  • Do not smoke anywhere in the building.