Staying safe on university nights out
Socialising with friends at university is a huge part of student life.
And while having an enjoyable time may be your number one priority, it’s also essential to take steps to look after yourself.
Here’s some of our top tips to help you remember a night out for all the right reasons.
Plan before you go out
Always tell friends where you’re going and consider how you’ll get home beforehand, rather than leaving it to the last minute. Often cities have late-night buses and some universities offer free late bus services for students. And don’t forget to keep the money you need to get home separate.
Remember your phone
It’s a good idea to make sure your phone is fully charged before you head out. Check your friends’ numbers are stored in your phone’s contact list and consider adding ICE (in case of emergency) numbers too. Ensuring you have the number of a safe, reliable and licensed cab firm in your phone is also a good idea.
You can also download personal safety apps directly to your phone to alert family or friends if you’re in trouble. And for added peace of mind, consider buying a personal alarm which can easily fit into your handbag or pocket.
Try to stay in a group of at least three or more and stick together during the night. If you leave before your friends, make sure they know who you’re going with and where you’re going. Check friends can get home safely too. Finally, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, report it.
Keep valuables hidden
Ok, so we live on our phones these days, but having them out on show while we’re walking down the street can make us a target. If possible, keep phones and other valuables hidden from view, ideally in zipped pockets or bags. Try to avoid putting phones, wallets or purses on tables in bars and restaurants as it’s easy to walk off without them.
Written by the Nurtur team