Personal Safety

Did you know...?

  • 42% of the students claim safety concerns have impacted their mental health

  • More than 1,000 student homes were burgled last year

  • +70,000 students in Manchester - 1 in 10 will become a victim of crime

One of the biggest concerns our students have is Personal Safety.

Like any other city Manchester is not crime free and sadly students are often easy targets. However a large amount of crime could have easily been avoided if students had taken basic precautions! We’ll give you our top 10 tips on how to stay safe:

  1. Make sure to lock your door and windows when you leave your room and hall

  2. Be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables out of sight.

  3. Stick to well-lit streets and avoid shortcuts such as alleyways and car parks.

  4. Walk and travel in groups, especially at night. Arrange a place to meet if anyone gets lost.

  5. If you’re in danger or being followed, walk to the nearest Student Safe Zones.

  6. Use a licensed taxi that you can trust - the University recommends StreetCars. Alternatively, you can take the SU’s Student Shuttle Bus. Visit our Getting Around page for more info.

  7. Pace yourself - you’re more vulnerable if drinking alcohol. Watch out for drink spiking.

  8. Drugs are illegal, harmful for your health and will make you more crime vulnerable - don’t take any!

  9. Don’t give anyone your ID or bank details - not in person, online or over the phone. You will most likely receive phishing emails throughout the year and phone calls from people claiming to work for the university - report them.

  10. Report any instance of theft, sexual assault, aggression, bullying or any other abusive behaviour you experienced or witnessed.

As deadline for coursework and exams start to arrive we have had situations where students have panicked and falsely reported thefts of computers, etc. The University, the police and the insurance companies take a strong line against students who falsely report crimes.

In addition to that, and because it’s not just about you, ask yourself the following questions when inviting someone over: how well do I know this person I’m bringing into my hall? Can I trust them?

Sexual Assault

Across the UK there has been a worrying increase in cases of on-campus sexual assaults. Our ResLife team are committed to ensuring student safety and informing students about the University’s zero tolerance policy towards sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a very serious crime. If you are found guilty of sexual assault, which includes rape, groping and any form of sexual harassment, you will be expelled from the university and likely face prison time.

The university is dedicated to ensuring that victims get all the support they need and will take every situation seriously. If you were sexually assaulted or know someone who has, please contact a member of the ResLife team who will be able to help you.

Most reported incidents are related to consent. In any sexual experience you have the consent of everyone involved is essential - sex without consent is rape! Sexual consent is where a person has the ability and freedom to agree to a sexual activity.Here is a useful video explaining consent by Thames Valley Police: Tea & Consent Video.

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