Personal Safety

There are 70,000 students in Manchester, and statistics show that 1 in 10 will become a victim of crime. ResLife recognise that Manchester is a new area for many students to be living in, some of whom have never lived in a big city before. One of the biggest concerns our students have is their personal safety. We have therefore put together our own top 12 safety tips for living in Manchester. You can find more comprehensive information on student safety on the student support site.

12 Safety Tips

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 Safety zone. You can find details of these zones here.

6) Use a licensed taxi that you can trust – If you cannot afford the taxi, StreetCars drivers will take your student card as temporary payment. Make sure to quote the Manchester SU safe taxi scheme when calling the taxi. You must then go to the Students’ Union after 12pm the following day where you must pay your fare in return for your student card. Alternatively, upload your card details on the app so you can pay by card. That way you don’t need to cash out or to leave your student ID card behind. They have an offer on this year too if you download the app. More details can be found here.

7) Pace yourself when drinking alcohol. Sometimes students can be unaware of just how much they’re drinking and can leave themselves vulnerable.

8) Be wary of drink spiking. Don’t leave your drink out of sight and if you do, buy another, is a much better alternative than getting spiked.

9) Drugs are illegal and harmful for your health and are not tolerated by ResLife, including legal highs. They will make you more crime vulnerable - so don’t take any!

10) 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 - ignore and report them.

11) Report any instance of theft, sexual assault, aggression, bullying or any other abusive behaviour.

12) When inviting someone over, take time to consider the following questions: How well do I know this person I’m bringing into my hall? Can I trust them? Remember it’s not just about you, but also about the safety of everyone else in your Hall. Being a good neighbour is integral. If you have any health and safety concerns at all during your time in halls, please make sure you report these to your ResLife Advisor.

Fire Safety

ResLife take breaches of fire safety regulations extremely seriously. Students must never tamper with fire extinguishers, maliciously set off fire alarms or tamper with or cover fire detectors. This equipment is there to keep students safe and its misuse can put yourself and fellow students in danger.

Any misuse of fire safety equipment will result in disciplinary action, which may include your removal from halls or expulsion from your course of study.

If you or a guest would struggle to leave during a fire evacuation for any reason, such as a disability, ResLife can put in place a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for you and any guest you have. Make sure you do this as soon as possible, ideally prior to your and/or your guest's arrival to halls.

Although the urge to eat food after a night out can be strong, please do not use your oven or hob when you have been drinking. Students have used their ovens and hobs whilst intoxicated and forgotten about their food or forgotten to turn them off after using them. This put themselves and fellow students in real danger, so please do not take the risk.

Remember to make sure all fire doors, including your kitchen door, are kept shut. These are here to decrease the risk of a fire spreading.

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. The counselling service is also available.

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.