Top Tips for Student Safety

Starting college can be a nerve-wracking experience. You will be in a new environment, meeting new people and may even be living on your own for the very first time. With this in mind, it is important to make sure you look after your safety.

We have summarised below, some tips for keeping you safe:

Safety on Campus

  • If you cycle to college, then make sure you use the bike lockers provided
  • Look after your valuables – don’t leave any items unattended
  • You can register details of your electronic devices on the National Mobile Property Register –
  • Set up contents insurance for your valuable items
  • If you use the college gym then always ensure you use the lockers provided

Safety at Home

  • Don’t let anyone you don’t know into your home
  • If you live in a flat, don’t let anyone into the building or access through the controlled door, unless you know them
  • Make sure you always lock your doors and windows when leaving your home
  • Don’t leave keys in locks or in places where they could be easily found

Online/Social Media Safety

  • Use privacy settings on your devices
  • Update your passwords regularly
  • Make sure you think before posting content – no private, personal or confidential information
  • Be careful when posting information on where you are and what you’re doing
  • Remember prospective employers may check your social media accounts
  • Keep your browser software updated
  • Look out for online scams – such as fake emails or web links especially when they are asking for your data

Party Safety

  • Always make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  • Stay with your friends at a party and don’t go wandering off on your own or with strangers
  • Plan your transport home – arrange to get a lift from a family member or friend, book a licensed taxi or take public transportation with friends
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger
  • Ensure you have enough money left at the end of the night to pay any fares
  • Double-check timetables to ensure you don’t miss the last bus/train and end up stranded
  • Look after your valuables – phones, jackets, wallets and bags, etc.
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended
  • If you’re under 18, it’s illegal for you to drink alcohol
  • If you are over 18, and you’re drinking alcohol – drink in moderation, have some water between drinks to stay hydrated and have something to eat before you start drinking
  • And never drink and drive

For more information on how to keep yourself safe, download a copy of Police Scotland’s student safety guide here.