Student safety in the United Kingdom
Health and safety in the UK
All British universities pay extreme attention to the safety of their students on campus. As an international student, you’ll have access to various points of contacts for any kind of emergency. Worry not, 24-hour security is provided at most campuses.
Contact your university security service
Almost all campuses in the UK have a special body to ensure the safety of their international students. So, as the first step, check if your school offers one and keep the security officer’s number saved in your phone.
Various universities and schools also offer services like shuttles and security escorts to drop you to your accommodation or stations after hours. Some go a step further and have their own mobile apps with a direct line for students to get in touch with the security. Also, there is CCTV surveillance and security that work round the clock on the premises.
If, at any point of time, you feel unsafe in and around your campus or accommodation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your college authorities.
In an emergency
If you happen to face any emergency, call the toll free number 999 or 112. This is a common number that can be used for fire, police or ambulance.
Always, report a crime however big or small it maybe. Additional numbers that you must save in your phone include:
- Gas emergency – If you think you have a gas leakage or smell gas, call 0800 111 999
- NHS Direct – Reach out to 24-hour health helpline on 0845 4647
- In non-emergency situations, call 101 (such as reporting a crime or getting general information)
It’s important to stay alert
Being an international student, you must always be aware and vigilant about your surroundings. Trust your instincts and move away from areas where you feel uncomfortable and are not familiar with.
Protect your money and documents
As an international student, you must keep all your documents safe with you at all times. Your passport, identification, visa papers, and immigration forms should always be kept in safe place. If you prefer to use cash, keep it in various places instead of a single location. It is always a better option to use a card rather than cash.
Do not carry your passport when you go out exploring. If you do not have a permanent place to live, contact your university’s international support team to get you campus storage facilities.
Explore with care
Exploring new venues and enjoying your new surroundings can be exciting but before taking a trip to these areas, research and look up any information you can find on that place to see whether it is safe for you to go venturing. Inform your friends and family about your plans beforehand. You can also share your live location with someone you trust.
Your IDP counsellors will brief you about all the precautionary measures before you leave Sri Lanka during your pre-departure session.