Top Tips

Keep your valuables safe

Unfortunately students' homes can often be targets for burglaries.

Make sure valuables like laptops, ipods, printers and phones are kept out of sight and reach of windows and keep your windows and doors locked even when you are in your house.

If you have a car at university, make sure you don't leave valuables on display. Even the sucker mark from a sat nav could tempt thieves to break in, so make sure you wipe this mark off of your windscreen.

Take the safe route home

Take the Safety Bus home from The Union. It runs every night and will take you to your door for just £1.50.

Avoid walking home alone at night time and avoid using your mobile phone and/or ipod. Make sure you take well-lit main roads home rather than dark, quiet short cuts.

Report anything suspicious

Report anything suspicious to the police on 101 (if it's not an emergency) or phone 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact University Security if you're worried about something on campus: 023 8059 2811

If you are the subject of a safety of security incident there are a number of support services available at the University, including the First Support Team who are a crisis service. You can find details of these services here:

The Advice Centre can also provide free and confidential advice on any issues and can be contacted on 023 8059 2085 or

Be aware of emails

Sometimes you may receive fraudulent emails asking for your bank details or passwords.

Make sure you do not respond to these messages, as they are not legitimate. Banks will never ask for your password or details by email and neither will the University.

Also beware of recent fraudulent emails from people pretending to be Student Finance England.

Be aware of emails
  • Phone Radio Taxis on 02380 666 666
  • Wait for your text message confirmation and check that the taxi registration matches up before getting in
  • When you get home, sign the driver's receipt and hand over your student ID card
  • Wait 24 hours and then collect your student ID card from the Students' Union reception (Building 42) and pay your fare
Keep your house fire safe

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have made a music video to remind you to test your smoke and fire alarms!

Check out the video here!