This page details how to ensure that you stay safe on a night out.

For many young people, moving away to University is their first glimpse of independence. However, what many students are not aware of is the damage that alcohol can cause to you when consumed in excess. Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine, but please be aware that whilst under the influence of alcohol, you can make yourself vulnerable and are more likely to be a victim of crime. As well as this, regular excessive drinking can also be detrimental to your health.

Visit the UPSU Welfare website for more tips on drinking responsibly.

Tips to stay safe on a night out

If you want to make sure that you stay safe on a night out, remember about the following tips:

  • Don’t invite strangers into your home.
  • Don’t leave your drink or bag unattended.
  • Plan your night out for your journey there and back.
  • If possible, try to pre-book a taxi from a reputable taxi firm.
  • Share a taxi with friends and agree to text or phone each other when home safely.
  • If you have a nominated driver for the evening, let them be the drinks watcher for the night.
  • When out and about keep to well lit streets and avoid areas you don’t know.
  • Arrange to make your journey with friends.
  • Get cash out during the day to avoid using cashpoints at night.
  • Keep a personal attack alarm on your person, ready to be used. If you would like an alarm, contact PC Clare Parry via the details at the bottom of the article.
  • Don’t leave your bags unattended and don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket.
  • Avoid walking home alone at night.

Safe Space in Guildhall Walk

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Safe Space is closed until further notice.

Hurt? Injured? Lost your mates? Need some help?

Safe Space is open 11.00pm til late on Fridays and Saturdays to help anyone who is injured, lost, needing advice or just wants to talk. Visit the Safe Space at Hippodrome House on Guildhall Walk.

Contact Safe Space for more information:

T: +44(0)7939 008647


If you become a victim of crime, report to the Police or University Security immediately.

  • Off campus call 999
  • On campus call +44 (0) 23 9284 3333 (3333 on internal phones)
  • Non-urgent reports can be made to any police station or by calling 101

PC Clare Parry is available for advice - contact details available here.