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Staying Safe at University

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Updated March 5, 2016 Updated March 5, 2016

Keep yourself safe and secure at university by being aware of the risks, and taking control of your own wellbeing. Here are some of the main points to consider:

  • Eat well, whether you're cooking for yourself, eating out or using university canteens. Yes, there may be occasions when you just grab 'something quick' but don't fall into the trap of letting fast food become a way of life.
  • Get enough sleep! This could be tricky at first, as you try and fit in all the studies and social opportunities - but you won't really get the most out of any of these if you haven't given your body and mind enough rest.
  • Use university health and support services. Whatever problem you may have - physical, emotional or financial - the university will have specialists on hand whose job it is to help. Use them!
  • Look after your possessions. When you're out and about, whether in a student bar or at the library, remember to keep an eye on your possessions, and don't leave them unattended. Likewise, remember to lock your door when leaving your room, and try not to leave anything visible through the windows. You should also consider taking out insurance, so you're covered just in case anything should happen. Common sense really!
  • Check that there are fire alarms fitted in your accomodation, and that they work. Make sure you know the fire exit routes and procedures, and where any fire-fighting equipment is located.
  • Look out for others. If you notice any of your fellow students who seem to be putting themselves at risk, or perhaps just don't seem very happy, think about what you could do that might help. This could just mean taking time to have a coffee with someone who needs a chat, or it might mean pointing them in the direction of the university's support services. Hopefully someone would do the same for you!

Finally, remember university should be one of the best experiences of your life. Look after yourself, and enjoy.

This article was originally published in November 2012 . It was last updated in March 2016

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