It’s finally time. You’ve passed your A-Levels, you’ve got into the university that you wanted to and, before you know it, the car is packed full of your belongings and you’re on your way. University is an exciting time: you get to move to a new town or city and essentially reinvent yourself, make new friends and study a subject that you enjoy (hopefully!).
It’s quite easy to get caught up in all the excitement of being a university fresher and you can easily forget that there are certain precautions you should be taking to ensure that you are safe, and your belongings are protected.
You can still enjoy the freedom and excitement that starting university offers while making sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect yourself. Below we have put together a few tips that we believe are essential for university for freshers when moving to their new home.
One of the most obvious tips is to become familiar with your location and area. Your first few days of university will be exciting, however you should use this time to get your bearings. Google Maps will be your best friend! Save your new address in your phone or write it down on a piece of paper to be sure that you never forget it.
If you are planning to use public transport while at university, it would be a good idea to work out which bus and train routes are close by so that you never find yourself in a situation where you can’t get home safely.
Many university students carry expensive and valuable items around campus such as laptops, iPads and smart phones. Carrying around thousands of pounds worth’s of electronics in plain sight will only make you a target to thieves.
One way you can keep your expensive laptop discreet is by carrying it inside a bag rather than just it’s case. Also, don’t walk around with your phone in your hand in plain sight – make sure it’s in a secure place!
A recent study found that 48% of students don’t lock the front door to their house before everyone goes to sleep and 76% of students do not leave any lights on at night when no one is home. Student housing has essentially become a goldmine for criminals – adding in the fact that many technological devices will be laid across the house in plain sight.
If locking the front door is not enough protection, you can purchase locking devices such as a safe or lock box for your belongings to ensure they are protected if an intruder was to enter your house.
For many students, moving to university could be the first time they will have lived in a large city and there are certain risks that need to be taken into consideration. Walking home alone at night could be completely normal and safe in some small towns and villages, however in a city, it is much safer to avoid this altogether.
If you don’t have a friend to walk home with, consider getting a taxi or bus. There are also many safety apps that can be used to keep you safe while you walk home, with GPS tracking and features such as alerting your chosen contacts if you come into trouble.
Social media will be very helpful when you move to university as you can keep contact with home friends and your family, as well as connecting with your new friends. However, you should always be aware when posting on social media that you don’t know who else could be looking at your profile.
Depending on your settings, some photos you upload will also show your location. Make sure to review the settings on your social media profiles and disable location services.
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