• It’s not unusual to be thinking about how safe a new environment might be especially if you are moving away from home. We know the University is situated in one of the safest student areas in the country according to research on staying safe at university, conducted by the Complete University Guide.

    Each hall has an on-site residence manager and hall supervisors. There’s support on-site through the night too and our hall staff are experienced at making new students feel at home.

    We also have a University wide security team and some of you will meet this team during your induction talks . Put their contact details in your phone, just in case you ever need them.

    For non urgent incidents and general security enquiries (24 hours a day, 7 days a week):

    01865 48 3060 or security@brookes.ac.uk

    In an emergency:

    Dial 999 then contact security on 01865 48 3060

    How to stay safe on nights out at university

    While it’s easy to get caught up in the fun, eager to impress your new friends and have a fresh start, it’s important that you stay level headed and safe. It's a good idea to think ahead and make sure you look after yourself and your mates. 

  •  University is full of nights out with your friends, and we certainly don’t want you missing out on the university experience! It’s important though that you go out at night together in groups. Keep an eye out for each other, and never think about leaving a venue alone. It’s true what they say, you are stronger together!
    In busy bars and clubs, it’s only natural that staying together with your original group of friends may not always be practical, and you’ll become separated from some members of the group. If you plan on going somewhere else, try to let everyone that you came with aware of this. Also make sure you all have each other’s numbers so that you can find each other again.
    It’s natural that people around you will be drinking alcohol to have a good time, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s important to monitor exactly how much you’ve been drinking; consuming excess amounts of alcohol can make you incredibly vulnerable. Also, remember to keep hold of your drink at all times. It’s only too easy for someone to slip something into your glass/bottle if you’re not watching. You can avoid this by not leaving a drink unattended (by you or a close friend) and with bottles you can cover it with your thumb when you’re not drinking.
    If you do meet someone that you like, you may start dancing and things may seem like they might be about to go further. Once again, we won’t tell you how to live your life. Just remember that you can set  your own boundaries. Don’t be pressured into doing anything you don’t want to and be firm. If you say no, make sure you say it clearly and confidently. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and you are more than entitled to change your mind.
    Remember that you are an adult, and your instincts at this point in your life will usually be accurate. If something doesn’t feel right, even if you can’t pinpoint why, walk away. You shouldn’t let yourself get into uncomfortable situations, and if you do, you should not feel awkward, just leave.
    Consider purchasing a personal alarm. These are often very subtle and easy to pop into a bag on a night out. Some come in key-ring form, and there are even alarm apps you can download direct to your phone such bSafe and React Mobile. This way, if something does go wrong or you are in danger, you can raise the alarm.
    The safety bus scheme is a volunteer run welfare service for students at Brookes. Our main priority is to take vulnerable students home – but we will also transport any other students when we have the time to do so and all we ask for this is a voluntary donation of £1.