Personal Safety

  • Oxford is a very safe place to live and study but, like any other city, there are risks. Below are just a few pointers which, if followed, will go a long way to aid your safety.

    • Trust your instincts, they will usually be right - if you feel nervous or frightened move away from the threat and seek safety with others or a safer location.
    • Know where you are going; plan your journeys. How are you getting there? More importantly, how are you getting back? Not all public transport in Oxford is 24/7.
    • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at cash machines and when using your mobile phone is public places.
    • Don't carry on you or display excessive amounts of cash.
    • Do not go into parks after dark.
    • Whenever possible, do not go out alone.
    • Do not accept lifts in vehicles from people you don't know.
    • Only use Black Cabs or Licenced mini cabs. Do not use illegal mini-cabs touting for business.
    • Always keep a list of emergency contact numbers in your mobile phone.
    • If threatened with violence for property do not fight for it - hand it over. Property can be replaced; you can't.
    • Stay in well-lit areas.
    • Use a personal safety app.
    • Have the 001 Taxis number saved on your mobile phone: 01865 406087.
    • Read about the Brookes Union Safe Taxi Scheme.