It is important that you find time to relax and socialise during your studies at the University. There are many sports clubs and societies on offer, while the city boasts a fantastic nightlife.
Going out and coming Home
If you are planning a night out with friends set up a temporary” WhatsApp group” – that way you can text each other if you find yourself alone, or if you have splintered off from the group or you find yourself in a difficult situation that you need to get help, they can message or call the group for help.
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Go Home with friends or in a group, try not to walk home late at night on your own try to stick to busy streets and near other people. Avoid danger spots such as poorly-lit areas, deserted parks, or quiet alleyways and walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
Any Oxford University Student can ask for help from a College Lodge, there is a scheme called Safe Lodge where a student can go in and ask another College Lodge for a phone call back to their College to a Welfare Dean or Junior Welfare Dean, the a taxi will be called and you will be billed for the fare.
Think about getting a personal safety alarm. Keep it in an easily accessible place and carry it in your hand if you feel at risk.
Ask the Lodge Porters if there are any areas near you that should be avoided if you have to go out alone. Some short-cuts may be great during the day but have a reputation amongst other students for being unsafe at night.
If you see someone else in trouble, think twice before trying to help. This may just aggravate the problem and you could end up hurt as well. It may be a lot more helpful to shout for help, call the police on 999, if a life is in danger.
If you are planning to use public transport, always check the times of the last train, tube or buses.
Always carry the telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or minicab company with you or have a suitable booking app available on your phone.
Never take an unlicensed minicab, as these are unchecked, uninsured and can potentially be very dangerous.
Tips on staying safe
Both men and women are at risk of having their drink ‘spiked’ (this is when a drug or extra alcohol is added to your drink without your knowledge).
If you leave your drink unattended, don’t come back and drink it (take it with you or leave with a good friend to watch it)
Never leave a bag unattended on the floor or a table that also goes for a phone or anything of value to you.
Always dial 999 when you need an urgent police response:
- A crime is happening
- Someone suspected of a crime is nearby
- Someone is injured, being threatened or in danger