Third level study will look a bit different this year due to Covid 19 and the related Health Protection Regulations.
It is more important than ever that all students take steps to keep themselves and others safe.
If you are living away from home you must familiarise yourself with the Health Protection Regulations and ensure you adhere to them.
With recent changes to the regulations, there should be no mixing of different households indoors (consult the regulations for exemptions). A house of multiple occupancy with different residents, renting different rooms, is considered one household.
If you visit another student house, you should be aware that a maximum of six people from two different households can gather outdoors at a private dwelling whilst maintaining social distance.
Your university or college will provide advice on practices and processes in place on their premises to stop the spread of Covid 19.
You can find further advice below to help you stay safe during your time at university or college.
Student Safety Advice
What can you do?
• Over 50% of burglaries happen because a door or window has been left open, so lock up properly each time you go out and if there is an alarm, set it.
• Keep bank cards and cheque books separate – keep a note of your card details so you can cancel them quickly.
• Always lock your car – never leave the keys in the ignition and don't leave valuables unattended in the vehicle whether it is parked on or off campus.
• Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number – this makes it hard for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return any recovered items to you.
• Be vigilant when using your mobile phone – if your phone is stolen, contact the police and remember to inform your network provider.
• Don't be an easy target – walk in groups at night, stay over with friends or travel by taxi. Remember that your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!
• Use reputable taxi firms that you can trust, if you are unsure ask for the taxi drivers license – a legitimate taxi will have this displayed in the vehicle.
• Don't leave drinks unattended.
• Don't accept drinks from strangers as it may have been spiked.
• If possible, use cash machines during the day – be aware of your surroundings – never write down your PIN.
• If you are having a night out, use timer switches to switch lights on, and make your property look occupied in the evenings and at the weekends.
• Your own safety is the most important consideration. But remember - lock up before you leave, take your valuable items home at weekends and during the holidays, and make sure your property is secure at all times.
• Developing positive relationships with neighbours can play a vital role in ensuring any suspicious activity is reported – for example, while you are away for the weekend or on holiday.