Staying safe: Safety advice for students

Written by: UPSU


Plymouth is an extremely vibrant and diverse city to live in and we want you to enjoy living here. 

The University and Students' Union work closely with the local police to ensure that our campus and surrounding area is safe for our students. Keeping safe is important to each of us. Campus security and the local police are there to help but there are things that you can do to protect yourself and look out for others.

On a night out stay safe and plan ahead

  • Walk in well-lit areas where there are lots of people.
  • Always stay alert.
  • Think about how you’ll be getting home before you go out.
  • If you order a taxi, make sure it is licensed. If the taxi driver doesn’t know your name – don’t get in!
  • Always carry your mobile, make sure it is charged and you have enough credit.
  • If you look and act drunk, you are more vulnerable – drink responsibly.
  • Friends look after each other, and make sure your mates know where you’re going.
  • If you find yourself in a vulnerable situation, whether you have run out of money, you're alone, or you feel in danger, use the Students' Union Safe Taxi Scheme.

Read University full guidance here


Reporting crime


Reporting crime, even ‘low level’ anti-social behaviour, is important - the police and the City Council target their resources according to crime statistics.

The student portal (internal access only) has information on how to report a crime. If you have concerns that someone is being drawn into violent extremism, the city operates a referral process

  • Telephone 101 for non urgent calls.
  • Telephone 999 for urgent calls
  • TEXT 80999 if you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Plymouth Central and University local policing team if you require any advice or would like to report any concerns you have regarding the local area. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow the links to Neighbourhood Policing on our website, or contact

You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555111