The UK is often considered a safe country for international students to live and study in. In fact, the Global Peace Index for 2022, the UK ranked 34th out of 163 countries.
Studying abroad can be both and exciting and daunting experience for our international students. We recognise it might often be first time living away from home in an unfamiliar country for some of our students, things may be different in the UK than you are used to.
We want everyone to feel safe and at home while studying at Chichester, which is why we strongly encourage students take steps to ensure their safety and well-being while enjoying their studying experience.
Here are some important safety recommendations and resources to consider before traveling to the UK:
- Invest time in understanding the local customs and behaviours by speaking to current students or reading blogs. The UK is a diverse multicultural country with regional differences, consider this in your research.
- You will need to keep your belongings safe: do not leave items unattended when in the UK, keep important documents like passports in a secure location, and ensure that your accommodations are properly locked and secured.
- You may need to carry cash until you are able to open a bank account in the UK. Our recommendation is to avoid keep large amounts of cash – instead, try to bring a currency card that works in the UK or arrange to open a bank account before you come.
- Keep in mind that, in the UK, not all streets have adequate lighting. Be prepared that you may feel safer using taxis or walking home with friends when it is dark. In the winter months, it can get dark as early at 4pm!
- Make sure you understand the emergency services available in the UK, including the local police and hospitals. In the UK the emergency number (police, fire and ambulance service) is 999.
- Be cautious of fraud and scams, particularly over the phone and email. Some criminals may specifically target international students.
- Prioritise and be mindful of your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Consider declaring existing illnesses/disabilities to our Student Support & Wellbeing teams or contacting your GP in your first weeks at university.
- Stay connected with others. By building relationships and communities, international students can create a support network that can offer assistance and guidance when needed.
Click here for our International Safety Flyer which contains more information on staying safe in the UK.
We also recommend that you read the British Council’s Creating Confidence booklet.