Staying safe and healthy

Students walking

It’s important you keep safe and well while studying.

Staying safe

Making sure that you’re safe at university is a priority for us, that’s why we have security teams on our campuses dedicated to your safety. We’re based in relatively safe cities, but it’s important that you remain vigilant whether you’re on campus or not. Take a look at the Keep Safe page for more information.

COVID-secure campuses

Since September 2020, we’ve implemented a number of additional measures to make sure that our buildings, facilities and equipment are safe to use. We ask that you read all of the information on our safe and inclusive campuses page to make sure you’re doing your part to keep yourself and others safe. 

Tips for staying safe

On campus

  • Get to know your way around campus, and familiarise yourself with the opening hours
  • Don’t allow anyone that doesn’t have student ID access to ARU buildings or accommodation
  • Always protect your personal belongings
  • Don’t leave valuables, such as laptops or mobile phones unattended
  • Familiarise yourself with how to report a crime on campus

In accommodation

  • Make sure you lock all windows and doors when you go out
  • Keep your valuables out of sight
  • Keep your curtains or blinds closed at night
  • Register your valuable items
  • Ask unknown visitors for identification before letting them enter your home

Around the city

  • Don’t walk home alone at night
  • If you do find yourself out alone at night, keep to well-lit areas with other people around
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Let your flatmates or friends know where you’re going and when you’ll be home
  • Make sure your mobile phone always has plenty of charge, especially when you’re out alone
  • Don’t leave drinks unattended in bars or nightclubs
  • Keep your valuable items out of sight

Sexual violence

Sexual violence and harassment means any behaviour of a sexual nature that is unsolicited and takes place without consent. This can be anything from inappropriate comments and groping to sexual assault and rape. It’s important to remember that sexual harassment can happen to anyone and it’s never the fault of the person experiencing it.

If you want to report an incident of sexual harassment or violence, you can report it to us and get further support via Unsilenced, our online reporting tool.

Staying healthy

If you’re moving to live on campus or in the city make sure you register with a doctor when you arrive. It's common to get 'Freshers' flu' in the first few weeks so make sure you register before you get ill.

There are some illnesses which students can be more prone to, including meningitis and mumps. Remember actual cases are relatively uncommon but it’s important you know what to do if you’re worried.

Meningitis and mumps

Have you had your meningitis jab?

Before starting ARU, make sure you’ve had the MenW vaccination from your GP to protect yourself and others.

If you haven’t had the jab before you start, please register with a doctor as soon as you arrive and book an appointment to have the jab.  

Meningitis advice

Emergency contacts

If you think that you or someone you know may have meningitis:

  • Call 111 or your local GP
  • Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency centre
  • Call 999 for an ambulance.

Describe the symptoms carefully and say that you think it could be meningitis.

It's important to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and mumps, and to know what action to take if you, or someone you know, is showing any signs of the illness.

More information about meningitis can be found at:

More information about mumps can be found on the NHS website.

It's important to recognise the symptoms and know when you need to visit a doctor.

If you fall ill on campus with mumps you will need to visit a doctor quickly. If you need medical advice but it is not an emergency, you can call the NHS on 111.

What next?

Support with learning difficulties