Safety advice

Leeds is a great place to live and study. It's important to be prepared and take simple steps to stay safe and to know what to do if you're a victim of crime.

Like in any big city it’s important to take precautions, but don’t let safety worries stop you from making the most of your time here.

The University, Students’ Union and local Police work together to keep students safe. If you have any questions about safety or crime, we’re here to help you. We've put together some advice on keeping safe. 

Staying safe

Protect yourself

  • Use well-lit busy streets when walking at night.
  • Download the SafeZone is an app so you can get support quickly from University Security Services if you need it. This is an app that everyone on campus can use to ask for help. It is there to give you extra peace of mind in addition to the other support offered by the University. It is linked to the University’s Security team who are on call to help you 24/7.
  • Stay vigilant when using your mobile phone, and keep valuable items hidden, especially at night.
  • Use transport at night, you could:
  • When you are socialising, don't leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
  • If you drink alcohol take safety precautions such as drinking water or soft drinks between your alcoholic drinks.
  • Check your accommodation has working smoke alarms and a current gas certificate (more information is available from the Leeds University Union).

Protect your possessions

  • Ensure windows and doors are always locked, especially when you’re not at home.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Keep your bag, phone, laptop etc with you at all times.
  • Register your possessions with Immobilise so that the Police can return any stolen items, if found.

Protect your identity

  • Shred documents with personal details.
  • Keep PINs safe.
  • Don't respond to fake or scam emails asking for your personal details.
  • Find out how to protect yourself from fraud.

Report crime

Find out how to report crime and where you can get support on campus if you’re affected by crime.


If you have an emergency on or off campus call: 
Police, Fire, Ambulance and Coast Guard: 999

If the emergency is on campus you should also contact:
The University Security Service: 0113 343 2222

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