Staying safe as a student at the University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a vibrant city where it’s easy to spot exciting opportunities and experiences both at university and across the city. And in general it is a safe city. In fact, it was the first city in Scotland to achieve Purple Flag status, a national accreditation that recognises city and town centres that excel in managing safety at night-time. However, it’s important that you stay alert and still be vigilant when walking around, especially late at night. Here are some simple ways you can stay safe when you’re out and about.

Avoid taking the short-cut

It’s best to stick to well-lit busy walkways when you’re out and about – especially at night. That means no quick routes through the park or cut-through back from the supermarket. Although Aberdeen is a safe place, it’s best not to put yourself in a situation where you’re putting your safety at risk. Find out more about getting home safely.

Plan your route

If you’ve just moved to Aberdeen or have just moved into a new part of town, you’ll know that it takes a while to get used to your surroundings. Make sure you know where you’re going and how you’re getting there before you leave your flat. This way you’re less likely to get lost – which means you’ll avoid getting Google maps out when you’re on the go. At the end of the day, it’s safer and smarter for you and your smartphone.

Stay alert to your surroundings

Try and avoid listening to music when you’re walking at night. We know it’s common practice for people to wear headphones when they’re out and about but the problem is, it reduces awareness of your surroundings. The same goes for talking on the phone.

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