It's important you familiarise yourself with our emergency information in case you ever discover a fire or need first aid help, or need to contact our
security staff in an emergency.
Our campuses are generally very safe environments. We want to ensure that
things stay this way. In order to achieve this we work closely with local
agencies including the police and borough councils.
There is 24-hour security at our Colchester Campus. Our helpful and friendly security team are based in the Information Centre on
Square 3, or you can call them on 01206 872125. Please also familiarise yourself with our safety advice below.
Union safety shuttle bus runs overnight from Wednesday to Sunday.
For those walking to and from campus, we would encourage you to join our
‘Walking Together’ email subscription where you can make contact with other
University members walking on your route. Membership of the subscription list is
instant just follow these steps:
subscribe to the Walking Together list
- in the subject line add your destination, such as: Quays, Meadows or Avon
- then add the time you plan to leave
Free personal alarms are available for students and staff to collect from the
Information Centre on Square 3. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides information on
purpose of and using a personal alarm.
General advice and information
- Avoid walking or cycling alone in isolated areas or along isolated and unlit
or poorly lit footpaths. Try to arrange to walk with others and keep to well lit
- Remember short cuts are not always the safest routes.
- Avoid using mobile phones when walking alone or when you are in large
- Use bank machines in daylight hours if possible, don't use them if anyone
suspicious is hanging around.
- Don't walk around with glasses or bottles, or anything that others could use
as a weapon against you.
- If you are carrying a bag, keep the opening in your sight or against your
- Don't keep keys in your bag.
- Don't keep pin numbers with credit or debit cards.
- Don't carry large sums or money around with you - carry only what you need.
- Don't carry debit or credit cards around with you if they are not needed.
- Consider purchasing a personal alarm.
- At the Colchester Campus make use of the Students' Union Minibus to get to
and from the off campus residences. Use it or lose it!
Essex Police have produced
personal safety information providing useful tips so that you can avoid
becoming a victim of crime.
Living off campus
We have been informed by Colchester Police that houses occupied by students
on the Greenstead Estate have been targeted by burglars who are aware that
students are likely to have valuable electronic equipment such as laptops, MP3
Please take care to keep your home secure and your belongings safe, and we
recommend you take out insurance.
Pubs, clubs and bars
- When you are in a club or bar watch your drinks and the drinks of your
friends. Keep them in sight and never leave them unattended.
- Drinking from a bottle and holding onto it when in the bar means you can
keep your thumb over the top to make sure no one puts anything in your drink.
- Don't take drinks out on the street - bottles and glasses make good weapons
that could be used against you.
- Be cautious of taking drinks from strangers especially if you didn't see
them poured or opened.
- Look after each other. If someone is drunk or unwell try to arrange to get
them home safely - don't let them wander about in a confused or aggressive state
on their own.
- Remember if you are drunk or under the influence of other substances you may
not be in control and are particularly vulnerable!
Although this is not a particular problem in the local area beware of drinks
being interfered with or spiked. Young people can be particularly vulnerable to
these types of incident which can lead to such things as robbery and rape.
We ask you to be considerate and think of how your behaviour might affect
other students or residents. The University will not tolerate anti-social
behaviour on campus or in the local community.
We urge you to report any incident of attack or assault to the police by
dialling 101. If you are off campus and in need of immediate emergency
assistance dial 999. If you are on campus then you can contact security for
assistance or to report an incident or attack.
Alternatively, you can also report incidents to:
Loughton or Southend Campus
Please report incidents to your local Police station or to your Student Services Hub.
You are urged to take extra care during the winter months when it is often
dark and can be icy. Be aware that drivers may not be able to see you if you are
wearing dark clothing and make sure that you have plenty of time for crossing
roads. It is recommended that you do not listen to music so that you can hear
and see the traffic. International students need to be particularly aware as
many of you will come from countries where traffic travels on the right.
Students based at the Colchester campus are reminded of the danger of
crossing the A133 dual carriageway between campus and the Greenstead Estate
(Clinghoe Hill). The road has poor visibility for drivers, especially after dark
and traffic is very fast. There have been serious accidents on this road that
have lead to fatalities. Please take care and only cross at the pedestrian
crossings at the roundabout.
The Highway Code is not just
for drivers, it applies to cyclists too. Key points of the code for cyclists
- At night your cycle must have front and rear lights lit. It
must also be fitted with a red rear reflector, white front reflectors and spoke
reflectors will also help you to be seen.
- You must not cycle on a pavement. Do not leave your cycle where it would
endanger or obstruct road users or pedestrians, for example, lying on the
pavement. Use cycle parking facilities where provided.
We recommend that you buy at least one sturdy lock for your bike as we
frequently have reports of bikes being stolen. This is much less likely to
happen if you have locked your bike with one or more D-locks. If your bike is
stolen report it to your local police station as soon as possible. If it is
stolen from the Colchester Campus also report it to the
Patrol Staff at the Information Centre, Square 3.
All drivers in the UK must abide by
The Highway Code. If you do not have a UK driving licence and want to know
if you can drive in the UK, the
DVLA has all the relevant information. We also recommend you read the UKCISA
guidance for international students on
driving in the UK.
In the UK, it is the law that children must use a
child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
There are several
taxi companies in the local area, you can also call ‘Infoline’ which
operates overnight, 01206 87(4062).
The companies and their drivers should be able to quote you a price before
you travel although some cabs work with a meter and some don’t. All taxis and
minicabs operating legally are licensed – don’t get into an unmarked car,
even if the driver says they are from a taxi service.
Other useful information