How to stay safe when you move to a new city

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When you move away from home and arrive in a new city, there are two main differences: newfound freedom and greater responsibility. You can guess which of these can quickly become forgotten! Moving to university is thrilling and terrifying all at once, but it’s important to stay level-headed and take responsibility for yourself. Remember that anyone can find themselves in risky situations, so here are a few tips on being streetwise and safe as a student.

Let people know your location

Text your location

If you’re headed out to an event somewhere, day or night, let your friends know exactly where you’ll be for your own security. Some options include connecting on the Find Friends iPhone app, using the Facebook Messenger feature that allows you to share your live location for 60 minutes (handy to activate as soon as you get to the venue), or downloading locator apps like Life360.

Chow before you down

Carb it up

There is a reason you’ve heard of this rule a hundred times before! If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you carb up - go for something filling, like a scrumptious pizza or a bowl of pasta. This is incredibly important for making sure you do not become dangerously drunk and find yourself in a sobering situation.

Safety in numbers

Safety in numbers

Partying or not, wherever you go, it’s always much safer as a group. If you’re out clubbing, this becomes essential – however, it’s understandable that sticking with your original group of friends may not always be practical. It’s natural to be separated from some members of the group, so make sure you always arrange to stay within view of each other. The biggest rule? Never leave alone!

Listen to your inner mum voice

Listen to your inner mum voice

Now that you’re out of sight from your parents, you basically have to mother yourself. Always trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, or if it makes you feel uncomfortable, walk away immediately. You can always say no in those situations, and should especially look after yourself during a late night out.

Clubbing in comfort

Clubbing in comfort

No night out is worth blisters or being bedridden, so dress comfortably. You may feel utterly fabulous in that sleek body-con dress when you go out clubbing, but falling ill from the unforgivingly cold weather in the queue for a club isn’t so fabulous. No matter how you dress, don’t assume the alcohol will warm you up; always wear a coat over it, or at least a jacket. Most clubs have cloakrooms, and it is well worth spending a couple of quid to avoid a day or two of suffering.

Save the digits

Save the digits

In an emergency, know who to contact. Your university will most likely give you a list of numbers at the beginning of term, including emergency medical services, so tack it up on your bulletin board and save it on your phone.

Do you have any tips for staying safe in a new city? Let us know on Twitter @LibertyLivingUK.