Leicester is generally a safe place to live and study.
Living in a new country can sometimes seem unsettling at first. Following some simple advice and taking a few basic precautions can make a real difference in keeping you, your accommodation and your belongings safe and secure.
A booklet "Creating Confidence" is published by the British Council and features comprehensive information on safety and security, including -
- The police in the UK
- Looking after your belongings
- Safety at home
- Safety on the streets
- Using public transport and taxis
- Laws in the UK
- What to do if arrested
- Racial discrimination
We recommend reading it carefully. You can download a copy here.
DMU Security team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Security control room is located on campus and as well as running campus patrols, Security operate a comprehensive CCTV system around campus. If you have any questions or concerns about your safety, you can contact Security at any time. We also recommend storing the Security number in your mobile.
DMU Security Estates Services Building: 0116 257 7642
DMU Security also provide advice and guidance on personal safety and how to look after yourself and your possessions. Click here for more information.
Once you have arrived at DMU, you should receive a Welcome folder, containing an emergency contacts card. If you don't have a Welcome folder, ask for one in Student Gateway.
Campus Police Officer
The DMU Security team work closely with the police. A specialist police officer, Gail Warden, is based on the DMU campus and has an office in the Student Gateway (Gateway House). You can contact Gail directly by mobile at 07772 567373 or online here.
Emergencies: If a crime is happening now, is about to happen, or has just happened then telephone 999 and ask for the police. For non-emergencies, you can also contact Leicester police on 0116 222 2222.
Arrange personal insurance
Although Leicester is a safe place for most students, as in any town or city crime can sometimes happen. We strongly recommend that you insure valuables and personal possessions, such as laptops, phones, i-pods, cameras, bicyles and music systems, which may be expensive to replace.
A number of UK insurers offer policies for international students. Endsleigh and SIS Direct are 2 such companies, though there are others - have a look online for other options.
Further advice and information
If you have any concerns or questions or want to know more, please get in touch with DMU Security, or PC Gail Warden.
You can find comprehensive information and advice in the "Creating Confidence" booklet.