Tips for students to stay safe on and off campus

Tips for students to stay safe on and off campus

When leaving the comfort of home for a new chapter in life, we all want to be safe. At North-West University (NWU), we pride ourselves on providing not only quality education but also a safe and secure environment for our students.

In fact, NWU was recently rated the safest university in South Africa, a testament to our commitment to your well-being. While we do our utmost to maintain a safe campus, it’s important for every student to take responsibility for their own safety, both on and off campus.

Here are some valuable safety tips to help you stay safe during your time at NWU:

1. Safety in numbers

There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, travel in a group, especially in the evening or in unfamiliar areas. Avoid venturing out on the streets alone, as this can make you more vulnerable. Whether you’re walking to a friend’s place or returning from a late-night study session, having company can significantly reduce the risk of encountering dangerous situations.

2. Stay alert

Being aware of your surroundings is a fundamental aspect of personal safety. Always stay alert and attentive, whether you’re walking on campus, in town, or anywhere else. Avoid distractions such as excessive phone use or loud music while walking, as this can make you an easy target for potential threats. Walk with confidence, as this simple act can deter potential troublemakers.

3. Call a friend

If you’re planning a night out on the town, it’s a good idea to have a safety plan in place. Before heading out, arrange with a trusted friend or family member to pick you up after your outing. Students can sometimes become targets when leaving social gatherings late at night, so having a reliable ride can ensure you get to your destination safely.

Also be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded places or on public transport. Keep your belongings safe and avoid displaying valuable items such as expensive jewellery or electronics in public. Familiarise yourself with well-lit and busy routes to and from campus to minimise the chances of encountering suspicious people or vehicles.

Your safety is paramount, and while NWU takes extensive measures to provide a safe campus environment, it’s important that you play an active role in protecting yourself.

By staying alert, travelling in groups, and having a plan for nights out, you can increase your safety both on and off campus. Stay safe, stay vigilant, and enjoy your time at North-West University to the fullest!

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