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How to stay safe at university

The Growing Up Guide

Heading off to university for the first time is certainly an exciting experience.

More often than not, young, fresh faces become overwhelmed by having to pack essentials or preparing to form new relationships, that they can sometimes skip over some of the vital rules they need to learn about safety at university.

So before you may learn these lessons the hard way, here are a few of The Growing Up Guide’s top tips on staying safe at uni:

Eat good, feel good

Everyone knows this most basic cardinal rule of drinking, and if you don’t, girl, where have you been?

Before every wild night out, make sure that your stomach is sufficiently filled – whether it be a nice healthy meal or a glorious pizza.

Sure, you may look slightly bloated in your bodycon dress at first, but sooner or later it will disappear; and at the end of the day, would you rather be bloated for half an hour, or become drowned in FOMO because you got way too trashed at pre-drinks?

Make sure you get those digits

No, we don’t mean that hot, mysterious guy from the bar who keeps giving you the eyes. This version is not as fun, but it is essential.

Ensure that as soon as you move into your student accommodation, you find out your landlord’s contact number. This way as soon as the smallest problem arises (which is usually guaranteed with student accommodation) you can harass them to sort everything out.

Use your head

Common sense can help you through a lot of #adulting tasks at uni, and similarly, it can help keep you safe too. Little things, like keeping your new laptop out of sight, can help safeguard your possessions.

As well as this, just trust your instincts. After all, you know you better than anyone else, so just listen to your head*.

*except when it’s telling you to drunk text your ex.

Wrap it up

With all the excitement of new relationships and new beginnings at university, it’s important that you take a step back and think because you don’t want to start the beginning of an STI.

Yes, we know that things can happen in the heat of the moment, but we’re all adults. Don’t be afraid to tell your beau to wrap it up because you don’t want to snap up a nasty infection.

No = No

Even though in the society that we live in today, a good proportion of people understand the crisis that is sexual assault. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for others.

Just remember, that your body adheres to your rules. So you do you, fool around with whoever you like, as long as you’re not afraid to stand up for yourself when you need to.

There’s no place like home

And there certainly isn’t when you’re completely and utterly lost. If you move to a whole new city for university, it can take a while to get a grasp of your bearings. So if you’re going out, especially during Fresher’s Week, make sure you know your way home, because you don’t want to end up stranded.

The best way to do this is book your taxi in advance; they’ll do the remembering so you don’t have to. And you won’t have to tear your feet to shreds walking home in heels. Win-win.

Assemble the squad

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation. Literally. Not only will a large group of you result in some funny times for nights out, but it will also keep you safe at uni. For one, you’re stronger in numbers, and no one wants to face off with you and your girls. And, ultimately, you can also save a bit of money because the taxi fare will be way cheaper on the way home…

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