Buses in Tianjin China

Safety in China

Staying safe in China

Starting life in a new country is exciting but sometimes quite nerve-wracking, not just for you but also for your family and friends back home.

It’s very unlikely you’ll encounter any danger while studying in Nankai, but making sure you don’t find yourself in any harm is our main priority. Tianjin is a safe city but it’s sensible to take the usual precautions when walking around campus at night or when exploring the city.

Safety on campus

There is a large network of CCTV cameras on campus, as well as wardens situated at all road entrances to help keep you safe. There is also daytime security provided at the reception of your accommodation building.

You will be given a 24-hour emergency telephone number when you arrive which will give you access to our student support team whenever you need it. We can also help you get a mobile phone working as soon as you arrive in China.

Safety tips

  • If you’re going out alone, let someone know where you’re going and what time you plan to be back, particularly at night
  • Make sure you’re careful to lock the doors behind you when entering and leaving your accommodation
  • People drive very fast in China and roads are often busy, so wait for the green light and cross where the locals cross. On busier roads, use the pedestrian bridges provided
  • Your student ID is an important form of identification, so keep this with you at all times
  • If you need help in an emergency, most local high school and university students will have a good level of English and can assist you

What to do in an emergency

If you need help in an emergency, the following services can be reached at these numbers:

  • Police: 110
  • Fire: 119
  • Ambulance: 120

If you fall seriously ill and need to go to hospital, we can come with you to help translate your symptoms.

And in case you get lost, it’s worth keeping your campus address written down so that a taxi can bring you back to a familiar location quickly and safely.

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