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Safety in the UK

Safe and welcoming

Feeling safe in your new home is an important part of settling in and getting the most out of your study abroad experience.

The UK is a welcoming and safe place to live and study, but as with any destination it’s important to take care of yourself with some simple safety measures.

Keeping safe in the UK

On your way to the UK, remember to keep your passport and visa in a safe place when you travel. Once you arrive, be aware of your surroundings and take some time to get to know your new town or city, so you can find your way around easily.

Public transport is readily available and easy to use, particularly in larger cities such as London. However, be careful when crossing the roads – cars drive on the left-hand side in the UK, which may be different to your home country.

Safety at the INTO Centres

Your safety is our number one concern, so when you choose to study at one of our INTO Centres, you can be sure that you’ll be as safe as possible at all times.

When you first arrive, you’ll be given a 24-hour emergency telephone number – we hope you’ll never need it, but there will be someone there to help you at any time.

In all INTO accommodation, there will be residential tutors to can offer support whenever you need it and make sure you’re safe.

And always trust your instincts and tell campus security immediately if you feel you or your classmates need help in any situation.

Safety tips

  • Don’t walk alone at night and choose well-lit routes. If you can, try to travel with friends.
  • Make sure your mobile is charged before you go out, so you can make a call in an emergency if you need to.
  • If you’re going out alone in the evening, let a friend know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash on you.
  • Keep emergency numbers saved to your phone, just in case you need them.
  • Keep important documents and your passport locked in a safe in your room.


We hope you'll never find yourself in an emergency situation, but it's important to know the right people to contact if you do.

  • To speak to a member of INTO staff, call the 24-hour emergency number you’ll be given when you arrive.
  • To speak to the emergency police, fire or ambulance services, dial 999.
  • To report a less serious crime, call 101.