While it can be tempting to hop into the first cab you see on a night out, ignore anyone who approaches you to offer you a ride – this is illegal. Private-hire taxis, including Uber, can only legally pick you up if you’ve booked, so don’t get into one without that booking confirmation.
Even when you do book, it’s good to be taxi smart by making sure that the car and registration number match the description the company send you.
There’s nothing worse than missing the last bus or train home. Most services stop running after a certain time at night, so make sure you plan ahead to ensure you don’t get caught out.
If you have a paper ticket, keep it separate from your phone and wallet. That way, you won’t get your valuables out when you show your ticket, and you’ll still be able to get home if you lose your device or wallet.
If you feel vulnerable on a bus, we recommend sitting close to the driver. On a train? Avoid empty carriages and don’t forget that you can always move to a different seat or part of the train if you feel uncomfortable.
Whether you’re coming to study with us from abroad or are travelling overseas for an event or business trip, your safety and security is our number one priority. With international travel, there are additional layers of personal safety to think about. That’s why the University has created international travel security and safety-specific guidance to help you out.