Studying and living safely in the UK

Living in a different country while you study is a fantastic opportunity, but it can also be a little daunting too. No matter what corner of the world you’re from, we’re here to support you every step of the way, offering you the reassurance you need to thrive in Brum and beyond. 

How safe is Birmingham?

Hear from some of our international students about their experience of living on our campus and in the city.

Your personal safety

Discover how to help protect yourself, your data, and your valuables to embrace student life with confidence.

A culture change

There will be things about UK culture and ways of doing things that are different to your home country. It can therefore be difficult to know what’s ‘normal’ here. These tips should help:

  • Never carry large amounts of cash
  • Stop and look both ways before crossing the road, and use a pedestrian crossing if you can
  • You are not expected to give money to anyone, even if they ask – just keep walking
  • Keep your phone in your pocket or bag when you’re out
  • Ask officials to show their identification (e.g., a ticket inspector on a bus, maintenance staff/plumber coming to fix the bathroom)
  • Never share your personal information or bank details over the phone. If you receive a strange phone call, end it immediately.
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended, even if you’re only leaving them for a few minutes

We recommend getting student travel insurance for your journey to the UK that also covers your time in Birmingham. While this isn’t a necessity, it will help protect your belongings while you’re away from home.

If you live in University accommodation, a basic level of contents insurance will be provided. 

We're here for you

Our Community Safety and Security teams are here to help you feel safe, secure, and at home on campus and beyond. You can get in touch with them on the numbers below, or drop into the Community Safety Hub between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. They're a friendly bunch, on hand to give you advice and any support you may need during your time at University of Birmingham.

Smiling security officer talking to student on campus

Key contact numbers

Make sure to save these in your phone so they’re to hand whenever you need them. Never be afraid to call.

  • 999 – Emergency services (works without a SIM card)
  • 101 – Non-emergency police
  • 111 – Non-emergency health advice
  • 61016 – British Transport Police
  • 0121 414 4444 – On-campus security (emergency)
  • 0121 414 3000 – On-campus security (non-emergency)
  • 0121 414 2613 – On-campus Community Safety Hub 

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