Moving to a new country to study is a very exciting time, however there may also be some challenges as you start this new chapter in your life. We are here to support you to get the most out of your time here, while remaining safe. We recommend that you visit these websites where you will find lots of information about visas, settling into life in the UK and keeping safe while at University.
Here are some simple safety tips for International students:
When out and about:
- Stop and look before crossing the road- use pedestrian crossings if possible
- Be wary of strangers asking for money, you are not expected to give money to anybody (we advise you simply continue walking if someone asks you for money)
- Do not display your phone while walking; keep it in your pocket or bag
- Do not carry large amounts of cash and keep your valuables out of sight
- Always ask officials for identification to prove they are who they say they are (for example ticket inspectors on the bus)
- If you are issued with a fine or charge (due to an invalid bus ticket for example) do not pay immediately, ask for a receipt and report to the driver if you are worried
- Hang up immediately and speak to staff if you receive a strange phone call (for example asking for personal details)
- Do not share your personal or bank details over the phone even if they say there are an official
- Do not respond to emails if you are unsure of the sender and do not click on links
Some criminals may target international students and pretend to be from official organisations (such as Home Office or the Chinese Embassy)
There is also support within the university, the International Students Advisory Service (ISAS)
The Guild of Students runs Global Buddies - a buddying scheme which supports international students and organises regular events to socialise with your fellow students.