Harriet is twenty-one years old and has just completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production. She will be graduating with a 2:1. Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.
As a new student in Ipswich, it’s important to stay safe. This is even more crucial in the upcoming winter months when the clocks change, and it gets dark by seven thirty pm. Ipswich is a wonderful place during the daytime but like most places, night-time can be a completely different experience.
Firstly, always ensure that the front door of your residence is secured after you enter. Most student accommodation is accessed only by students with a personal key or fob and separate key to your own door. After moving in, ensure all of your expensive belongings inside your building are insured. This can include bicycles, instruments, cameras and laptops. This will protect your belongings if anything bad does occur.
I would suggest that if you were to go out in the evening, try and ensure you are in a group or at least with a few people. If you are on your own, try and see if a friend can meet you on the way back. If alone, I think personal safety is worse as strangers may target you. However, if you do end up on your own, remember to bring a torch with you because sometimes there are not street lights on every road.
Furthermore, be responsible for yourself. If you go out drinking, don’t overdrink as you will not be in control of your actions. Overdrinking and losing awareness could give someone the opportunity to spike your drink. I would suggest only having a few drinks, so you are still aware of everything, always stay with your drink and never drink anything from someone you don’t know.
Never go out without a mobile phone, as this would be critical if there was an emergency or if you lose your friends. Additionally, if you are alone, being on a phone call can make you appear less isolated.
These points are a few simple pieces of advice to stay safe around University. I believe if you follow these, then the whole University experience will be much safer and more enjoyable.