Simple precautions don’t cost much time or money. Don’t act after the event, or wait until something has been stolen.
Make sure you eat before you go out – even if its just a sandwich. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is never a good idea.
Familiarise yourself with the new area before going out. There’s nothing nice about being lost, in the dark, on your own!
Save a number in your phone for your next of kin saved under ICE (in case of emergency). If something happens, the emergency services may look for it in order to gain a contact number.
If you’re in a club, never leave your drink unattended at any time.
Never get into a car or taxi with anyone you don’t trust.
Being at uni you want to try ‘new things’. Just be aware of what you are trying. People will tell you ‘it’ is ‘really, really safe’, but is it? Think carefully. Don’t let your time at uni become stuffed up by addiction.
All unis have a counselling service, and many have a Nightline/Helpline. If you are feeling depressed, talk to someone. Some people feel very homesick when they leave home for the first time – it’s normal, but it can also make your first term at uni unhappy. Talk to other people about how you are feeling, and if you get very low, reach out for help from the uni.