Accommodation

Before you agree to live in a particular area, make sure you visit it at night as well as in the daytime, just to make sure it feels right for you.

The best place to start is www.oxfordstudentpad.co.uk – it is a free property finder, managed by the University’s Residential Accommodation team.

Student accommodation

Tips to stay safe at home

  • Tailgating is common – always check who is coming in behind you.
  • Close your windows when you leave your room.
  • Don’t leave laptops in sight of ground-floor windows.
  • Make sure any USB sticks are kept safely locked away.
  • If you are in halls, lock your room door.
  • Before going to bed, double-check that your front and back doors are locked.
  • Don’t leave keys hanging up at the side of your front door – they can be hooked back through the letter box.
  • Register your small electrical goods for free on www.immobilise.com.
  • If you’re out for the evening, leave a light on so it looks like someone is in.
  • When you get home, close your curtains or pull the blind down so the contents of your room can’t be seen from the street.
  • Always look to see who’s at the front door before opening it.
  • If you are going away for a while, put your possessions away in a safe place.

If you see anything suspicious or suspect an intruder, call the police on 999 and then report it to your college and to Security Services. It may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.