Safety in the UK

Personal Safety in Loughborough

Loughborough is a very safe place to live. Despite that, you should follow certain general rules and procedures to ensure that you stay as safe as possible. 

Safety when travelling to the UK

  • Ensure that you label your luggage clearly so it can be forwarded to you in the event of any airline baggage problems. 
  • Before you travel take a photocopy of any passports, or identification documents and store them in a separate place to your passport.
  • Ensure you know the name of your countries embassy in the event of any lost passports or travel documents.  
  • Carry any cash, cards or travelers cheques in a safe place, and avoid carrying large amounts of money. 

Personal Safety

  • Let someone know your route and expected time of arrival.
  • Stick to areas that are residential and well lit; avoid shortcuts.
  • Avoid listening to music as you will be less aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk on the right facing traffic as cars cannot pull up next to you from behind.
  • Conceal expensive items.
  • If getting a bus alone sit downstairs near the driver, in taxis sit behind the driver.
  • Always have your keys in your hand ready to open the door before you approach the property. 
  • Carry bags slightly towards your front when walking in busy areas or walking alone. 
  • Don't accept drinks from strangers when in a bar or club and avoid putting your drink down anywhere. 

Laws in the UK 

  • It is illegal to carry any drugs that are not prescribed by a doctor. 
  • You must be over 16 to buy tobacco
  • You must be over 18 to buy alcohol

Safety on public transport

When using public transport only use licensed taxis. There is a taxi rank at the Students' Union- ADT 01509 260000.

  • Sit in the back of the taxi at the opposite side to the driver
  • Most taxis in Loughborough only accept cash, so have sufficient cash ready for the journey. 
  • Most taxis have a meter where you will be able to see the cost of the journey. 
  • When travelling alone using buses always sit downstairs where the driver can see you. 
  • Avoid walking alone after getting off a train or bus, try and walk with a group- if you have a long distance to walk alone, in the dark it is advisable to get a taxi.
  • Keep your luggage as close to you as possible when using trains. 
  • Avoid sitting in an empty carriage when using trains or the Underground. 

Register with the Medical Centre

Search for and complete the ‘Registration Form’ from and send it to the Medical Centre (either by post, or by handing it in when you arrive). If you are currently taking medication please bring one month’s supply of medicine with you when you leave home.