Student Personal Safety

A number of free personal safety items are available to all staff and students. Items are given out during Arrivals weekend and other Staff/Student induction events. You can also visit Campus Security at any time, to pick up a selection of items (stock permitting). Visit the Security and Transport Centre on the Canterbury campus or the Medway Building Security Office at Medway.


Products available include:

  • Purse/ Bag Cable
  • UV Security Marker
  • Personal Alarm
  • Secret Pocket
  • Purse Dipping Bells
  • MyBunjee
  • Carabiner Hook
  • Mini Purse/Bag Alarm

Further information

Safety Advice

  • Always lock your bedroom and flat/house door when you are not in and make sure windows are shut and locked. 1 in 3 burglaries occur when doors and windows have been left open.
  • Keep your keys and room fobs safe and don't give them to anyone else.
  • Don't let anyone you don't know tailgate through a secure door.
  • If you spot anything suspicious on campus call Campus Security on 01227 823300 or off campus call the Police (999 Emergency or 101 non-emergency).
  • Plan where you are going and how you are going to get back and, if you can, tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back.
  • Get a free personal safety alarm from Campus Security and carry it with you and make sure it's easily accessible.
  • Keep hold of your drinks at all times.
  • At night keep to well-lit streets and walk with others. On campus you can use the Security Walking Taxi Service.
  • Remember there's a 24-hour bus service available at Canterbury – use it.
  • Take advantage of the Street Marshal scheme to keep yourself safe when walking to campus after a night out.
  • The scheme is a partnership between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent Union, Christ Church Students' Union, Kent Police, Canterbury City Council, the Residents' Associations of north and south Canterbury and Right Guard Security.
  • The scheme operates in defined residential areas with the dual aims of safeguarding students and local residents as they transit through designated areas of Canterbury at night, and promoting positive community relationships by encouraging students and local residents to behave responsibly whilst walking through these areas.
  • Find details of the scheme, routes and timings.
  • Sign up to the Safe Taxi scheme
  • The scheme allows students who find themselves in a vulnerable situation to ensure they can reach their student accommodation or another destination, such as a Police Station or local hospital, quickly and safely. Students can request a taxi through the scheme even if they do not have the funds to pay the fare at the time of booking, as fares can be paid later on the Online Store.
  • Find details of the scheme.
  • Register your personal possessions with the free Immobilise service and you're more likely to get them back if they are stolen.
  • Don't leave personal items (like phones, laptops or purses) unattended in communal areas, particularly cafes, bars, the Library or study areas – even if you're just going to be a couple of minutes; that's all it takes.

Further personal safety advice is available from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the NUS website.

The Estates Department- © University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NN, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 23/02/2022