With freshers now upon us, it’s important to know how to stay safe in this new, exciting chapter of your life. A new, independent lifestyle is just beginning for you, and it’s up to you to look after yourself, particularly on nights out. Be sure to check out our handy tips on how to stay safe during Freshers Week, and throughout the year, below:
1. Locking doors and windows
It seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised at just how many people don’t lock their doors at night or when they go out. Don’t give people the temptation by leaving them open or unlocked when you aren’t home. It only takes a moment to protect your belongings.
2. Check who is at the door
If possible, check to see who is at the door before you unlock it. If you feel anxious about letting them in then don’t be afraid to refuse them.
3. Avoid sharing your location and plans online
Specifically, before your plans take place, otherwise you are announcing that your accommodation is empty. It’s best to upload your photos after your night out, giving you time to find the best selfie to upload, or just enjoy the captured memories from the night before.
4. Eat well and know your alcohol limits
If you plan on exploring Wind Street or any clubs, it’s important to eat before going out. You should also be aware of your alcohol limits, as it tends to stop being fun when you’ve already had one drink too many. Remember, this is a week for having fun and not your ‘never again’ moment.
5. Watch your drinks
When on a night out, it’s important to watch your drinks. Although it’s unlikely your drink will be tampered, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t leave your drink unattended and don’t accept them from strangers.
6. Don’t go alone
Travel in a group, especially at night, there tends to be a sense of safety in numbers, and it’s also a great way to squeeze in an extra bit of bonding time with new friends.
7. Keep that phone juiced up
Make sure that your mobile phone has enough charge so you have a way to contact your friends if you get lost, or be able to call a taxi back home.
8. Know your way home
Self-explanatory, really. Nobody likes getting lost when trying to get home after a long day or night. Where possible, stick to well lit areas, particularly late at night.
9. Be aware of your surroundings
Texting, making phone calls and listening to music outside can alter your perception of your surroundings, so be safe and look both ways before crossing. If you’re listening to music or on the phone to someone, you may not be able to hear people or vehicles coming towards you.
10. Trust your instincts
Speaking personally, they haven’t let me down yet and you’d be surprised at how accurate they can be! I would rather be embarrassed getting it wrong than to regret not listening to them when they were right.
Now, what are you waiting for? We hope you enjoy your Freshers experiences and welcome to Swansea University!
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By Becky Barnfather