How to stay safe in your student accommodation
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Leaving home for the first time can be both daunting and exciting. So can choosing where to live; shared accommodation including halls-of-residence is the most popular choice with students today. If you're a student who is going away to university this September then we have some useful hints and tips which will help prepare you for university life. The idea of freedom, meeting new people and living an independent lifestyle cannot come quick enough for many, and it is often hard to prepare for life outside the family home. In preparation for this parents and carers play a key role in educating their children on the dangers associated with student life. Most students will have a rich and enjoyable experience throughout their studies, however awareness is key as one in three students are a victim of crime in some shape or form. For geographical crime facts and figures see http://www.police.uk/ . So, for worried parents and inexperienced students, what can you expect when you move away from home? Accommodation
- Where you choose to live is a big commitment and it needs to be somewhere where you feel both comfortable and safe. For the first year most students decide to live in student halls of residence to interact and live with other students of a similar age and similar interests.
- Social networking sites play an important role in a student`s social life, however it is important to think about internet safety, so be aware of what you reveal to strangers – especially if your social profile page has pictures of your house. While this may be useful for invitees, there is also a chance of burglars seeing this as an opportunity.
- If you choose to stay in student accommodation be careful of who you invite over. It is customary for fresher’s to host parties and show flatmates around their living quarters. It may break the ice; but this could attract unwanted attention.
- Don’t advertise your house as a student one because people are aware of what a typical student house looks like. Burglars will target student houses for electronics (such as laptops) as opposed to a family household. As students are expected to have valuables it is a good idea to mark valuables with a pen torch. Most student houses do not have curtains (especially blackout curtains) so it is important to invest in some and you can also buy a cheap curtain pole to match to help hide valuables.
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