Find out how to keep yourself and your property safe while living in private sector accommodation.
Ways to stay safe
To keep yourself and your property safe and secure, you should:
- make sure your windows and doors close properly and lock. You should report any issues to your landlord
- check you have shut the windows and locked the doors when you leave the property
- keep valuable items out of sight and if you’ve bought new things don’t leave the empty boxes outside – this shows you have potentially expensive items in the house
- shred bank statements and other personal correspondence to minimise the risk of ID theft
- get contents insurance for your personal belongings
- leave a light on in the house or invest in a light timer to make it look like the property is occupied when you are out
- if you’re away for a while, such as during the holidays, take more expensive possessions like laptops home with you.
Report antisocial behaviour or harassment
If you experience antisocial behaviour or harassment seek help as soon as possible.
You can contact:
You should keep a record of any incidences.
If you need urgent help, call the police on 999.
If you need to contact the police for non-emergency incidents call 101.
The on-duty Residential Community Coordinator will return your call within the hour. They will offer over-the-phone advice and tell you where to get support.
Calls are charged at your local standard rate.
Important: This service does not replace the emergency services. In an emergency you must call 999. This is free.
Before something becomes an issue, see advice about getting on with housemates.
If you need to resolve conflict or difficulties with housemates, there is a mediation service provided by the Student Life Centre.
After you email the service, a Student Life Adviser will get in touch to arrange an initial appointment to talk through the situation.
As part of that initial meeting the adviser will assess if mediation is an appropriate route, explain what happens in mediation and identify other support services that may be helpful.
If mediation can go ahead the adviser will contact the other party and explain the mediation process and offer them an initial appointment.
If both parties are happy to proceed, a joint mediation meeting will be organised to take place in the Student Life Centre on campus.
If you’re going out for a popular student night, there are people offering safety, welfare advice and support in getting home.
These people are called Sussex Street Marshals and Good Night Owls.
Sussex Street Marshals
Sussex Street Marshals patrol the Lewes Road and Level areas of Brighton on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights between 10pm and 4am. They can offer advice about getting around the city for the first time and support if you are having problems getting home safely.
They operate during the autumn term and have community safety accreditation issued by Sussex Police.
Good Night Owls
The Good Night Owls are a team of student volunteers who patrol town on Wednesday and Friday nights to help vulnerable students. Teams of three are out in central Brighton between 11pm and 4am to provide students with first aid and welfare help.
This initiative is called The Good Night Project. It is run by the Students’ Union and funded by the University.