If you are leaving home for the very first time and heading off to university, there are plenty of things you’re going to be excited about. Late nights in the student bar, making new friends and enjoying new experiences. There are also a number of more personal things you should be thinking about. Your own safety and security being at the top of the list. Like many of your fellow students you will be bringing some very valuable electronic devices to help you when you study and to provide entertainment during your downtime. Have you thought about how you’re going to keep these items safe? Here are a few tips for you to consider.
Do You Need to Bring All Your Possessions?
This is the first thing to consider before you leave home. There are bound to be a few valuable possessions you won’t necessarily need at uni. If you’ve got an expensive watch or jewellery it might be better if you leave these at home where they will be safer.
Is a TV Necessary?
There are some very expensive flat screen TVs available that do enhance your viewing but is such an expense really necessary. You’re going to be studying a lot of the time, hopefully, and when you’re not there will be a wealth of activities you can enjoy. If you really need to watch TV, consider subscribing to a service such as Netflix. You’ll be able to watch the latest movies and series on your laptop.
Many of the big-name insurance companies have special deals for students in rented accommodation and they will be more than happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Ask about cover for items when you take them out of your lodgings. For example, your tablet, mobile phone or laptop that will be with you during class. If you’ll be travelling to uni by bicycle check whether this can be covered as well.
Contact the Student Office
When you’re staying on campus there will be a student office you can approach for advice. They also help students by warning of any scams going on.
Personal security is not something to be taken lightly. When you’re away at classes lock your doors and windows and don’t leave valuables lying around in plain sight. A would-be thief walking past an open window will be very tempted to reach in and steal your smartphone if you’ve left it charging on the sill while you nipped to the shops. If you have any valuables you really can’t afford to lose consider buying a safe from a reputable company like Secure Safe. This is the ultimate in protection and they are available in a range of prices to suit all budgets.