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A University Student’s Guide to Staying Safe

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Whether you’re planning to study in Tunbridge Wells itself or you’re heading further afield to complete your course, you’ll need to take the issue of safety seriously. As a new student, it’s easy to let your newfound freedom go to your head and, if you do, you could end up putting your wellbeing at risk. To ensure you don’t fall into this trap, take a look at this guide to staying safe.

Don’t get caught in the moment: protect your sexual health

University’s a great place to meet potential partners, but it’s important to take a responsible approach to sexual health. If you don’t plan ahead, you could find that you get caught in the moment and end up risking unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are lots of different types of contraception to choose from, including condoms, diaphragms, patches, injections, implants, the combined pill and the progesterone-only ‘mini’ pill . You can find out more about your options online by visiting websites such as https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com or by speaking to your doctor.

Bear in mind that the only type of contraception that can protect you from STIs is a condom, so it’s always useful to have some of these on standby. If you ever think you may have contracted an infection, book a test at your GP surgery or a sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

Know your limits on nights out

Students aren’t known for shying away from alcohol, and nights out in pubs, bars and clubs can be a great way to get to know people and to relax. To stay safe though, you’ve got to be aware of your limits and exercise some self-restraint. If you drink too much, you could end up making yourself potentially seriously ill. To enjoy a good night out without wrecking your health in the process, make sure you pace your drinking, and don’t try to keep up with the biggest boozers. Also, it’s important to stay in a group when you’re out at night and never be tempted to walk home alone.

Protect your possessions

From your laptop or tablet to your mobile and MP3 player, you might have a whole range of valuables with you at uni. Unfortunately, students aren’t always the most sensible when it comes to protecting their possessions, and this makes them a prime target for thieves. To minimise the risk that your things will be stolen, make sure you always lock the doors and windows in your accommodation. Also, don’t leave valuables lying around in public places like libraries and pubs. Even if you only leave your possessions unattended for a matter of seconds, this can give an opportunistic thief enough time to take them.

As long as you follow suggestions like these, you should be able to make the most of student life without putting your safety at risk.

 

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