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Crime in University Cities and Towns

The safest and less-safe universities and colleges for student-relevant crime.

Crime heatmap
Map showing crime hot spots

Official data for crime specifically against students is not available, so we have taken professional advice on the crimes most relevant to students and have looked at – burglary, robbery and violent crime.

Crime statistics – England and Wales (excluding London)

University or College Burglary Robbery Violent Crime Grand Total
Buckingham 3.57 0.06 3.60 7.22
Winchester 3.62 0.16 4.76 8.54
Harper Adams 3.35 0.08 5.24 8.67
Aberystwyth 1.30 0.18 7.59 9.06
Durham 4.32 0.07 5.12 9.50
Bucks New 3.14 0.33 6.40 9.88
Falmouth 2.99 0.12 6.92 10.03
Bath Spa 3.95 0.19 6.41 10.56
Hertfordshire 4.68 0.26 6.47 11.41
Edge Hill 6.56 0.25 4.72 11.54
Chichester 3.64 0.18 8.08 11.90
Sunderland 5.02 0.24 6.89 12.15
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 2.29 0.04 9.83 12.16
Bath 4.40 0.15 7.68 12.23
Surrey 5.61 0.27 6.42 12.30
Bangor 3.18 0.03 9.56 12.77
University of Law 5.51 0.28 7.16 12.96
South Wales 3.96 0.15 9.07 13.18
Oxford 4.71 0.57 8.20 13.47
Royal Holloway 5.94 0.16 7.66 13.76
Reading 4.76 0.54 8.50 13.81
Cambridge 5.57 0.41 7.88 13.87
Portsmouth 5.96 0.36 7.60 13.92
Oxford Brookes 4.65 0.60 8.77 14.02
Sussex 5.24 0.55 8.41 14.20
York St John 4.99 0.23 9.13 14.35
Chester 6.52 0.15 7.90 14.57
York 5.15 0.24 9.37 14.77
Anglia Ruskin 5.82 0.24 9.02 15.08
Newcastle 5.62 0.51 8.98 15.11
Southampton Solent 6.95 0.65 7.66 15.26
Southampton 6.82 0.65 7.84 15.31
St Mark and St John 3.57 0.16 11.58 15.31
Northumbria 5.78 0.53 9.19 15.49
Royal Agricultural University 9.83 0.06 5.70 15.59
Worcester 4.98 0.18 10.43 15.60
West of England, Bristol 6.26 0.55 8.97 15.78
Arts University Bournemouth 6.71 0.33 8.76 15.81
Bournemouth 6.71 0.33 8.76 15.81
Huddersfield 7.53 0.48 8.01 16.02
Loughborough 6.42 0.32 9.30 16.05
Brighton 5.62 0.67 10.04 16.33
Cumbria 4.51 0.20 11.71 16.43
Gloucestershire 8.98 0.26 7.20 16.44
Keele 4.26 0.33 12.13 16.72
Lincoln 7.60 0.37 9.03 17.00
Exeter 5.04 0.26 11.79 17.09
Kent 5.46 0.40 11.26 17.12
Lancaster 6.81 0.30 10.16 17.27
Warwick 6.90 1.24 9.37 17.51
University Campus Suffolk 5.02 0.56 12.01 17.59
Newman 6.51 1.57 9.57 17.66
Leeds Trinity  10.19 0.62 7.08 17.89
Norwich University of the Arts 4.61 0.34 13.12 18.07
Swansea 5.35 0.24 12.57 18.16
Nottingham Trent 7.34 0.89 10.06 18.29
Sheffield Hallam 9.74 1.05 7.82 18.61
Sheffield 9.77 1.05 7.83 18.66
Bolton 7.91 0.81 10.10 18.82
Central Lancashire 5.73 0.52 12.62 18.87
East Anglia 5.03 0.38 13.78 19.19
Bishop Grosseteste 8.37 0.45 10.37 19.19
Canterbury Christ Church 5.50 0.51 13.46 19.47
Wolverhampton 7.72 1.42 10.55 19.69
Liverpool Hope 7.83 1.24 10.73 19.80
Coventry 7.85 1.26 10.74 19.86
Cardiff Metropolitan 7.22 0.39 12.47 20.08
Cardiff 7.06 0.42 12.69 20.16
Bedfordshire 7.91 1.29 11.12 20.32
University for the Creative Arts 5.56 0.55 14.35 20.45
Bristol 7.27 0.74 12.53 20.55
Plymouth 4.39 0.29 15.89 20.57
Leicester 7.78 1.01 12.46 21.24
Essex 5.53 0.49 15.83 21.86
De Montfort 8.12 1.03 12.74 21.89
Bradford 10.59 0.92 10.68 22.20
Teesside 8.56 0.66 13.06 22.28
Nottingham 7.82 1.46 13.65 22.93
Northampton 8.98 1.40 12.65 23.04
Derby 9.08 1.44 13.08 23.60
Birmingham 7.08 2.72 14.14 23.93
University College Birmingham 6.95 2.89 14.29 24.13
Staffordshire 5.61 0.71 18.02 24.34
Liverpool 9.59 1.36 13.53 24.49
Birmingham City 7.28 2.71 14.50 24.49
Leeds Metropolitan 11.06 1.26 12.21 24.53
Aston 7.03 2.86 14.70 24.59
Glyndŵr 9.95 0.23 14.47 24.65
Leeds 11.18 1.31 12.52 25.01
Liverpool John Moores 9.82 1.44 13.83 25.08
Hull 11.70 0.63 13.76 26.10
Salford 11.50 2.76 13.11 27.37
Manchester 12.77 2.81 13.01 28.58
Manchester Metropolitan 12.77 2.85 13.05 28.66
Royal Northern College of Music 12.87 2.87 13.13 28.87

Crime statistics – London

University or College Burglary Robbery Violent Crime Grand Total
Kingston 6.52 0.92 7.97 15.41
Roehampton 7.07 1.50 9.75 18.32
St Mary's 6.47 0.97 11.02 18.47
Middlesex 8.17 1.97 11.14 21.28
St George's, University of London 7.89 2.87 11.60 22.36
West London 7.60 1.99 12.90 22.49
Brunel 9.38 1.62 15.39 26.38
East London 7.03 3.44 16.20 26.67
BPP University 9.37 3.45 14.49 27.32
Greenwich 7.76 3.53 16.48 27.77
Goldsmiths 8.28 3.86 15.76 27.89
Heythrop College 10.01 4.21 15.89 30.11
Queen Mary 8.94 4.17 18.28 31.39
Imperial College London 10.25 4.49 16.79 31.53
Royal College of Music 10.19 4.56 16.81 31.56
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama 10.61 4.33 16.86 31.79
Royal Veterinary College 11.24 4.61 18.11 33.96
London Metropolitan 10.82 4.43 18.94 34.19
Westminster 10.92 4.96 18.38 34.25
Royal Academy of Music 11.13 5.04 18.85 35.02
SOAS 11.01 4.89 19.14 35.04
University of the Arts 10.89 5.11 19.11 35.11
University College London 11.17 5.11 18.93 35.21
Birkbeck 11.13 5.12 18.98 35.23
London School of Economics 10.93 5.25 19.22 35.40
City University London 10.91 5.02 19.61 35.54
Pearson College 11.08 5.52 19.26 35.86
Courtauld Institute of Art 11.06 5.51 19.49 36.07
London South Bank 10.64 5.83 19.65 36.13
King's College London 10.99 5.71 19.94 36.65
ifs University College 10.43 5.55 20.67 36.65
  • These statistics are not specific to students but relate to the whole population of the defined area.
  • We list the annual reported incidents per thousand residents for the period May 2013–April 2014, within wards or electoral divisions of which parts are within 3 miles of the main university or college campus, normalised for population density.
  • This data is compiled from www.police.uk.
  • Comparable data for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not available. Rankings for cities and towns in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with two or more universities are available – see How Safe is Your City?

The police.uk definitions of the three selected crimes are:

  • burglary includes offences where a person enters a house or other building with the intention of stealing;
  • robbery includes offences where a person uses force or threat of force to steal;
  • violent crime includes offences against the person such as common assaults, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences.
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