Crime in University Cities

Statistics for crimes most likely to affect students – burglary, robbery and violent crime, near university campuses for England and Wales, and separately for London. You can also see the crime statistics by region.

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  • These statistics are not specific to students but related to the whole population of the defined area.
  • We list the annual reported incidents per thousand residents, May 2012–April 2013, within wards or electoral divisions of which parts are within 3 miles of the main campus.
  • 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?
  • See notes at the foot of the tables for information about compilation of data.

Crime statistics – England and Wales (excluding London)

Institution Burglary Robbery  Violent Crime  Grand Total 
Aberystwyth 0.07 0.00 0.39 0.47
Durham 0.37 0.00 0.38 0.75
Winchester 0.35 0.03 0.43 0.81
Edge Hill 0.50 0.00 0.37 0.87
Royal Agricultural University 0.75 0.03 0.12 0.90
Harper Adams 0.18 0.00 0.73 0.92
Bucks New 0.33 0.03 0.60 0.96
Buckingham 0.50 0.00 0.47 0.98
Hertfordshire 0.40 0.05 0.57 1.02
Gloucestershire 0.68 0.01 0.35 1.04
Kent 0.40 0.00 0.69 1.09
Cambridge 0.43 0.02 0.69 1.15
Portsmouth 0.47 0.05 0.63 1.15
Glamorgan 0.32 0.02 0.84 1.17
University of South Wales 0.32 0.02 0.84 1.17
Bath Spa 0.41 0.03 0.74 1.18
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 0.19 0.00 1.02 1.20
Royal Holloway 0.62 0.02 0.57 1.21
Falmouth University 0.34 0.00 0.88 1.22
Sunderland 0.55 0.02 0.66 1.23
Chester 0.73 0.02 0.52 1.26
Anglia Ruskin 0.42 0.03 0.82 1.27
Canterbury Christ Church 0.45 0.00 0.87 1.32
Bath 0.34 0.03 0.98 1.34
Reading 0.53 0.05 0.78 1.35
York St John 0.60 0.02 0.76 1.37
Surrey 0.62 0.02 0.76 1.39
University for the Creative Arts 0.46 0.00 0.94 1.40
Southampton Solent 0.70 0.07 0.64 1.41
Bangor 0.28 0.03 1.11 1.42
Oxford 0.65 0.06 0.72 1.43
York 0.63 0.01 0.80 1.44
Keele 0.40 0.07 0.98 1.44
Southampton 0.72 0.07 0.66 1.45
Leeds Trinity University 0.80 0.02 0.64 1.46
Lincoln 0.78 0.03 0.66 1.46
Cumbria 0.56 0.01 0.89 1.47
Chichester 0.62 0.00 0.86 1.47
St Mark and St John 0.39 0.01 1.07 1.48
Exeter 0.45 0.00 1.04 1.50
Bishop Grosseteste 0.75 0.03 0.73 1.51
Newcastle 0.69 0.04 0.79 1.51
Oxford Brookes 0.67 0.07 0.78 1.52
Northumbria 0.70 0.04 0.80 1.54
Worcester 0.40 0.03 1.14 1.57
Newman University 0.64 0.11 0.85 1.60
Sussex 0.64 0.10 0.88 1.62
Huddersfield 0.78 0.03 0.82 1.64
Norwich University of the Arts 0.55 0.02 1.07 1.64
University Campus Suffolk 0.54 0.06 1.07 1.67
Bolton 0.76 0.07 0.83 1.67
Lancaster 0.85 0.03 0.80 1.67
Loughborough 0.77 0.03 0.91 1.71
Arts University Bournemouth 0.88 0.05 0.81 1.74
Bournemouth 0.88 0.05 0.81 1.74
Sheffield Hallam 0.92 0.12 0.73 1.76
Sheffield 0.92 0.12 0.73 1.77
Central Lancashire 0.65 0.05 1.08 1.79
Brighton 0.67 0.09 1.06 1.82
Liverpool Hope 0.76 0.09 0.97 1.82
East Anglia 0.59 0.02 1.20 1.82
Warwick 0.84 0.13 0.87 1.84
Wolverhampton 0.76 0.13 0.99 1.89
Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) 0.75 0.02 1.12 1.90
Swansea 0.57 0.00 1.33 1.90
Cardiff 0.76 0.02 1.13 1.92
Leicester 0.65 0.09 1.18 1.92
Plymouth 0.50 0.02 1.41 1.93
Essex 0.45 0.02 1.46 1.93
Swansea Metropolitan 0.59 0.01 1.34 1.93
West of England, Bristol 0.73 0.06 1.15 1.94
De Montfort 0.67 0.09 1.19 1.95
Nottingham Trent 1.07 0.08 0.90 2.05
Coventry 0.89 0.13 1.04 2.06
Bradford 1.10 0.07 0.91 2.08
Leeds Metropolitan 0.93 0.09 1.10 2.12
Staffordshire 0.52 0.09 1.52 2.14
Northampton 1.00 0.12 1.04 2.16
Leeds 0.96 0.09 1.13 2.17
Bedfordshire 1.01 0.10 1.08 2.19
Teesside 0.92 0.05 1.27 2.24
Liverpool 0.89 0.10 1.26 2.25
Derby 0.84 0.10 1.32 2.26
Liverpool John Moores 0.92 0.10 1.28 2.30
Bristol 0.88 0.05 1.37 2.30
Glyndŵr 1.11 0.05 1.16 2.32
Salford 1.06 0.24 1.08 2.38
Nottingham 0.98 0.16 1.25 2.39
University College Birmingham 0.71 0.29 1.40 2.40
Birmingham 0.70 0.30 1.43 2.42
Aston 0.71 0.30 1.45 2.46
Birmingham City 0.77 0.31 1.40 2.47
Manchester 1.19 0.26 1.06 2.51
Manchester Metropolitan 1.19 0.26 1.10 2.55
Hull 1.12 0.06 1.40 2.58

Crime statistics – London

Institution  Burglary  Robbery  Violent Crime  Grand Total 
Kingston 0.78 0.11 0.92 1.81
St Mary's 0.58 0.15 1.19 1.92
Roehampton 0.82 0.16 0.98 1.97
St George's, University of London 0.91 0.29 1.12 2.32
Middlesex 0.97 0.23 1.15 2.35
West London 0.80 0.26 1.40 2.46
Brunel 1.03 0.27 1.38 2.68
BPP University College 1.08 0.33 1.38 2.79
East London 0.79 0.41 1.59 2.80
Greenwich 1.01 0.37 1.70 3.08
Goldsmiths 1.06 0.42 1.68 3.16
Imperial College London 1.13 0.42 1.61 3.17
Central School of Speech & Drama 1.22 0.40 1.69 3.31
London Metropolitan 1.19 0.43 1.90 3.51
Westminster 1.25 0.49 1.82 3.56
Royal Academy of Music 1.27 0.47 1.88 3.63
University College London 1.28 0.48 1.89 3.65
University of the Arts 1.26 0.47 1.94 3.67
Birkbeck 1.28 0.48 1.91 3.68
SOAS 1.27 0.46 1.95 3.68
London School of Economics 1.26 0.49 1.95 3.70
City University London 1.24 0.47 1.99 3.71
Pearson College 1.28 0.55 1.92 3.75
London South Bank 1.21 0.59 1.96 3.76
King's College London 1.24 0.56 1.99 3.79
  • The data, compiled from www.police.uk from May 2012–April 2013, correlate crime and population for wards falling within three miles of the main campus, for burglary, robbery and violent crime, normalised for population density. 
  • NB: the crime tables for cities and towns in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with two or more universities (How Safe is Your City?) are compiled from a different source ( – see 
  • 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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