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Crime in student cities and towns

The best and worst universities and colleges for student-relevant crime.

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Official data for crime specifically against students is not available.

Crime statistics – England and Wales (excluding London) 2015

University or College Burglary Robbery Violence & Sexual Offences Grand Total
Buckingham 3.32 0.05 5.21 8.58
Falmouth 2.36 0.00 8.98 11.34
Durham 4.10 0.10 8.09 12.30
Bucks New 3.37 0.35 9.13 12.84
Harper Adams 4.02 0.16 8.67 12.85
Bath Spa 3.62 0.23 9.46 13.32
Winchester 4.28 0.26 9.00 13.55
Aberystwyth 2.38 0.03 11.46 13.87
Edge Hill 5.87 0.30 8.22 14.38
Bath 4.16 0.31 11.47 15.94
Oxford 4.80 0.42 11.12 16.34
Oxford Brookes 4.80 0.44 11.81 17.05
Royal Holloway 5.13 0.23 11.83 17.18
Surrey 5.86 0.25 11.10 17.21
Reading 4.46 0.43 12.73 17.62
Sunderland 6.38 0.29 11.34 18.02
York St John 5.52 0.27 12.36 18.15
Bangor 3.10 0.21 14.86 18.17
Chichester 4.05 0.27 14.34 18.66
Royal Agricultural University 9.65 0.25 8.94 18.85
York 5.73 0.29 12.90 18.91
Loughborough 8.43 0.42 10.13 18.97
Trinity Saint David 3.59 0.04 16.07 19.70
Chester 7.39 0.28 12.30 19.97
Hertfordshire 6.58 0.46 12.98 20.02
St Mark and St John 3.81 0.26 16.60 20.67
Exeter 4.77 0.30 15.61 20.68
Warwick 7.52 1.17 12.14 20.82
Anglia Ruskin 6.90 0.44 13.77 21.11
Gloucestershire 10.58 0.61 10.15 21.34
Lincoln 8.93 0.32 12.11 21.37
Portsmouth 6.76 0.41 14.23 21.40
Cambridge 7.02 0.49 14.03 21.54
Newman 7.42 1.70 12.82 21.94
Keele 4.41 0.32 17.31 22.04
Huddersfield 8.16 0.66 13.41 22.23
Newcastle 6.81 0.67 15.11 22.59
Lancaster 8.53 0.19 13.90 22.62
Kent 6.71 0.31 15.66 22.68
Arts University Bournemouth 7.96 0.34 14.43 22.73
Bournemouth 7.96 0.34 14.43 22.73
West of England, Bristol 8.34 0.87 13.52 22.73
Sussex 5.20 0.59 17.18 22.98
Northumbria 6.84 0.70 15.52 23.06
South Wales 6.31 0.13 16.77 23.22
Central Lancashire 7.50 0.58 15.38 23.46
Worcester 5.96 0.53 17.02 23.51
Leeds Trinity University 11.29 0.63 11.60 23.52
Coventry 8.57 1.33 14.03 23.93
Sheffield Hallam 9.86 1.21 12.99 24.06
Sheffield 9.85 1.21 13.01 24.07
Nottingham Trent 8.47 1.10 14.55 24.12
Southampton Solent 9.09 0.82 14.24 24.14
Southampton 8.95 0.84 14.39 24.18
Bishop Grosseteste 10.05 0.38 13.90 24.33
Cumbria 5.05 0.34 19.17 24.56
Canterbury Christ Church 7.02 0.39 17.75 25.16
University Campus Suffolk 6.84 0.52 18.08 25.44
Norwich University of the Arts 4.38 0.32 20.82 25.52
University for the Creative Arts 6.67 0.43 18.86 25.96
Leicester 8.96 1.08 16.07 26.11
Wolverhampton 8.89 1.52 16.02 26.42
Swansea 7.28 0.36 19.13 26.78
Liverpool Hope 8.91 1.09 16.82 26.81
De Montfort 9.41 1.11 16.38 26.90
East Anglia 4.86 0.37 21.86 27.09
Brighton 5.72 0.66 20.78 27.15
Plymouth 5.10 0.42 21.80 27.33
Bolton 9.16 0.74 17.78 27.68
Essex 7.65 0.49 20.92 29.05
Bedfordshire 9.99 1.25 18.08 29.32
Birmingham 8.15 3.14 18.13 29.42
University College Birmingham 8.08 3.15 18.34 29.57
Derby 10.97 1.26 17.45 29.67
Birmingham City 8.16 3.04 18.57 29.78
Bristol 9.68 1.20 18.95 29.82
Cardiff 9.13 0.53 20.23 29.89
Aston 8.13 3.11 18.78 30.02
Cardiff Metropolitan 9.44 0.56 20.16 30.16
Hull 11.34 0.67 18.59 30.60
Bradford 12.90 1.12 16.60 30.63
Staffordshire 6.25 0.92 23.89 31.06
Nottingham 9.46 1.72 20.21 31.39
Teesside 11.08 0.95 21.27 33.30
Liverpool 10.05 1.33 22.17 33.54
Liverpool John Moores 10.18 1.36 22.64 34.18
Glyndŵr 12.37 0.38 22.13 34.88
Leeds Beckett 14.28 1.35 19.53 35.15
Leeds 14.52 1.39 20.02 35.93
Northampton 10.22 1.39 25.33 36.95
Manchester 13.62 3.08 22.43 39.13
Salford 12.60 3.09 23.44 39.14
Manchester Metropolitan 13.53 3.15 22.83 39.50
Royal Northern College of Music 13.68 3.18 23.11 39.96

Crime statistics – London 2015

University or College Burglary Robbery Violence &
Sexual Offences
Grand Total
Kingston 7.51 0.81 13.46 21.77
St Mary's 6.90 1.02 17.22 25.14
Roehampton 8.40 1.28 16.36 26.04
Middlesex 9.52 2.04 17.06 28.63
St George's, University of London 8.59 2.01 19.13 29.74
West London 8.14 1.89 20.76 30.78
Brunel 8.85 1.59 22.96 33.40
East London 7.21 3.23 24.26 34.70
Goldsmiths 8.37 3.26 23.70 35.34
Greenwich 7.98 3.28 24.67 35.94
Heythrop College 11.06 3.77 25.90 40.73
Queen Mary 9.25 4.31 27.31 40.87
Imperial College London 11.40 4.18 27.38 42.96
Royal College of Music 11.29 4.20 27.50 42.99
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 12.03 4.33 27.14 43.49
Royal Veterinary College 12.23 4.85 28.72 45.80
Westminster 11.62 4.98 29.49 46.08
London Metropolitan 11.66 5.08 29.61 46.34
University of the Arts London 11.33 5.16 30.01 46.51
SOAS 11.70 5.15 29.83 46.68
Royal Academy of Music 11.73 5.18 29.80 46.71
London South Bank 10.59 5.22 30.97 46.78
London School of Economics 11.27 5.26 30.32 46.84
City 11.30 5.23 30.42 46.95
Birkbeck 11.72 5.22 30.00 46.95
University College London 11.76 5.23 30.07 47.07
Courtauld Institute of Art 11.25 5.25 30.78 47.28
King's College London 10.96 5.31 31.38 47.65

 Notes

  • These statistics are derived from data produced by police.uk, Ordnance Survey and the Office for National Statistics, and used under Open Government Licence v3.
  • The ranking is based on the relative levels of crimes of relevance to students. It does not record crimes in which students are themselves involved.
  • We list the annual reported incidents per thousand residents for the period May 2014–April 2015, within wards or electoral divisions of which parts are within 3 miles of the main university or college campus, normalised for population density.
  • Where universities have multiple campuses, the figures relate to the main campus as defined by the university. Crime levels for other sites appear in the universities' profiles (map & crime tab).
  • Because they are based on resident populations and therefore take no account of short-stay visitors and commuters, the figures may over-represent crime levels. However, for the cities listed, this reporting problem is a common issue and the relative crime rates remain valid.
  • 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.

Updated September 2015.

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