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Crime rates in university cities and towns

Student safety is important. See the crimes most likely to affect students in the areas they live during term time.

Crime Heat Map - Bristol 2016
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The table shows the crimes that are most likely to impact students in England and Wales – robbery, burglary, and violence and sexual offences. Official data for crime specifically against students is not available. 

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Crime statistics – England and Wales 2017

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Incidents per 1000 residents
Institution Robbery Burglary Violence & Sexual Offences Total
Royal Agricultural University 0.4 6.1 10.6 17.1
Cirencester 0.4 6.1 10.6 17.1
York 0.2 3.3 13.9 17.4
York 0.2 3.3 13.9 17.4
Falmouth 0.2 2.2 16.2 18.6
Penryn 0.0 2.0 11.7 13.8
Falmouth 0.3 2.3 19.7 22.4
Buckingham 0.7 4.2 14.4 19.3
Buckingham 0.5 3.9 13.7 18.1
Ealing Hospital 4.6 10.2 28.6 43.4
Rose Bruford College 1.4 5.7 15.2 22.3
Sidcup 1.4 5.7 15.2 22.3
Reading 0.6 6.5 15.6 22.7
Reading 0.6 6.5 15.6 22.7
Winchester 0.4 4.8 18.0 23.2
Winchester (King Alfred) 0.4 4.8 18.0 23.2
Harper Adams 0.2 6.2 17.0 23.4
Telford 0.2 6.2 17.0 23.4
Oxford Brookes 0.6 6.6 16.2 23.4
Oxford 0.6 6.6 15.6 22.8
Cuddesdon 0.6 6.3 18.6 25.4
Swindon 0.6 7.4 21.9 30.0
Bath 0.9 5.8 19.3 26.0
Bath 0.8 5.8 19.1 25.8
Warminster (Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies) 2.1 9.5 29.7 41.2
Edge Hill 0.6 7.0 20.0 27.6
Ormskirk 0.5 6.7 19.0 26.2
Manchester (Armstrong House) 1.3 10.0 29.0 40.3
St Mary's 1.4 7.5 18.8 27.7
Twickenham 1.4 7.5 18.8 27.7
Bath Spa 0.8 5.6 21.4 27.8
Bath (Newton Park) 0.4 5.5 18.2 24.2
Bath (The Circus) 0.9 5.3 21.9 28.0
Bath (Sion Hill) 0.9 7.7 25.6 34.2
Bucks New 1.3 5.9 21.1 28.4
Aylesbury Vale 0.6 5.6 15.9 22.1
High Wycombe 1.0 4.6 19.3 24.8
Langley Campus, East Berkshire College 1.0 6.5 21.9 29.4
Uxbridge 2.4 8.0 26.0 36.3
Surrey 0.4 4.3 23.7 28.4
Guildford 0.4 4.3 23.7 28.4
Royal Holloway 0.8 7.4 20.4 28.6
Egham 0.8 7.4 20.4 28.6
East Anglia 0.8 5.2 22.8 28.8
Norwich 0.8 5.2 22.8 28.8
Writtle University College 1.1 7.8 20.9 29.8
Writtle College 1.1 7.8 20.9 29.8
Chichester 0.5 5.9 24.8 31.2
Chichester (Bishop Otter) 0.4 5.9 24.4 30.7
Bognor Regis 0.9 6.0 25.7 32.6
Lancaster 0.4 7.6 23.4 31.5
Bailrigg 0.4 7.6 23.4 31.5
Bishop Grosseteste 0.6 11.4 19.9 31.9
Lincoln 0.6 11.4 19.9 31.9
Keele 0.7 4.4 27.5 32.6
Keele 0.7 4.4 27.5 32.6
Cumbria 0.6 6.7 25.3 32.6
Carlisle (Brampton Road) 0.1 2.1 8.3 10.5
Ambleside 0.2 5.0 15.9 21.1
Barrow-in-Furness 0.2 4.0 26.5 30.8
Lancaster 0.6 8.6 23.9 33.0
London 3.9 8.3 25.5 37.7
Carlisle (Paternoster Row) 0.4 6.4 32.8 39.6
Carlisle (Fusehill Street) 0.5 6.8 35.1 42.4
Warwick 1.2 7.4 24.1 32.7
Warwick 1.2 7.4 24.1 32.7
Newman 2.5 9.1 21.9 33.5
Birmingham 2.5 9.1 21.9 33.5
Kingston 2.1 7.1 24.4 33.6
Kingston 2.1 7.1 24.4 33.6
Hertfordshire 1.5 6.5 25.7 33.7
Hatfield 1.5 6.5 25.7 33.7
Aberystwyth 0.2 6.2 27.4 33.7
Aberystwyth 0.2 6.2 27.4 33.7
St George's, University of London 2.7 7.0 24.1 33.7
Tooting 2.7 7.0 24.1 33.7
Plymouth Marjon 0.7 5.3 27.9 33.9
Plymouth 0.7 5.3 27.9 33.9
Sheffield 1.8 11.4 21.0 34.3
Sheffield 1.8 11.4 21.0 34.3
Birmingham 3.2 10.9 20.3 34.3
Edgbaston 3.2 10.9 20.3 34.3
Royal Veterinary College 3.4 7.7 23.4 34.4
Hawkshead 0.4 5.7 15.4 21.6
Camden 6.4 9.7 31.8 47.9
Heythrop College 2.8 9.0 22.6 34.5
Kensington 2.8 9.0 22.6 34.5
Bournemouth 0.7 7.9 26.1 34.7
Bournemouth 0.7 7.9 26.1 34.7
Swansea 0.6 6.7 27.5 34.8
Bay Campus 0.3 6.1 23.9 30.3
Swansea (Singleton) 0.7 6.8 28.3 35.8
Anglia Ruskin 1.5 7.4 26.0 34.9
Cambridge (College of West Anglia) 0.6 5.2 24.0 29.8
Chelmsford 0.6 6.6 23.4 30.6
Peterborough (Guild House) 1.0 7.0 22.7 30.8
Cambridge 1.0 7.7 24.6 33.3
ARU London Campus 1.9 7.8 24.1 33.8
Urdang Academy 3.0 8.3 23.7 35.1
London School of Osteopathy 3.2 7.2 26.1 36.5
Peterborough 1.5 8.1 30.2 39.9
Renew Counselling 1.5 6.9 33.6 42.0
Roehampton 2.1 7.6 25.3 35.1
Roehampton 2.1 7.6 25.3 35.1
University of Wales Trinity Saint David 0.4 5.6 29.5 35.6
Lampeter 0.1 4.2 17.1 21.4
Coleg Sir Gar 0.2 3.9 21.8 25.8
Cardiff 1.2 6.2 24.4 31.7
Carmarthen 0.0 4.0 31.7 35.7
Swansea 0.6 7.0 33.5 41.1
Middlesex 2.9 8.4 24.2 35.6
Tayside Aviation 0.2 2.8 10.1 13.1
Allianz Park 1.3 8.8 17.4 27.6
Helicentre Aviation 0.5 6.8 23.0 30.4
College of Animal Welfare 1.9 7.4 22.6 31.8
Hendon 1.7 8.2 21.9 31.8
CTC Aviation 1.2 9.3 26.5 36.9
Royal Free Hospital 4.2 8.7 27.3 40.3
Loughborough 0.9 16.3 18.8 35.9
Loughborough 0.9 16.3 18.8 35.9
Worcester 1.0 7.2 27.8 36.0
Worcester 1.0 7.2 27.8 36.0
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 3.3 9.8 22.9 36.0
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 3.3 9.8 22.9 36.0
West London 2.4 8.7 25.0 36.0
Reading 0.9 7.0 21.5 29.5
Ealing/Brentford 2.5 8.9 25.4 36.8
University for the Creative Arts 1.1 6.5 28.7 36.4
Farnham 0.5 4.6 17.9 23.0
Epsom 1.1 5.9 23.8 30.8
Hampton Court Palace 2.7 8.0 24.0 34.8
Maidstone Studios 0.5 5.4 29.0 34.9
Canterbury 1.1 8.7 40.4 50.2
Rochester 1.4 8.2 49.5 59.1
Gloucestershire 1.3 9.9 25.2 36.4
Bristol Zoological Gardens 0.6 6.1 22.7 29.4
Cheltenham 1.2 10.2 21.7 33.1
Gloucester 1.9 9.5 36.3 47.8
Royal College of Music 3.1 9.7 23.9 36.7
Prince Consort Road 3.1 9.7 23.9 36.7
Suffolk 0.8 7.7 29.1 37.6
Ipswich 0.8 7.7 29.1 37.6
East London 3.7 7.9 26.5 38.1
Docklands 2.8 7.0 25.9 35.7
Stratford 4.3 8.5 26.9 39.7
Brighton 1.4 6.0 30.7 38.2
Moulsecoomb 0.5 3.6 20.7 24.9
Falmer 1.0 5.0 20.9 26.8
Eastbourne 1.0 6.1 28.7 35.8
Hastings 1.2 7.2 36.8 45.2
Brighton (Grand Parade) 2.4 7.7 41.4 51.5
Liverpool Hope 1.6 11.1 25.8 38.5
Liverpool (Hope Park) 0.8 10.4 17.6 28.9
Liverpool (Creative) 2.7 12.2 38.5 53.4
Arts University Bournemouth 0.9 8.2 29.5 38.6
Bournemouth 0.9 8.2 29.5 38.6
Derby 2.1 9.4 27.2 38.7
Chesterfield 0.5 7.1 18.8 26.4
Buxton 0.9 7.8 21.1 29.8
Leek 0.6 3.5 26.6 30.7
Derby 2.3 9.8 28.4 40.5
Brunel 2.4 8.7 27.9 38.9
Uxbridge 2.4 8.7 27.9 38.9
Exeter 0.9 4.7 34.4 39.9
Penryn (Cornwall) 0.2 2.3 16.2 18.7
Exeter 1.0 5.0 36.8 42.7
Leeds Trinity University 1.1 13.3 25.6 40.0
Leeds 1.1 13.3 25.6 40.0
Nottingham 1.8 10.2 28.1 40.1
Sutton Bonington 0.6 8.1 13.4 22.1
Royal Derby Hospital 1.6 8.0 22.8 32.5
Nottingham City Hospital 0.9 7.2 26.8 34.9
Nottingham 1.9 10.5 29.4 41.9
West of England, Bristol 1.2 9.8 29.1 40.1
Gloucester 0.9 6.9 19.5 27.4
(Bristol) Glenside 1.1 9.2 24.6 34.9
(Bristol) Frenchay 0.7 13.4 21.9 36.1
Bristol (City) 1.9 10.7 44.8 57.4
Bangor 0.3 7.8 32.1 40.2
Wrexham 0.5 6.3 23.5 30.4
Bangor 0.2 8.1 33.6 41.9
London Metropolitan 4.1 8.7 27.7 40.5
Holloway 3.4 9.0 26.3 38.8
Moorgate 5.1 8.2 27.2 40.5
Aldgate 4.1 8.8 29.0 41.8
Guildhall School of Music and Drama 4.9 9.7 26.1 40.6
Guildhall School of Music and Drama 4.9 9.7 26.1 40.6
Birkbeck 3.9 9.2 27.5 40.7
Stratford 3.7 7.9 26.8 38.4
Bloomsbury 4.0 9.9 27.9 41.8
Sussex 1.7 6.0 33.1 40.8
Falmer 1.7 6.0 33.1 40.8
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 3.2 9.0 28.7 41.0
Greenwich 3.2 9.0 28.7 41.0
Essex 1.4 7.5 32.1 41.0
Loughton 2.2 8.2 23.5 33.9
Colchester 1.1 6.8 29.7 37.6
Southend 4.0 13.5 56.8 74.2
Ravensbourne 3.4 8.9 28.8 41.1
Ravensbourne 3.4 8.9 28.8 41.1
Greenwich 2.8 8.2 30.1 41.1
Avery Hill 1.5 6.2 22.8 30.5
Greenwich 3.7 9.0 27.8 40.5
Medway 1.7 9.2 52.1 63.0
York St John 0.6 8.2 32.4 41.2
York 0.6 8.2 32.4 41.2
Westminster 4.0 9.2 28.1 41.3
Harrow 1.8 7.2 24.1 33.1
Marylebone 4.2 10.8 24.8 39.8
Regent 4.9 9.7 30.4 45.0
Cavendish 5.1 9.9 31.2 46.2
Law School 5.0 10.1 34.3 49.4
Goldsmiths 4.0 8.6 29.0 41.6
New Cross 4.0 8.6 29.0 41.6
Cardiff Metropolitan 0.8 7.6 33.3 41.7
Llandaff 0.7 7.5 29.8 38.1
Cyncoed 0.8 7.7 36.0 44.5
Oxford 1.0 9.1 32.0 42.1
Oxford 1.0 9.1 32.0 42.1
London South Bank 4.0 9.4 28.7 42.1
Havering 2.0 7.5 25.6 35.1
Southwark 4.3 9.8 29.4 43.5
Birmingham City 4.3 10.1 27.8 42.3
Birmingham (City North) 2.4 9.3 22.4 34.1
Birmingham (City South) 3.7 10.6 25.3 39.6
Birmingham (City Centre) 6.1 10.4 34.0 50.6
South Wales 0.7 6.8 34.9 42.5
Newport 0.8 4.8 27.3 32.9
Treforest 0.5 6.4 34.3 41.1
Cardiff 1.1 8.5 39.4 49.0
Durham 0.7 8.0 33.8 42.5
Durham 0.4 6.8 31.5 38.7
Stockton (Queen's) 2.0 14.6 46.1 62.8
Staffordshire 1.4 5.6 35.7 42.7
Stafford 0.7 4.7 23.8 29.2
Lichfield 1.7 7.7 22.9 32.4
Shrewsbury College 0.5 6.0 27.4 33.9
Stoke on Trent 1.5 5.3 41.4 48.2
Coventry 4.1 11.1 27.6 42.7
Coventry 4.0 11.0 27.0 42.0
London 5.6 12.8 39.0 57.4
Scarborough 1.7 10.3 48.9 60.9
Hull 1.1 11.7 29.9 42.8
Hull 1.1 11.7 29.9 42.8
Imperial College London 4.5 11.2 27.2 42.8
South Kensington 4.5 11.2 27.2 42.8
Chester 0.6 5.7 36.8 43.1
Leighton Hospital, Crewe 0.3 3.8 22.8 26.9
Thornton 0.4 4.6 22.6 27.6
Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington 0.7 6.7 23.7 31.1
Warrington 0.8 6.8 26.1 33.7
Shrewsbury 1.2 6.2 27.1 34.6
Parkgate Road/Kingsway/Riverside/Queen's Park Campus 0.5 5.6 43.7 49.8
Bedfordshire 2.2 11.1 30.3 43.6
Milton Keynes 0.8 5.8 20.6 27.2
Bedford 1.1 7.0 22.4 30.4
New Stamford College 1.1 7.8 24.0 33.0
Peterborough (Arthur Mellows Village College) 1.1 6.3 25.6 33.0
Luton 2.9 13.4 34.8 51.2
Queen Mary 4.7 10.0 29.3 44.0
Mile End 4.6 8.9 27.4 40.9
Whitechapel 4.7 11.5 32.0 48.2
Lincoln 1.1 11.6 31.4 44.1
Lincoln 1.1 11.6 31.4 44.1
Plymouth 1.1 6.4 36.7 44.2
Truro (Knowledge Spa) 0.2 3.5 19.8 23.5
Peninsula Allied Health Centre 0.4 3.9 20.6 24.9
Plymouth 1.3 7.1 41.1 49.5
Southampton 1.7 12.2 30.9 44.7
Winchester 0.5 6.7 24.6 31.8
Southampton 1.7 12.6 31.3 45.6
City, University of London 5.0 10.4 29.6 45.1
Northampton Square 5.0 10.4 29.6 45.1
Wrexham Glyndŵr 1.0 8.6 36.0 45.7
Northop 0.4 5.5 24.5 30.4
Wrexham 1.2 9.6 39.4 50.2
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 3.6 10.8 31.6 46.0
Rambert 1.1 7.6 19.3 28.1
BOVTS 1.1 8.9 22.1 32.1
LCDS 4.6 10.1 24.8 39.5
LAMDA 2.9 9.6 28.5 41.1
National Centre for Circus Arts 7.6 9.4 33.1 50.1
Central School of Ballet 6.9 12.0 34.2 53.1
RADA 8.2 15.6 29.5 53.3
NSCD 2.3 14.2 46.0 62.4
Kent 1.4 8.3 36.8 46.6
Canterbury 1.3 8.5 35.5 45.3
Medway 1.8 7.8 42.5 52.2
Cambridge 1.7 9.1 35.9 46.7
Cambridge 1.7 9.1 35.9 46.7
University of the Arts London 5.2 10.7 31.6 47.5
Wimbledon College of Arts 1.6 6.8 19.6 28.0
Camberwell 3.8 8.2 26.2 38.2
Chelsea College of Arts 4.3 9.4 31.3 44.9
Central Saint Martins 6.0 11.0 31.2 48.2
London College of Fashion 5.8 12.5 33.4 51.7
London College of Communication 7.1 15.2 46.1 68.3
Norwich University of the Arts 1.6 7.9 37.9 47.5
Norwich 1.6 7.9 37.9 47.5
SOAS University of London 5.6 11.2 30.9 47.7
Bloomsbury 5.6 11.2 30.9 47.7
Royal Academy of Music 5.9 11.9 30.1 47.9
Royal Academy of Music 5.9 11.9 30.1 47.9
Central Lancashire 1.4 10.9 36.8 49.1
Moor Row (Westlakes) 0.3 4.5 22.3 27.0
Burnley 1.5 11.1 31.4 44.1
Preston 1.4 11.0 38.3 50.8
Sheffield Hallam 3.1 10.9 35.3 49.3
Sheffield (Collegiate Crescent) 1.7 11.4 21.1 34.3
Sheffield (City) 3.7 10.7 41.5 55.9
Portsmouth 1.3 9.0 39.3 49.6
Portsmouth 1.3 9.0 39.3 49.6
Sunderland 1.1 9.2 39.3 49.7
London 3.8 8.2 27.4 39.4
Sunderland 0.9 9.3 40.4 50.6
Huddersfield 1.4 10.4 37.9 49.7
Huddersfield (Queensgate) 1.4 10.4 37.9 49.7
Canterbury Christ Church 1.2 8.4 40.2 49.7
Medway 1.3 6.8 31.6 39.7
Canterbury 1.2 8.9 43.1 53.2
King's College London 5.5 11.9 33.1 50.4
The Strand 5.5 11.9 33.1 50.4
Northumbria 1.2 9.3 40.8 51.4
Newcastle 1.2 9.3 40.8 51.4
Aston 6.2 10.8 34.4 51.4
Aston 6.2 10.8 34.4 51.4
Leeds 2.2 15.4 34.3 51.9
Leeds 2.2 15.4 34.3 51.9
Leicester 2.1 14.7 35.7 52.5
Leicester 2.1 14.7 35.7 52.5
Leeds Beckett 2.0 15.4 35.8 53.2
Leeds (Headingley) 1.4 16.0 27.9 45.3
Leeds (City) 2.4 15.0 41.4 58.9
Northampton 3.0 11.2 39.1 53.4
Northampton (Park) 1.4 9.3 23.4 34.1
Northampton (Avenue) 3.4 11.7 43.0 58.1
Newcastle 1.5 9.9 42.7 54.1
London 1.2 7.3 18.7 27.2
Newcastle 1.5 9.9 42.8 54.2
Cardiff 1.1 8.7 45.0 54.8
Cardiff 1.1 8.7 45.0 54.8
University College London 7.7 13.3 34.0 55.0
Bloomsbury 7.7 13.3 34.0 55.0
Salford 2.8 13.4 39.1 55.3
Salford (Media City) 1.4 9.9 29.6 40.9
Salford 3.4 14.8 42.9 61.2
Bristol 2.2 12.4 42.7 57.3
Bristol 2.2 12.4 42.7 57.3
Manchester Metropolitan 4.6 13.7 39.0 57.4
Crewe (Cheshire) 0.4 4.0 21.5 25.9
University of Manchester/MMU 4.7 14.7 32.5 51.8
Manchester 5.9 14.8 59.7 80.4
Nottingham Trent 3.0 10.7 44.4 58.0
Brackenhurst 0.3 6.0 18.5 24.8
Clifton 0.7 6.8 21.7 29.3
Confetti Institute of Creative Technology 2.7 8.6 50.8 62.1
Nottingham (City) 4.1 13.2 51.4 68.7
Liverpool John Moores 3.0 12.5 42.7 58.2
Liverpool (IM Marsh) 0.8 7.2 21.9 29.8
Liverpool (Greenbank) 1.2 12.0 23.1 36.3
Liverpool (City) 3.8 13.6 51.1 68.5
De Montfort 2.1 16.3 40.4 58.8
Leicester 2.1 16.3 40.4 58.8
Liverpool 3.3 14.1 43.1 60.5
Liverpool 3.3 14.1 43.1 60.5
Bolton 2.6 13.7 45.4 61.8
Bolton 2.6 13.7 45.4 61.8
Leeds Arts University 3.0 16.6 45.9 65.5
Leeds (Blenheim Walk) 3.0 16.6 45.9 65.5
Southampton Solent 3.1 15.4 47.1 65.6
Southampton (East Park Terrace) 3.1 15.4 47.1 65.6
Teesside 1.8 14.2 50.3 66.4
Teesside 1.8 14.2 50.3 66.4
London School of Economics 8.8 17.2 43.9 70.0
Westminster 8.8 17.2 43.9 70.0
Royal Northern College of Music 7.6 14.5 47.9 70.0
Manchester 7.6 14.5 47.9 70.0
Bradford 2.5 14.3 56.2 73.0
Bradford 2.5 14.3 56.2 73.0
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 4.1 15.1 53.8 73.1
Liverpool 4.1 15.1 53.8 73.1
Manchester 6.7 18.2 48.6 73.5
Manchester 6.7 18.2 48.6 73.5
Courtauld Institute of Art 9.9 15.8 56.6 82.2
Somerset House 9.9 15.8 56.6 82.2

More information about crime and safety

How we compile the crime table

  • In light of professional advice, the data presented is of the crimes most relevant to students: robbery, burglary, and violence and sexual crimes.
  • The universities are ranked on the combined rate of all three crimes occurring in the past 12 months, in areas where students live in term-time.
  • The official data for crime specifically against students are not available – these figures are based on all the victims in the vicinity, not just students.
  • These data aim to assist students with the university decision process, when their prospective universities cannot provide the relevant information.

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. Student term-time accommodation data, HESA 2015–16.
  • 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 calculated the annual reported incidents per thousand residents for the period July 2016–June 2017 by each ward or electoral division in England and Wales. For each institution, these crime rates were then combined using a weighting derived from the proportion of the institution's students who lived in each ward.
  • Where universities have multiple campuses, the figures relate to the aggregate for the institution. Crime heat maps around universities can be found in the university profiles, on the Living Here 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, 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;
  • Violence & Sexual Crime includes offences against the person such as common assaults, Grievous Bodily Harm and sexual offences.

Updated November 2017.