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How safe is your city?

Feeling safe and secure is key to enjoying university, so it is important to research how safe university towns and cities are when choosing where to study.

The tables below show the crime rates against the general public in UK towns and cities with two or more universities. Each town or city has three categories of crime measured - burglary in a dwelling, robbery and violence against the person with injury - and a total score and ranking. The data can help you decide if a university is right for you.

Click to see the data for:
England and Wales • Northern Ireland • Scotland UK

See notes for information about compilation of data.

We also list crime rates specific to where students live during term time.

City crime statistics – England and Wales

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Bath 2.6 0.4 5.0 8.0 2
Birmingham 5.9 2.7 10.1 18.7 27
Bournemouth 4.4 0.7 9.4 14.6 18
Bradford 8.5 1.3 10.1 19.8 30
Brighton 2.7 1.1 9.8 13.6 13
Bristol 6.0 1.3 9.5 16.8 24
Cambridge 5.2 1.0 6.4 12.6 11
Canterbury 3.0 0.6 8.8 12.5 10
Cardiff 4.0 0.5 9.7 14.2 15
Chichester 2.0 0.1 5.2 7.3 1
Colchester 3.3 0.5 8.3 12.2 9
Coventry 5.9 1.5 7.5 14.9 19
Derby 4.7 1.3 10.9 16.9 26
Exeter 2.0 0.4 8.6 11.0 6
Guildford 2.1 0.2 5.9 8.3 3
Hull 7.2 1.4 14.3 22.8 36
Lancaster 4.0 0.4 10.0 14.4 16
Leeds 7.7 1.2 10.9 19.8 29
Leicester 6.0 1.4 8.5 15.9 22
Lincoln 5.0 0.7 9.5 15.2 20
Liverpool 7.7 1.3 11.6 20.7 31
Manchester 9.5 4.1 11.9 25.5 37
Middlesbrough 7.8 1.0 12.9 21.6 34
Newcastle 4.2 0.8 11.2 16.2 23
Newport 4.0 0.8 9.1 13.8 14
Northampton 5.3 1.8 12.5 19.6 28
Norwich 3.6 1.3 12.1 16.9 25
Nottingham 5.2 1.8 14.2 21.2 33
Oxford 3.8 0.7 7.0 11.5 8
Plymouth 2.5 0.6 11.5 14.5 17
Portsmouth 3.4 0.8 16.6 20.8 32
Reading 3.7 1.1 8.6 13.4 12
Sheffield 6.2 1.2 7.9 15.3 21
Southampton 4.8 1.2 15.7 21.7 35
Swansea 2.8 0.3 8.2 11.4 7
Winchester 2.0 0.2 6.6 8.8 4
York 2.4 0.3 6.9 9.6 5

City crime statistics – Northern Ireland

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Belfast 6.3 1.0 13.1 20.3 1

City crime statistics – Scotland 

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Aberdeen 3.8 0.5 0.9 5.2 3
Dundee 3.4 0.5 0.9 4.8 2
Edinburgh 6.8 0.5 0.8 8.1 5
Glasgow 4.2 0.5 1.5 6.1 4
Stirling 2.4 0.2 0.5 3.1 1

City crime statistics – UK

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Aberdeen 3.8 0.5 0.9 5.2 3
Bath 2.6 0.4 5.0 8.0 6
Belfast 6.3 1.0 13.1 20.3 36
Birmingham 5.9 2.7 10.1 18.7 32
Bournemouth 4.4 0.7 9.4 14.6 23
Bradford 8.5 1.3 10.1 19.8 35
Brighton 2.7 1.1 9.8 13.6 18
Bristol 6.0 1.3 9.5 16.8 29
Cambridge 5.2 1.0 6.4 12.6 16
Canterbury 3.0 0.6 8.8 12.5 15
Cardiff 4.0 0.5 9.7 14.2 20
Chichester 2.0 0.1 5.2 7.3 5
Colchester 3.3 0.5 8.3 12.2 14
Coventry 5.9 1.5 7.5 14.9 24
Derby 4.7 1.3 10.9 16.9 31
Dundee 3.4 0.5 0.9 4.8 2
Edinburgh 6.8 0.5 0.8 8.1 7
Exeter 2.0 0.4 8.6 11.0 11
Glasgow 4.2 0.5 1.5 6.1 4
Guildford 2.1 0.2 5.9 8.3 8
Hull 7.2 1.4 14.3 22.8 42
Lancaster 4.0 0.4 10.0 14.4 21
Leeds 7.7 1.2 10.9 19.8 34
Leicester 6.0 1.4 8.5 15.9 27
Lincoln 5.0 0.7 9.5 15.2 25
Liverpool 7.7 1.3 11.6 20.7 37
Manchester 9.5 4.1 11.9 25.5 43
Middlesbrough 7.8 1.0 12.9 21.6 40
Newcastle 4.2 0.8 11.2 16.2 28
Newport 4.0 0.8 9.1 13.8 19
Northampton 5.3 1.8 12.5 19.6 33
Norwich 3.6 1.3 12.1 16.9 30
Nottingham 5.2 1.8 14.2 21.2 39
Oxford 3.8 0.7 7.0 11.5 13
Plymouth 2.5 0.6 11.5 14.5 22
Portsmouth 3.4 0.8 16.6 20.8 38
Reading 3.7 1.1 8.6 13.4 17
Sheffield 6.2 1.2 7.9 15.3 26
Southampton 4.8 1.2 15.7 21.7 41
Stirling 2.4 0.2 0.5 3.1 1
Swansea 2.8 0.3 8.2 11.4 12
Winchester 2.0 0.2 6.6 8.8 9
York 2.4 0.3 6.9 9.6 10

Notes

Methodology

  • Towns and cities with two or more universities.
  • Three-year rolling average of crime per 1,000 population.

Sources

England & Wales England & Wales Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary in a dwelling www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
**Violence against the person – with Injury Violence against the person – with injury www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
Robbery of personal property Robbery of personal property www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
  Population www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

 

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary – Dwelling www.nisra.gov.uk
**Violence against the person – with Injury Serious Violent Crime www.nisra.gov.uk
Robbery of personal property Robbery – Personal www.nisra.gov.uk
  Population  www.nisra.gov.uk

 

Scotland Scotland Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary in a Dwelling = Housebreaking www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
**Violence against the person – with Injury Violence against the person – with Injury = Homicide, Attempted Murder & Serious Assault and Other Violence www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
Robbery of personal property Robbery www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
  Population www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice

Last updated November 2017.