How safe is your city?

This table shows crime in towns and cities with two or more universities in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Through a ranking of their crime rates, this data can help you to see which are the safest student cities in the UK.

See notes for information about compilation of data.

We also list campus crime rates, by university and by region.

University town and city crime statistics (3 year rate/1,000 population) – England and Wales

Town/City *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury Total 2016 Rank
Bath 1.7 0.2 4.3 6.2 3
Birmingham 4.1 2.2 8.7 15.5 30
Bournemouth 4.1 0.5 8.0 12.6 16
Bradford 6.3 0.9 6.1 13.3 21
Brighton 3.0 0.8 7.6 11.4 14
Bristol 4.7 1.1 8.5 14.2 25
Cambridge 3.8 0.6 5.4 9.8 8
Canterbury 2.4 0.4 6.7 9.5 7
Cardiff 3.8 0.5 8.7 13.0 19
Chichester 1.3 0.1 4.0 5.5 1
Colchester 3.2 0.4 7.2 10.8 10
Coventry 5.2 1.2 7.1 13.5 24
Derby 4.4 1.3 9.4 15.1 29
Exeter 2.5 0.3 7.5 10.3 9
Guildford 1.9 0.2 4.4 6.5 4
Hull 5.9 1.0 11.3 18.1 35
Lancaster 2.9 0.3 8.1 11.3 13
Leeds 6.1 1.0 7.3 14.4 27
Leicester 5.7 1.4 7.3 14.4 26
Lincoln 4.8 0.5 8.1 13.4 22
Liverpool 6.7 1.1 8.7 16.5 33
Manchester 9.3 2.9 9.1 21.4 37
Middlesbrough 6.5 0.8 10.8 18.1 34
Newcastle 3.4 0.6 8.8 12.8 17
Newport 3.5 0.6 7.8 11.8 15
Northampton 4.8 1.3 9.5 15.5 31
Norwich 2.8 0.6 9.7 13.1 20
Nottingham 6.1 2.0 12.9 20.9 36
Oxford 3.0 0.6 5.0 8.6 6
Plymouth 2.6 0.3 10.5 13.4 23
Portsmouth 2.8 0.5 11.7 14.9 28
Reading 3.0 0.8 7.3 11.1 12
Sheffield 5.8 0.9 6.1 12.8 18
Southampton 3.8 1.0 11.6 16.4 32
Swansea 2.8 0.2 8.0 11.0 11
Winchester 1.3 0.2 4.8 6.2 2
York 2.3 0.2 5.9 8.5 5

 

University town and city crime statistics (3 year rate/1,000 population) – Northern Ireland

Town/city *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury
Total
2016 Rank
Belfast 6.8 1.6 14.5 22.9 ––

 

University town and city crime statistics (3 year rate/1,000 population) – Scotland

Town/city *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury
Total
2016 Rank
Aberdeen 4.3 0.4 0.7 5.5 3
Dundee 3.5 0.4 0.7 4.6 2
Edinburgh 8.8 0.6 0.7 10.0 5
Glasgow 4.8 0.5 1.4 6.7 4
Stirling 3.3 0.2 0.5 4.0 1

Notes

Methodology

  • Towns and cities with two or more universiities.
  • 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 January 2017.