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Choosing where to study

How safe is your city?

Feeling safe and secure is crucial for enjoying university. See how safe university towns and cities are to help you finalise where to study.

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CONTENTS

  1. City crime stats methodology

  2. England and Wales

  3. Northern Ireland

  4. Scotland

  5. UK

  6. Data sources

City crime stats methodology

The tables below show the crime rates against the general public in UK towns and cities with two or more universities, with a three-year rolling average of crime per population of 1,000.

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.

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

England and Wales

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Bath 2.5 0.4 4.8 7.8 2
Birmingham 5.8 2.7 9.9 18.5 26
Bournemouth 4.4 0.7 9.4 14.5 18
Bradford 8.4 1.2 10.0 19.7 29
Brighton 2.7 1.0 9.7 13.5 13
Bristol 5.9 1.2 9.4 16.5 23
Cambridge 5.1 1.0 6.3 12.5 10
Canterbury 3.0 0.6 8.7 12.3 9
Cardiff 4.0 0.5 9.6 14.1 14
Chichester 2.0 0.1 5.1 7.2 1
Colchester 3.3 0.5 8.1 11.9 8
Coventry 5.7 1.5 7.2 14.4 16
Derby 4.6 1.3 10.9 16.9 25
Exeter 1.9 0.4 8.4 10.8 5
Guildford 2.1 0.2 5.9 8.2 3
Hull 7.1 1.4 14.3 22.8 35
Lancaster 3.9 0.4 9.9 14.1 15
Leeds 7.6 1.2 10.8 19.6 28
Leicester 5.9 1.4 8.4 15.7 21
Lincoln 4.9 0.7 9.4 14.9 19
Liverpool 7.6 1.3 11.5 20.4 30
Manchester 9.4 4.1 11.8 25.2 36
Middlesbrough 7.8 1.0 12.9 21.6 34
Newcastle 4.1 0.8 10.9 15.9 22
Newport 3.9 0.7 8.8 13.5 12
Northampton 5.3 1.8 12.5 19.6 27
Norwich 3.6 1.2 12.0 16.8 24
Nottingham 5.1 1.8 13.9 20.8 32
Oxford 3.8 0.7 7.1 11.6 7
Plymouth 2.4 0.5 11.4 14.4 17
Portsmouth 3.4 0.8 16.5 20.6 31
Reading 3.7 1.1 8.6 13.3 11
Sheffield 6.2 1.2 7.8 15.1 20
Southampton 4.8 1.2 15.5 21.5 33
Swansea 2.8 0.3 8.2 11.3 6
Winchester 1.9 0.2 6.6 8.7 4

Northern Ireland

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Belfast 6.2 1.0 13.0 20.2 1

Scotland

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Aberdeen 3.9 0.5 0.9 5.2 3
Dundee 3.4 0.5 0.9 4.8 2
Edinburgh 6.7 0.5 0.8 8.0 5
Glasgow 4.1 0.5 1.5 6.1 4
Stirling 2.4 0.2 0.5 3.1 1

UK

Town/City *Burglary in a
dwelling
Robbery **Violence
against the
person – with
injury
Total Rank
Aberdeen 3.9 0.5 0.9 5.2 3
Bath 2.5 0.4 4.8 7.8 6
Belfast 6.2 1.0 13.0 20.2 35
Birmingham 5.8 2.7 9.9 18.5 31
Bournemouth 4.4 0.7 9.4 14.5 23
Bradford 8.4 1.2 10.0 19.7 34
Brighton 2.7 1.0 9.7 13.5 18
Bristol 5.9 1.2 9.4 16.5 28
Cambridge 5.1 1.0 6.3 12.5 15
Canterbury 3.0 0.6 8.7 12.3 14
Cardiff 4.0 0.5 9.6 14.1 19
Chichester 2.0 0.1 5.1 7.2 5
Colchester 3.3 0.5 8.1 11.9 13
Coventry 5.7 1.5 7.2 14.4 21
Derby 4.6 1.3 10.9 16.9 30
Dundee 3.4 0.5 0.9 4.8 2
Edinburgh 6.7 0.5 0.8 8.0 7
Exeter 1.9 0.4 8.4 10.8 10
Glasgow 4.1 0.5 1.5 6.1 4
Guildford 2.1 0.2 5.9 8.2 8
Hull 7.1 1.4 14.3 22.8 41
Lancaster 3.9 0.4 9.9 14.1 20
Leeds 7.6 1.2 10.8 19.6 33
Leicester 5.9 1.4 8.4 15.7 26
Lincoln 4.9 0.7 9.4 14.9 24
Liverpool 7.6 1.3 11.5 20.4 36
Manchester 9.4 4.1 11.8 25.2 42
Middlesbrough 7.8 1.0 12.9 21.6 40
Newcastle 4.1 0.8 10.9 15.9 27
Newport 3.9 0.7 8.8 13.5 17
Northampton 5.3 1.8 12.5 19.6 32
Norwich 3.6 1.2 12.0 16.8 29
Nottingham 5.1 1.8 13.9 20.8 38
Oxford 3.8 0.7 7.1 11.6 12
Plymouth 2.4 0.5 11.4 14.4 22
Portsmouth 3.4 0.8 16.5 20.6 37
Reading 3.7 1.1 8.6 13.3 16
Sheffield 6.2 1.2 7.8 15.1 25
Southampton 4.8 1.2 15.5 21.5 39
Stirling 2.4 0.2 0.5 3.1 1
Swansea 2.8 0.3 8.2 11.3 11
Winchester 1.9 0.2 6.6 8.7 9

Data sources

Metric

England and Wales definition

Latest data

Burglary in a dwelling

Burglary in a dwelling

gov.uk

Violence against the person – with Injury

Violence against the person – with injury

gov.uk

Robbery of personal property

Robbery of personal property

gov.uk

 

Population

gov.uk

 

Metric

Northern Ireland definition

Latest data

Burglary in a dwelling

Burglary – dwelling

nisra.gov.uk

Violence against the person – with injury

Serious violent crime

nisra.gov.uk

Robbery of personal property

Robbery – personal

nisra.gov.uk

 

Population 

nisra.gov.uk

 

Metric

Scotland definition

Latest data

Burglary in a dwelling

Burglary in a dwelling = Housebreaking

gov.scot

Violence against the person – with injury

Violence against the person – with injury = Homicide, attempted murder and serious assault, and other violence

gov.scot

Robbery of personal property

Robbery

gov.scot

 

Population

gov.scot

Last updated August 2020.

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