The safest UK cities and towns for students

New research, conducted by, has revealed that Egham in Surrey is the safest place in the UK to be a student. Home to Royal Holloway, the Egham area has approximately 57 crimes per 1,000 residents compared to the national average of 99 crimes per 1,000.

Perhaps surprisingly, the town at the bottom of the list, and regarded as the most dangerous town for students, is Brighton with an average of 829 recorded crimes per thousand residents. Swansea, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Stockton round off the bottom five.

The study analysed a total of 535,468 incidents in student housing areas across 64 towns and cities in England and Wales.

See the full list of safest towns below (crimes per 1,000 residents):

  • 1 Egham (56.6)
  • 2 High Wycombe (69.5)
  • 3 Bath (74.4)
  • 4 Falmouth (79.7)
  • 5 Bedford (92.2)
  • 6 Loughborough (98.4)
  • 7 Medway (100.5)
  • 8 Norwich (104.5)
  • 9 Durham (114.6)
  • 10 Hull (116.1)


Any prospective students considering their university accommodation for September should be contemplating the safety of an area. Leaving home for the first time can be a pretty daunting experience anyway and, while it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of Freshers’ Week, it’s also important to be aware of personal safety and home security.

Especially as students and student accommodation is often targeted by thieves as it’s assumed to house expensive electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops which are left out unsecured.

Learn how to keep your University accommodation and belongings safe this September using our headline sponsor, Yale’s, handy guide for home security advice.