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Staying safe over Freshers' Fortnight

Taking part in Freshers’ Fortnight is a great way to meet new people at University and get settled into your new life as a student in Brighton. We’re confident that you’ll have a fantastic time during the Freshers’ period, but we also want to give you advice before you arrive so you’re extra safe.

If you have any questions or worries, please email us at and we will help.


Find a Trustworthy Taxi Company

We work in partnership with taxi companies in Brighton and Eastbourne to ensure that you get home safe. We openly endorse Streamline in Brighton and Sussex Cars in Eastbourne and trust that they are reliable and reputable.

If you’re ever in a position in which you need a taxi home but you don’t have access to money in that moment, you can use our Safe Way Home Scheme. The Safe Way Home Scheme was started by ex-Welfare Officer, Amy Jaiteh. This allows you to essentially borrow a taxi ride home with Streamline – all you need to do is show them your Unicard and then pop into your nearest Students’ Union office and pay the bill shortly after.


Stay in a Group

We’re sure this won’t be hard as you’ll be meeting so many new friends – but we advise staying in a group while you’re out! There’s always safety in numbers and there’s less of a chance you’ll get lost navigating your new home!


Don’t Feel Pressured to Say Yes to Everything

We encourage trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone but this doesn’t mean you have to say yes to everything. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel comfortable with just because everybody else is doing it – remember that if somebody is pressuring you, they are not your friend.


Be Careful With Your Personal Information

With social media and so many of our interactions happening online, it can be easy to give away your personal information. When you’re posting in groups trying to find your housemates, be careful not to put your full address as it’s best not to share that publicly.


Stay hydrated and well-fed!

Make sure that you keep hydrated and try not to skip meals amidst the fun of Freshers’. Doing this will make you feel better in the long run, especially the next morning!


Stay Protected

Our Wellbeing Cupboards are fully-stocked and free for all of our students. You can come here to get condoms, lubricant and more. We also have chlamydia and gonorrhea tests – all of which are confidential and completely free. 


Keep An Eye On Your Drinks

We also have spikeys in our Wellbeing Cupboards – these protect your drinks and can stop people from putting things in them. It’s important to take care of your drinks when you’re out and about – and this is a great way of doing that.


Get acquainted with the area

It’s good to be aware of your surroundings and safe places that you can get to with ease. Of course, we understand that if you’ve just moved to Brighton you’re naturally going to get a little lost, but there are popular places in the centre of town that you can go to seek help.

Sussex Police are going to be in a Beach Hut next to The Arch during the entire Freshers’ period, if you ever encounter any trouble – you can head to them for advice and support.

You can also head to St Paul’s Church on West Street; they advertise a safe space for people that may be distressed on West Street. They will also be able to offer you advice and support if needed.


We’re hopeful that you’ll be safe and sound during Freshers’ Fortnight, but if you do encounter any issues – we are here to help.

You can contact our Support Team at for advice or use the following resources that we endorse.


University of Brighton Support Service – 01273642895

Sussex Police: 01273475432

Morley Street Sexual Health Clinic: 01273067070

East Sussex Sexual Health Centre (Eastbourne): 01323416100

MIND Brighton and Hove:  01273666950

Samaritans: 116 123

YMCA Downslink: 01273222550

Talk to Frank: 0300 1236600


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