This page gives some advice on how to keep yourself safe and healthy whilst studying and living in York.
Don't feel under pressure to drink the same as your friends - and don't play catch up
Streamline Taxis have a student safety policy that allows you to pay later if you have no money to pay for the fair home, providing you show your student card. Visit the Streamline website for further details.
Personal possessions, in particular cash, cash cards and mobile phones are often targeted by thieves. Following the advice on the Students' Unions websites should help you keep you and your valuables safe:
Home Office research shows that one in three students become the victims of crime each year at University, but in the majority of cases these crimes can easily be avoided.
In non-emergency situations North Yorkshire Police can be contacted on a Switchboard number of 0845 60 60 247. This number can be used to report any crime. Call 999 if there is a threat to life or a crime is actually taking place.
The majority of crimes are opportunist, which means they are committed on the spur of the moment when a thief spots an open window, unlocked door or other means of breaking into your property. The following tips should help:
The universities and colleges in York provide a wide range of student support services, further details are provided on their websites.
The York Student Health website also provides information about a wide range of student health issues, and has been developed with York's universities and colleges: www.yorkstudenthealth.org.uk.
http://www.unityhealth.info University of York’s medical centre offers scheduled and drop-in appointments with nurses and GPs.
http://www.yorkstudentmedicalcentre.co.uk York St. John’s medical centre offers appointments with nurses and GPs.
As well as contacting the Doctors surgery students can access a variety of University and off campus support:
http://www.yorknightline.org.uk - confidential listening service run by students for students of both Universities. Also provides free sexual health supplies.
https://www.york.ac.uk/students/support/health/opendoor - The University of York's Open Door service offers confidential and professional support to students experiencing any psychological or mental health difficulties.
http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/student-services/health-and-wellbeing/worried-about-yourself.aspx The Wellbeing team offers counselling, welfare advice, wellbeing support and mental health case management to York St John students.
http://www.yorkmind.org.uk An independent York charity which offers counselling, advocacy and access to befriending groups to anyone experiencing emotional or mental difficulties.
https://www.yorkcollege.ac.uk/student-life/222-advice-and-guidance/623-counselling.html – York College’s counselling service offers support to students experiencing any difficulties during their studies.
http://www.samaritans.org – National charity which offers a free and confidential listening service.
http://www.yorkadvocacy.org.uk/about-us/our-service - Charity offering support and advice to York residents with issues or complaints regarding the NHS care they have received.
http://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk - NHS clinic providing STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception, HIV prevention treatment and sexual assault support.
http://mesmac.co.uk/contact-mesmac - sexual health organisation focused on providing mental, physical and emotional support to York’s LGBT community in particular. However all resources are open to people of any sexual orientation.
http://www.idas.org.uk/about_us.html York based charity providing support to anyone affected by domestic abuse
http://relate-selby.btck.co.uk - relationship counselling service offering sexual therapy, couples, singles and family counselling, LGBTQ support and help for those who has fallen victim to violent or sexual abuse.
https://www.york.ac.uk/students/support/disability Disability support information for students at the University of York
http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/about/widening-participation/disabled-students.aspx Disability support information for students at York St John
http://www.york.ac.uk/univ/nrsry - University of York nursery providing childcare for students
http://www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk independent body helping carer’s access support
http://www.yorkcarersforum.org - user-led group of unpaid carers and former carers (over the age of 18) who live, work or care for someone who lives in the York area
http://www.yren.co.uk voluntary organisation based in York aiming to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) and other people in the York area
http://www.supportingvictims.org - support for anyone affected by crime. That includes people who have been a victim of crime themselves, people who have suffered a bereavement as a result of crime, people who are the family spokesperson for a victim, the parents or guardians of victims under 18, and members of staff where their business has been subject to crime.