Off-campus living Safety

Important message regarding off campus behaviour and staying safe this Halloween

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We have one of the strongest student communities in the UK with around 80,000 students living in Manchester and we are proud that the majority of students are great neighbours, making a positive contribution to their local community and our city’s culture.

However, this time of year is often associated with an increase in complaints relating to noise and anti-social behaviour. This has a devastating impact on the local community and places increased demands on local partnership and emergency services. And, in the current pandemic, there are increased concerns that certain behaviours also compromise the wider safety of our community.

We need you to remember that as a representative of the University of Manchester, you are required to behave in a manner that is both respectful and considerate to local residents, including other students.

Conducting yourself in an anti-social way not only heightens the risk to yourself and others but it also makes you liable to prosecution by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.   Furthermore, under the University’s Regulation (Conduct and Discipline of Students) i.e. the University’s disciplinary policy, misbehaviour can put you at risk of disciplinary action. More than ever the University and local partnership agencies are taking issues with student behaviour extremely serious.

Unfortunately as the darker nights appear we also see a spike in safety issues concerning students and student housing.

We want to make sure that you are safe and happy living in Manchester and are having a positive impact on the local community so here are some of the key things to remember:

  • Secure your property, and know how to look after your belongings
  • Take care and be alert when you’re out and about as the nights get darker.
  • Be safe and sensible throughout Halloween and Bonfire night –check out safety tips from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue here
  • Act in a respectful manner towards your neighbours.
  • Be mindful of noise levels both within your house and when returning home to avoid causing nuisance for other residents
  • Do not play music at a level of volume that disturbs others’ peaceful enjoyment of life
  • Manage your tenancy in a responsible way
  • Adhere to Government guidance regarding social distancing and prevention of the spread of Covid-19. See here for information about current government guidelines and University information.

If you would like advice or support on any aspect of living off campus living or housing issues, please contact Manchester Student Homes