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Security Measures in Student Housing
There is a 24-hour reception desk at the entrance of Metrogate that provides around the clock security. The main door requires a key code to get in and each individual room has a locked and bolted door.  The residence is also equipped with CCTV surveillance.  

Safety in a City
Just as in any large city, it is important for students to take precautions to stay safe.  While Kensington is a safe neighborhood, it is important for students to be mindful of their surroundings and follow basic safety principles.

  • Walk along well-lit areas and avoid alleys or poorly lit areas.
  • Use the buddy system and do not travel alone at night.
  • Avoid public demonstrations, riots, and other civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile and avoid loud conversations or arguments.
  • Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest.
  • Try to seem purposeful when you move about. Even if you are lost, act as if you know where you are going. 
  • Try to ask for directions only from individuals in authority (police officer, train operator, etc.).
  • Make a note of emergency telephone numbers you may need: the staff, Metrogate reception, police, fire, your hotel, and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Travel tips are courtesy of the US State Department.

US State Department: A Safe Trip Abroad
We recommend that students review the US State Department’s website that provides information on safety for travelers abroad.  They provide tips on how to handle money abroad, traveling on public transportation, safety in a hotel and other items that students will find relevant.

US State Department: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
US citizens can register their travel plans with the US Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  If students have not already done so, we strongly encourage them to register.  This is a free service that will allow the US State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

Considerations for Female Travelers
While gender relations are very similar in the United Kingdom to those in the United States, it is a good idea for women to develop some awareness about issues that may arise when they travel.  Please see below for a list of resources and travel guides for women.

Her Own Way – A Woman’s Safe Travel Guide
The department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade-Canada has crafted a website that includes information on packing, “crime-proofing” yourself, preventing sexual assault and harassment, and intercultural issues related to women, etc.  While not all of the information will be relevant to US citizens, it is a helpful resource for tips.

Tips for Female Students Abroad
IIEPassport has provided travel tips for female students studying abroad.

University of Michigan: Women Abroad
The University of Michigan has a website with advice for female students studying abroad by region.