Health and Wellbeing

Keeping safe at home in halls or in a house-share

  • In halls, when you leave your room, always lock the door and shut the window, even if you are only popping next door for a minute.
  • Don’t invite someone you don’t know or have recently met back to your room when it is just the two of you. Get to know them better before spending time alone with them.
  • Never let anyone into your block by holding a door open unless you know them or have checked their ID.
  • If you see anything suspicious - report it to campus Security:
    01273 678234
    security@sussexestatesfacilities.co.uk
    or your reception porter or your building manager.  It may be nothing to worry about but it is best to pass this information on.
  • If you’re living in the private sector and need out-of-hours emergency welfare support please phone JAM, our out-of-hours call-back service, on (+44) (0)2089  383873. JAM will give guidance over-the phone and will also contact the Residential Community Coordinator (RCC) on duty who will return your call within the hour. The RCC will offer over-the-phone welfare support and advice, along with signposting for additional available support.

 

NOTE: Calls are charged at your local standard mobile / landline rate.

Finding and living in a house-share off campus

  • If you are going to view a house, try to take someone with you. Leave full details of where you are going and who you are meeting with a friend and arrange to contact them once you have finished.
  • Make sure that the property is secure and that the area feels safe. It is a good idea to visit it at night as well as during the day.
  • Make sure you meet all your prospective house mates and trust your instincts when deciding whether or not to move in.
  • Ensure that you have good quality door and window locks and if not, ask your landlord or letting agent to replace them. If you’re away from the house for a long period of time such as during the holidays, you might want to look into getting timer switches to make it less obvious that the house is empty. It is always a good idea to take more expensive possessions such as laptops home with you during holiday periods.