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The UK is generally a safe place with low levels of crime. But whenever you travel to a new country, it is vital that you look after yourself.

We strongly recommend that you read the British Council's Creating confidence guide. This guide is designed for international students, and covers essential advice about staying safe in the UK.

The Safety First guide also has lots of safety advice for visitors to the UK.

In an emergency, call 999 to contact the police, fire brigade or ambulance. This call is free of charge from any UK phone but should only be used in an emergency.

If you need to report a crime or an incident that is not an emergency, dial 101, or ask someone at your school, college or university to contact your local police station for you.

For advice about staying safe while you're out in the evenings and at night, take a look at UK student nightlife: Top tips on staying safe – there's a lot more advice here to make sure you have a safe and happy experience while you're in the UK.

We also recommend reading the NUS (National Union of Students) safety advice for UK and international students here: Student safety. The NUS also offers advice specifically for international students, to ensure you have a safe and happy experience while you're studying in the UK: Advice for international students.

In these short films, an officer from Greater Manchester Police gives his tips on two easy ways to stay safe as a student in the UK:

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