Personal safety information for international students University of Newcastle, Australia

Personal Safety

While Newcastle is generally a safe place to live and study, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.

Going out

When you are out with friends or by yourself, here are some simple things to consider:

  • Always plan your trip home, especially at night. You may want to pre-book a taxi or arrange transport with a friend. Always make sure you have enough money to get home
  • Try to travel with a friend or in a group
  • Keep your bag and belongings close to your body and where you can always see them
  • Never hitch hike
  • If you don't have a mobile phone, make sure money to make a phone call
  • Where available, use pedestrian walkways and cross the street at pedestrian crossings or lights
  • Leave valuables at home if you don't need to take them with you. This includes jewellery, electronic equipment such as iPads and your passport
  • Don't carry large amounts of money with you. You can access your money at ATMs found in shops, supermarkets, petrol stations, shopping malls, bars, shop fronts and many other public places
  • Call 000 in the event of an emergency. Remember, calls to 000 are free of charge

Public transport

A number of security measures have been implemented to maximise the safety of public transport users including security officers and guards, help points, good lighting and security cameras. However you should still use caution when travelling on public transport:

  • Avoid isolated bus and rail stops and stations
  • Check transport timetables to avoid long waits, particularly at night
  • Train carriages nearest to the driver or guard are lit and safest at night
  • If you find yourself left in a train carriage on your own or with only one other person you may feel more comfortable moving to another carriage

Taxis

Some tips when using taxis in Australia:

  • Sit wherever you feel most comfortable – it is normal for passengers to sit in the front or the rear of the taxi
  • Always ensure you know the address of your destination before getting into the taxi
  • Tell the driver the route you would like to take to your destination, and don't be afraid to speak up if the driver takes you a different route, particularly one you are unfamiliar with
  • If you don't want the driver to know exactly where you live, get them to drop you off a short distance away