Your safety matters to us at Victoria University Sydney. We foster a safe environment where you feel empowered to speak up if something bothers you, or you believe someone needs help.
You can feel confident that VU Sydney is committed to keeping you safe while you study with us.
Our Student Services team will be on hand to offer support, advice and assistance whenever you need it. Our campuses are all tobacco and smoke-free so you can study in a healthy environment.
Staying safe in Sydney
Sydney is often ranked as the world’s most liveable city. But, like most large cities, there are some risks, especially at night. Here are some tips for staying safe.
On the street
- Avoid parks, lanes and poorly lit areas at night.
- Travel with a friend whenever possible.
- Check your directions before you travel.
- Take care when crossing roads: look to the right and the left before you step off the curb, and use pedestrian crossings or traffic lights whenever possible.
- Don’t get in a car with people you don’t know.
- Don’t get in a car with someone who’s been drinking.
- Wear bright clothing when you’re walking or cycling at night so that drivers can see you.
- Feel free to approach police officers on the street or walk into a police station at any time.
On public transport
- When you’re travelling on a train, light rail or bus, sit in the first carriage or up the front near the driver, and press the emergency button only if necessary.
- Never cross railway crossings when lights are flashing or barriers are down.
In a public space
- Stay alert when using ATMs, and cover your hand when entering your PIN.
- Don’t give out your phone number or personal details freely.
- Always buy your own drinks, especially in a bar or pub.
- Never carry more than $100 in cash with you.
- In an emergency, dial 000.
Emergency services are provided to help all Sydney residents. The staff who work for these services are trained professionals.
If you ever find yourself in an emergency you can call 000 for:
This is a free call and can be dialled from all phones, even those without credit. If you place a call to any of these services, the telephone operator will provide assistance until help arrives. To speak to someone in your own language ask the operator for a translator.
For immediate assistance contact:
Karol Clancy, VU Sydney Associate Director Students
Phone: +61 481 003 154
In case of an emergency you should always call 000 in the first instance.