Uni is safest place to study

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Buckingham is the safest place to study in England and Wales, a survey has revealed.

Students at the University of Buckingham are in the most crime-free environment in England and Wales, according to a national survey of student-relevant offences published on Tuesday by TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk

The University of Winchester is in the second safest neighbourhood.

Compiled from official police data, the ranking gives the clearest picture possible of the crime rates for the communities surrounding almost 140 universities and other higher education institutions in England and Wales.

Official data for crimes directly involving students are not available so TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk selected three crimes – burglary, robbery and violent and sexual offences – as of particular relevance to students.

The ranking is based on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months within three miles of each university’s main campus.

Overall, the south east is the second safest region in England and Wales, after the north east, with eight universities in the top 20 localities for relatively low levels of crime outside London.

University of Buckingham deputy vice chancellor Alistair Alcock said: “We are delighted that Buckingham is the safest university campus in the UK.

“We know that being safe is one of the reasons we consistently score so well for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey (NSS). S

“Students feel welcome in the town of Buckingham and the police do a good job helping to make it a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.”