Staying safe

We’re working with bars to create safer spaces for fun nights out. We need you to be part of that. You can play your part by:

  • Being patient while security staff search people and check ID
  • Looking out for people and reporting suspicious behaviour to bar staff, police officers or city centre wardens
  • Not leaving drinks unattended
  • Setting the expectation that you’ll stick together and let each other know where you are and who you’re with
  • Keeping hydrated with water and soft drinks so you can save money and party for longer
  • Only use black cabs or prebooked private hires (including Uber) where you know you’re insured and drivers are trained and vetted
  • You can read more detailed advice on this page



To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission. Spiking has also come to mean being injected with drugs without their knowledge or permission

The aim may be to incapacitate someone enough to rob or sexually assault them, although sometimes it is just intended as a joke – a bad joke as it is very dangerous

Spiking is an act of violence. Tell us if you think you’ve been spiked. The sooner you’re able to tell us, the better our chances of finding the person who did this to you

  • If you start to feel strange, sick or drunk when you know that you couldn’t be drunk, seek help from a trusted friend or member of staff
  • If you think you have been spiked, get a close friend to get you out of the place as soon as possible and take you home or to hospital (if seriously unwell). Or ring a friend, relative or partner and ask them to come and pick you up
  • If you feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened you can ask for help from staff and asking them for Angela. This code-word indicates that you need help and a trained member of staff will then help you
  • Make sure you can trust the person you ask for help. Don’t go anywhere with a stranger or acquaintance
  • Once you are safely home ask someone to stay with you until the effects of the drug have worn off, which could be several hours
  • Don’t hesitate to call for medical help if you need it. And do tell us what happened as soon as possible


Alcohol safety

Always remember to drink responsibly

  • Don’t pre-drink excessively
  • Never feel pressured into drinking if you don’t want to. There are plenty of alternative social events, both on and off campus for you to enjoy
  • Never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers
  • Go out in a group, stay in a group, go home in a group
  • Plan how you are going to get home before you go out
  • Drink lots of water before you go to bed


Drug advice

Misusing drugs, both legal and illegal, can have serious mental and physical effects on your health

  • Remember – legal highs are not legal!
  • Never feel pressured to take drugs – it is always your choice
  • If you feel you need help and support on drug use, book an appointment at your local GP
  • has great advice on drugs, drug usage and useful contacts for help and support


Safe space

Safe Spaces are staffed by security and medics. You can go there for help, to rest or to talk.

  • Birmingham - The Arcadian Centre Safe Space is open Friday and Saturday night
  • Coventry – location changes but is open pay day weekends
  • Wolverhampton – Queen Square is open pay day weekends


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