Deciding where to go to university can be tough. You’ll want to know which universities rank the highest for student satisfaction, nightlife and perhaps even the prettiest campus. But, what about safety? The Complete University Guide recently published the crime rates for university cities and towns in 2022. These crime statistics take into account a range of factors including robbery, burglary, violence or sexual crime. These were then combined to give a total score on safety and the results are pretty interesting! So, don’t go anywhere because today we are here to reveal the most dangerous universities in the UK!
10. Courtauld Institute of Art- 110.4
In position 10 on our list, we have the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. This university scored particularly highly for violence or sexual crime, but lower for robbery and burglary. All together that gave it a combined score of 110.4 incidents per 1000 residents, which made it into this spot on the list. Considering that this uni is in London, we don’t find it that surprising. Likewise, it’s important to recognise that the data does not record every university and institution in London.
9. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts -111.0
Following on, in position 9 of the most dangerous university in the UK in 2022 is yet another performing arts school. This Liverpool art uni actually scored pretty low in terms of robbery (3.2) and burglary (14.4). However, its stats in relation to violence or sexual crime are pretty shocking at 78.5. All of this combined gave the university a total score of 111 incidents per 1000 residents- that’s over 10%.
8. The University of Northampton-116.4
In position number 8 on our list, we have The University of Northampton. This public university that’s based in the east midlands of the UK once again scored low for robbery (just 4.1) and burglary. However, it was given a score of 95.5 for violence or sexual crime. This meant that its total combined score amounted to 116.4 and puts it in position 8 on our list.
7. London School of Economics -121.3
Following on, we have another London university on this list. Academically wise, LSE has been repeatedly voted as one of the best universities in London. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to safety. In fact, LSE scored pretty highly overall in categories including Violence and sexual crime (45.6). Its total score comes in at 121.3 which puts it at position 7 on our list.
6. The University of Derby-123.6
A few points up and in position 6 on our list is the University of Derby. This highly rated university that’s located in the heart of England has a pretty low robbery rate at just 3.5. However, when it comes to violence or sexual crime, it scored a 92.5. This meant that Debry landed on a combined score of 123.6.
5. Liverpool John Moores-124.8
We’re now halfway through our list and coming in at position number five is Liverpool John Moores University. The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including degree apprenticeships. While its robbery and burglary scores are lower than others, its rate of violence or sexual crime gives LJM a total score of 124.8.
4. Teesside University 131.8
Teesside University in Middlesbrough sits in the fourth position on our list. Burglary and violence or sexual crime were pretty high for this one, giving it a combined score of 131.8. To put it into some context, some of the safest universities in the UK score under 10 in this data.
4. The University of Bradford-133
Following on, we are now in the top 3 on our list of the most dangerous universities in the UK in 2022. Next up is The University of Bradford, a public research university located in West Yorkshire. Yet again, according to the data Bradford ranked pretty highly for violence and sexual crime. Its total score comes in at 133 incidents per 1000 residents- that’s 13%.
2. Birmingham City University-144.4
And in position 2, we have Birmingham City University. The rival uni to The University of Birmingham isn’t standing up so well on this list. In fact, it scored pretty highly on all fronts including burglary, robbery and violence or sexual crime. Its total score sits just under 150 incidents per 1000 residents.
1. Aston University-177.9
And drum roll, please… In position 1 and officially ranked the most dangerous university in the UK in 2022 is Aston University. This public research university is the second Birmingham university to make it onto our list. It scored 17 for robbery, 11.1 for burglary and 133.6 for violence and sexual crime. All of this combined gave Aston university a total score of 177.9 out of 1000 residents or 17.8 %.
For more information on how the table is calculated, visit the CU website. Whilst this list compiled the most dangerous student areas and universities, it may interest you to know, that the top five institutions with the lowest recorded crime rates are also shown in this data. These include St Georges University of London (3.9), Harper Adams (17.4), Falmouth (22.9), Royal Agricultural University (24.6) and Rose Bruford College (25.9).
Whether this changes your decision on where to attend university or not, do take note of each university’s security measures and stay safe wherever you are!