Chester is the region’s second safest university area.

Posted on 7th September 2015

The Complete University Guide has revealed the University of Chester to be the safest city-based institution and the second safest place to study overall in the region.

The North West’s safest and higher risk university neighbourhoods are revealed today (Monday, September 7) by

Compiled from official police data, the ranking gives the clearest picture possible of the crime rates for almost 130 universities and other higher education institutions and their immediate neighbourhoods in England and Wales. has taken professional advice on the crimes most relevant to students and has used three: burglary, robbery and violence and sexual crimes. Universities are then ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months within three miles of each university's main campus.

While these offences are the three of greatest relevant to students, the figures themselves are for all victims, not just students. They relate to the areas surrounding universities, not solely to university premises.

The Guide states that Chester has a level of 7.39 per 1,000 residents for burglary, 0.28 for robbery and 12.3 for violent and sexual offences giving a total of 19.97 placing it as the safest city-based university in the North West.

University Proctor, Mel Williams, said: “This is a pleasing result for the University, which reinforces the message that Chester is a safe city in which to live and study.

“We work closely with both the Police and Chester Students’ Union on safety campaigns throughout each academic year to remind our students not to be complacent and always to take care, even though Chester is a safe place to be.”