Whether you are heading off to college for the first time or think you’ve got the whole campus living thing figured out, you can never be too safe. At University Loft Company, we’ve made it our business to produce strong, durable and safe solid wood furniture for your student residence life and dorm room experience. But we also know that where you go, how you act and the precautions you take can keep you safe throughout your time on campus. Here are 15 campus and dorm room safety tips:
Safety on Campus:
- Use the “buddy system” and stay close to a friend when walking on campus, especially after dark.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- When you go out, especially if you are going somewhere you don’t normally go, let your roommate or another friend know where you’ll be.
- Keep your cell phone handy, and pre-program the number for the campus police so you can reach them with just a few taps.
- Need a ride? Never accept a ride from a stranger. Call a trusted friend instead.
- If you see suspicious activity on campus, report it to campus security personnel. You might just save a life.
- Keep your laptop computer, cell phone and computer tablet close at hand at all times.
- Party responsibly (know your limits when drinking, and always use a trusted friend as a designated driver).
Safety in the Dorm Room:
- Keep your dorm room door locked after hours, while sleeping or when you are not in your room.
- Purchase and use a lock for your laptop computer or other valuables.
- Keep important information – including computer serial numbers, and credit card and bank account numbers – recorded, but secured somewhere safe. Never leave important documents with sensitive information where they can be seen by others.
- Keep your blinds or curtains closed after dark or while dressing.
- Memorize fire and emergency escape routes.
- Use a ladder accessory or secure bed ends to reach the top bunk of your University Loft student bed.
- Don’t rock back too far on your student desk chair; the University Loft Two-Position Chair lets you rock back comfortably and safely.
Obviously, there are many other safety considerations when you are on campus and in the dormitory. Think safe – keep your eyes and ears open and always be fully aware of your surroundings – and your college days and nights can be a great living and learning experience.
The ULoft Blog Team
About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:
Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”