Kathrin Müller, U-Multirank
Dec 15, 2021 13:10 (CET)
One important question you might have before moving to another city for studying is, is this a safe place to study? Especially for those students deciding to study abroad, your family members or friends might come up with this question before your trip. Of course, security is an important aspect of daily life, which is why in this blog post we want to share with you our top 10 safety tips while studying abroad. Additionally, we will present a list of the safest capitals to study in based on what students had to say about the safety in their own university cities.
For the U-Multirank student surveys 2020 and 2021, students were asked to rate how they perceived the security in their university city. The answer scale ranged from 1 (very good) to 6 (very bad). 52,335 current students answered this question which allowed us to calculate safety ratings for 230 cities worldwide.
Students all around the world feel quite safe in their university city with an average security rating of 1.81. However, there are bigger differences between cities. The safety ratings for selected participating capital cities are presented in Figure 1.
Figure 1: the mean safety of capitals as rated by students
Other differences can be seen when looking at the safety ratings by gender, for example female students (1.83) felt slightly less secure than male (1.73) in their university city. In this year’s student survey, students for the first time also had the possibility to choose ‘non-binary / diverse’ as their gender. This student group however (with a total of 349 student replies) formed the group that felt the least secure – with an average rating of 2.46 – in their university city.
Figure 2: student safety ratings of cities by gender
Do you want to find out how safe your favorite study abroad destination is? On our U-Multirank city pages, for many places we include safety and security information (based on the Numbeo safety index scores).