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You’re in safe hands: Bath named second safest city in England and Wales and number one in South West

Monday, 3 April, 2023

Bath is the second safest city for students in England and Wales, and has the lowest crime rate in the whole of the South West, according to new independent research.

The team behind the Complete University Guide has analysed publicly available government data* to help ease the decision making process for students, parents and carers, when it comes to choosing the best place to study.

The latest research shows a positive picture for the South West of England, with Bath and North East Somerset fairing the best (2nd), and Exeter (5th) sitting comfortably in the top five safest places. Nearby, Plymouth (15th) and Bristol (16th) also ranked highly out of a total of 128 higher education institutions.

Recognised as experts in their industry, the team behind the Complete University Guide has compiled university league tables for more than 25 years. Speaking on the safety results, Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said:

“The Complete University Guide is the trusted and independent gold standard for university rankings in the UK, and has helped countless students choose the university and the subjects that are right for them. While invaluable, the league tables only tell part of the story. Our Complete University Guide safety rankings provide an additional layer of information to help students make the right choices.
“The beautiful and historic towns and cities of the South West of England are wonderful places to study and now we know that they are some of the safest too. It’s great news for students heading to the South West for their university studies.”

A full breakdown of the most recent results can be found on the ‘How safe is your city?’ page on the Complete University Guide.

*Results are based on domestic burglary, robbery of personal property, and violence with injury against the general public in UK towns and cities with two or more universities, with a three-year rolling average of crime per population of 1,000.

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