The Top 10 Most Dangerous University Cities

21/04/2015 16:31 | Updated 21 April 2015
Mark Wineman

It seems some university cities are more dangerous than others.

In a report covering the period between February 2014 and January 2015, the student accommodation portal StuRents analysed more than 500,000 crimes taking place in 64 cities across the UK. While the data includes both students and non-students, StuRents maintain the majority of the crimes analysed took place around student hubs, and as such, they hoped "to give the best indication yet of the safety of students in our towns and cities".

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  • 1 Brighton
    Despite its association with a laidback lifestyle and being a popular weekend break destination, Brighton came top in the list with over 800 crimes per 1000 people. The home of both Brighton and Sussex universities had the highest number of highest rates of violence and sexual offences, burglary, and theft.
  • 2 Swansea
    Missing out on the top spot by a huge 200 crimes per thousand people, Swansea is a firm second on the list. It did, however, come first for drug offences.
  • 3 Stoke-on-Trent
    The home of Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent came third in the list. According to the report, 1 in every 2 people in the town experienced a crime over the last year.
  • 4 Newcastle
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    The home of both Newcastle and Northumbira universities, the first northern city in the list is fourth, just under Stoke-On-Trent.
  • 5 Stockton
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    The second northern entry on the list comes a cool fifth, right on the halfway point.
  • 6 Sunderland
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    At 465 crimes per thousand people, Sunderland has only half the crime of Brighton.
  • 7 Middlesbrough
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    Middlesbrough became a university town in 1992, as a result of a campaign for a distinct 'Teeside university' had been going since the 1960s.
  • 8 Bolton
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    Bolton is the only town on the list without a distinct university located within- it has 3 sixth form colleges instead.
  • 9 York
    Despite being named the safest city in the world last month in a poll by the Royal Mail, York has managed to come in at number 9 on the list.
  • 10 Wolverhampton
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    Despite being last on the list, the home of Wolverhampton university managed to come top for robbery.

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