Students at the University of Gloucestershire are the safest in the south west, according to new figures.
STUDENTS at the University of Gloucestershire are the safest in the South West.
The Complete University Guide has listed crime rates for student towns and cities using official police data.
And it shows that Cheltenham is the place to be.
The University of Gloucestershire emerged with the lowest incidence of student-relevant crime within three miles of its campus in Cheltenham.
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The county was in the top 10 nationwide, and Bath Spa and the University of Bath gained second and third places.
Figures suggest that one third of students become victims of crime, mainly theft and burglary, and about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.
In and around the main campus, The Park and Francis Close Hall in Cheltenham, 0.8 burglaries are reported for every 1,000 people.
There are also 0.05 robberies and 0.29 violent crimes to every 1,000 residents.
Stewart Dove, director of student support, said the university was delighted to be recognised as a safe place to learn.
He said: "We take student welfare very seriously and we want all our students to have the best possible living, as well as learning experience.
"Our support services offer every student help and information whatever issues they are facing."
The university works with police who proactively check windows and doors are locked in high risk areas, while students are given home safety advice and alarms.
It also holds a registered landlord list and inspects each home, ensuring security is a top priority.
It has a help zone within each faculty where students can go to receive advice, support and assistance on any issues, including crime.
And it has a police liaison officer regularly on site.
Mr Dove said: "If the work we do helps to keep just one more student safe then we know that what we are doing is right."
Bernard Kingston, founder of The Complete University Guide, said: "While these crimes are the three most commonly perpetrated against students, the figures relate to all victims, not just students.
"Quality of tuition and the prospects for employment after graduation are key elements in choosing a university course, but it is important not to overlook other aspects of the environment in which the student will be living for three or more years."