Many of our incoming students ask the question “Is London a safe place” As with any major city there is crime, but the most important thing is to be alert at all times, and ensure that you follow certain simple guidelines.
Whilst in London you must abide by all British laws and regulations. Failure to do so could lead to arrest, prosecution and deportation, all of which will make it very difficult, if possible at all, to obtain permission to visit England again.
Security and Terrorism
Being in central London, it is essential that you take care with all aspects of security. You must always be aware of ‘suspect packages’, unattended boxes or bags. This means that you must keep your own belongings safely with you at all times, so as not to cause a false alarm. Sometimes entire Underground stations are shut down and evacuated to investigate security threats such as suspect packages. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and alert authorities at once if you have any concerns. Should an incident occur the most important thing for you to do is to let people know that you are safe. We would recommend that you return to your lodging and contact your Faculty Director in London straight away. In the absence of a Faculty Director you should call Anglo Educational Services and let us know that you are safe. Please make sure that you contact your parents. They will be worried about you.
Drugs, Weapons and Alcohol
Despite what some people think it is still illegal to possess drugs in the UK, including cannabis, and the police are well within their rights to stop you in the street and search you. If you are found in possession of drugs then you may be arrested, and likely deported.
The UK has very strict rules on weapons. Mace and Pepper spray is strictly prohibited, and it is illegal to be in possession of it. Other weapons, such as guns and knives are also banned.
The legal age for drinking in the UK is 18. Please treat alcohol with respect, and do not abuse it. Drink sizes are often larger over here, and if you end up intoxicated you will be more at risk from other forms of crime. The police have the power to arrest and detain you if you are acting in an inappropriate way due to alcohol.