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Staying safe on transport

Red London bus

Using London transport

London has excellent public transport links across the city, some of which run through the night on weekends. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when travelling across London.

Your journey

  • You can use CityMapperGoogle Maps or the TFL journey planner to plan your route in advance.
  • It's useful to check the last train, tube or bus times, so you know when you need to leave.
  • You might want to tell a friend where you are going, and try to take a fully charged phone with you in case of emergency.
  • If it's very quiet, you might prefer to sit on the lower deck of the bus. Try to avoid sitting in empty train carriages if you can.
  • If you decide to travel by taxi, use a licensed minicab or black cab. A licensed cab should have a registered licence ID number on the back of the vehicle just above the registration number plate.
  • You can use the Transport for London website to find a licensed cab service, or use a well-known taxi service, such as Uber.
  • Try to keep your valuables close to you and out of sight, as it can get busy on public transport.
  • You might prefer to leave important documents (like your passport and BRP card) safe at home.

Access support

  • If you see anything which seems out of place on public transport, for example a bag which does not appear to belong to anyone, you can let the driver or someone in the station know. You will not be wasting anyone’s time by raising concerns you have.
  • In the rare event that you become a victim of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport, or you witness someone else who is a victim, you can text 61016 or call Police on 101. Provide details of what happened, where and when.
  • If you would like to speak with a trained counsellor for support, free, one-to-one, confidential counselling is available to all UAL students.
  • Students can also use the Tell Someone service to report racism, bullying, harassment or sexual violence and access support.

Source: Information on this page has been sourced from the Metropolitan Police.