Response to The Complete University Guide crime rate report

London Metropolitan University has very low reported crime both within the University and impacting on our students.

London Met was formed from a merger between The University of North London and London Guildhall University in August 2002. Consequently the University spans across three hubs in Holloway, Moorgate and Aldgate. The Complete University Guide only based its analysis on the crime rates around the 3 mile radius of the Aldgate hub, however 50% of our students are located at our Holloway hub with the other half of students based at Aldgate and at Moorgate. The analysis should have been based on the Holloway Road area, the University's official address since 2010, and not the Aldgate hub.

We do not have onsite accommodation so most of our students are only present around the University during the daytime. A 2011 report conducted by The Parthenon Group revealed that 50% of our student intake is made up of Londoners who already live within a 7 mile radius of our three hubs. These students will already have experience and knowledge of living within these areas. London Met is committed to ensuring that all students feel safe while they study with us.

Our reception areas are all manned by security so only authorised staff and students can gain access to our buildings. We have excellent relationships with both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police. Together we provide crime prevention advice and literature,and run awareness campaigns such as Campus Watch, so our students are informed about how to stay safe in London.

Market research has demonstrated that our students value safety and security highly. Qualitative data from our 2011 National Student Survey, which was filled out by over 2,000 final year students, revealed that they did not cite personal safety around London Met as a concern, and that they felt safe and secure at the institution.