High Wycombe has been awarded Purple Flag status, a prestigious national award for town centres. Similar to the Blue Flag for beaches and the Green Flag for green spaces, it is backed by the government, police and businesses.Purple flag logo

To win Purple Flag status, towns and cities have to be welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home, provide a good mix of venues and attractions, and appeal to visitors not just at night but during the day too. Along with this, Bucks has been named in the university league tables as having a low crime rate. Take a look at the heat map tool to find out more.

Our Students’ Union also provides a free bus service on Wednesdays and Fridays (the most popular student nights) for students to get home safely and quietly. After midnight, the bus starts taking students home to High Wycombe.

As with anywhere, of course, the area isn’t completely crime-free, so students still need to be careful. Theft and burglary are the most common crimes, though many incidents are preventable with a few precautions.

  • avoid shortcuts through dark alleys
  • make sure they have a personal attack alarm and suggest that they don't walk alone late at night
  • if they bring a bike, they should also bring a sturdy lock
  • avoid being 'flashy' with mobile phones and laptops
  • always double check bedroom and window locks – they shouldn't leave windows open overnight or if they’re not in the room
  • don't keep or leave valuables in communal areas

If your son or daughter has any concerns about safety or security while at Bucks, please encourage them to contact our Student Centre for support.