Freshers will soon be arriving at the University of Chester to start the new term, but anxious parents need not worry - the institution has been named the safest city-based university in the North West.
The Complete University Guide has put together a set of rankings based on police data.
Chester came out second for all universities in the North West, which also included campus-based universities, and 24th in the country.
Edge Hill University topped the table for the region’s 13 institutions and Lancaster University came in third.
University proctor Mel Williams said: “This is a pleasing result for the university, which reinforces the message Chester is a safe city in which to live and study.
“We work closely with both the police and Chester Students’ Union on safety campaigns each year to remind our students not to be complacent and always to take care.”
The guide based the rankings on crimes most relevant to students; burglary, robbery and violent and sexual crimes, within a mile of each university’s main campus from May 2014 to April 2015.
But the figures themselves are for all victims, not just students.
Cheshire Police Inspector Paul Loughlin said: “We do a lot of work with the university to prevent crime and help students stay safe during their time in our city.
"We will continue to work closely with the university to help prevent students becoming a victim of crime.”
This year’s freshers week begins on September 27.
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