Student Tegan Batham has learned how to get home safely when travelling across the city in the early hours of the morning.

With darker winter months and late night Christmas parties on the horizon, it’s vital to protect yourself and stay safe in the city.

We’ve gathered advice to keep yourself safe when travelling home in an evening.

Try not to be alone: Jade Carrington, president of NTSU’s feminist society, noted the importance of staying with other people, especially for young women.

She said: “Try and walk in groups, and with people you trust.”

If you do end up alone, she advises trying to stay in touch with someone else.

Miss Carrington added: “Allow your location on Snapchat/Find My iPhone, to let people know where you are, or get a cab to your destination.

“Be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

Housemates Tegan Batham, Daisy Booth and Jessica Wenborn always travel to and from places together in an evening.

Stay in well-lit areas: Tegan Batham, 19, often walks home at 4am after work.

The Hyson Green resident said: “I feel nervous getting back from my job at a nightclub and being around drunk students.

“Something I do is walk in the empty roads rather than paths.

“It sounds silly but it’s better to be out in the light than hidden at the side of the street, where I never know if someone’s going to run out at me.”

NET have late night trams available between 12am-1am terminating at Shipstone Street and
Nottingham Station.

She also advises people to walk near public transport lines, as they are often more secure and some have buttons where you can call out for help.

Many tram stops have help point buttons, such as this one at The Forest.

Go inside if you feel at risk: Nottingham City Council have emphasised that everyone is welcome inside their buildings, libraries and leisure centres.

They also have community protection officers on patrol every day who can help if needed.

“Be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

Jade Carrington, NTSU feminist society president

A Nottingham City Council van regularly parks on Derby Road, one of the busiest places in the city, to provide a place of refuge for anyone who needs it.

This is part of the Safe Space scheme.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, said: “The Safe Space Pledge is a fantastic scheme, which makes the safety of women and girls a high priority in Nottingham.”

Nottingham Trent University’s Boots Library in the city campus also remains open throughout the night as a safe space.

Nottingham Trent University’s Boots Library is located on Goldsmith Street

Act!: Student Daisy Booth, 19, frequently finds herself having to walk home after a night out.

She said: “If I can’t find someone to FaceTime, I just act like I’m on the phone!

“Sometimes I actually have my phone recording, just in case, but make sure to take my headphones out so I’m aware of what’s going on.”

Hopefully these tips will help make trips out into the city safer and more enjoyable this festive season.