St George’s has been named as the safest medical school in London, according to a new league table of crime figures.


The Complete University Guide said St George’s had the fifth lowest incidence of student-relevant crime out of London universities and was ranked the safest out of London medical schools such as UCL, ranked 23rd place, Imperial College London, ranked 14th and Queen Mary University in 13th place.

Compiled from official police data, the ranking gives the clearest picture possible of the crime rates for 120 universities in England and Wales. Universities in Greater London are located in areas with the highest crime rates and are listed separately. IFS University College fares worst and Kingston University best.

Gavin Taylor, Student Services Manager, said: “We take care to ensure that St George's is a safe environment for our students and it's great to see this recognised in the rankings. Tooting is a safe and exciting place to live and study if you're sensible and aware, just like any part of any big city. We talk to all the students before they join about living in London and staying safe. That way they have good strategies for going out and getting the most out of the local community.

“Our first year students are offered a place in university accommodation. Halls is a short walk from the university and has security, receptionists and resident advisors to help students with pastoral needs and any concerns they may have. We provide safety advice as part of our induction to halls and insurance for students' possessions is built into the rent.

“We also have a great relationship with the local police, who come in to provide safety advice and offer useful support, like free bike security marking. We also meet regularly with the resident's association in the estate next to halls and keep up good neighbourhood relations.

“Tooting is always changing and that's part of what makes it a great place to be. We work with the students constantly to make sure we're giving up to date advice and support.”

Full details of The Complete University Guide’s rankings can be found here.