MORE than a third of students feel threatened in their university environment at night, a survey has found.
The second UK-wide University Lifestyle Survey discovered that 38% of students felt unsafe travelling between university and their accommodation at night.
The study, which was based on interviews with 2,000 students at 112 institutions, showed women and foreign students felt most at risk.
Just under half (49%) of all female students said they felt unsafe, as did four out of ten (42%) students who had come to study in the UK from outside Europe.
The survey, carried out by the Times Higher Education Supplement, found that the problem is not just confined to areas outside universities.
Nearly a quarter of students (24%) said they felt unsafe walking around their university campus after dark.
Efforts have been made by universities and student unions to teach students about personal safety but research shows the targeting of students remains a problem.
Universities report fears about sexual assaults, violent attacks, muggings and burglaries.