Health and Safety


Find some tips for staying safe at night, essential University emergency contact numbers, maps and what to do in an emergency.

Tips for staying safe at night

Students studying in Cotton Building

Use these safety tips to get yourself to and from the University and home safely.

Plan ahead

Work out how you’re going to get home before you head out for the day or night.

Be alert

Listen, look and notice what’s happening around you.

Stick with your friends

It’s safer to walk with others.

Campus Emergency Line:

Ext 8888 from an internal phone or 0800 VIC 8888 (0800 842 8888) from your mobile phone.

Personal alarms

The Recreation Centre has personal alarms for sale and you can borrow personal alarms for 24 hours from the Kelburn and Law Libraries.

Campus Maps - Accessible Pathways

Accessible pathways are marked on all campus maps:

Campus Maps File size File type
pdf Kelburn Campus Map 493 KB PDF
pdf Pipitea Campus Map 366 KB PDF

What to do in an emergency

Emergencies that could affect you while you are at Victoria include earthquakes, fires, accidents, tsunami (if you are by the coast), or severe weather.

Being prepared for an emergency can help you and the people around you. Make sure you know what to do in an emergency.

Here are some simple steps:

Get ready in advance

  • Get familiar with the emergency preparedness notices in lecture theatres and offices
  • Know where your nearest evacuation area is and civil defence cabinet (check out the signs in your area)
  • Have an emergency kit where you live which includes water, food, medication, basic first aid supplies and other items you know you will need in an emergency.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the kit is and check it annually and change the water and anything that has an expired “use by” date.
  • Make a plan for where you will meet friends and/or family

During an emergency

  • Do not use lifts in an emergency or during a fire alarm. Use the stairs.
  • In an emergency leave the building through an emergency exit route - these routes are identified by green and white exit signs.

View Victoria University's ‘Be Prepared’ video

During an Earthquake
  • Act quickly - DROP to the ground, get under COVER, and HOLD until the shaking stops
  • If there is no cover, crouch on your knees on the floor away from windows, put your arms over your head and neck to protect them
  • If you cannot get to the floor, cover your head and neck as best you can
  • Lock your wheels if you are in a wheelchair
After an Earthquake
  • Stay inside, gather everyone in one place until it is safe to exit
  • If you are in a multi-storey building, check the stairs before making your way to lower floors, do not use lifts
  • If you are unable to descend the stairs due to an impairment, find a safe spot near the stairwell and alert someone that you need help
  • If you are in the stairwells, use emergency door release buttons to exit
  • If the building you are in is unsafe, evacuate. Take your belongings, beware of falling debris and make your way to a large open space

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