Navigating City Life

Chicago is our campus, and we encourage you to take advantage of all the exciting, artsy, and cultural venues Chicago has to offer. Below are some tips to assist you with safely navigating city life.

  • Always assume a state of awareness.
  • Walk with confidence and with purpose.
  • Avoid using a cell phone or headphones while walking the streets.
  • Avoid walking in alleys and near construction sites.
  • Avoid engaging in conversation with individuals soliciting food, money, etc., which may jeopardize your personal safety.
  • Limit the carrying of valuables, personal identification, credit and debit cards.
  • Carry wallets in the front pockets.
  • When riding the bus, choose a stop that is well lit and populated.
  • Know the bus or train schedule ahead of time, so you aren't forced to wait longer than necessary. You can plan out your trips using the RTA on-line trip planner to receive exact travel times and alternate routes.
  • Don't sleep on the bus or train. Remain alert.
  • Remember to conceal any items of value, while traveling on buses and trains.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Practice the buddy system and travel with fellow students or friends, whenever possible.
  • Never accept a ride or get too close to a car if someone is asking for directions.
  • Trust your instincts, react and seek safe quarters at the first sign of danger.
  • Enroll in free martial arts classes taught throughout the year. For information regarding class schedules and locations, please call 312-369-6920.
  • For additional resources on self-defense and other classes offered in the Chicagoland area, please visit these websites; Thousand Waves and Power for Women.
  • Be attentive to the security alerts and timely warning notices provided by Campus Safety and Security.