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Off-Campus Safety


Washington University in St. Louis’s location at the edge of the city of St. Louis, surrounded by subur­ban neighborhoods, is an asset to those who study, teach and work here. The surrounding neigh­borhoods provide a variety of living and entertainment choices for students, faculty and staff.

As part of a long-standing commitment to the safety of its community members, Washington University Police Department works closely with our neighboring police departments through coordinated patrols and regular information-exchange meetings.​

WUSTL-owned property is patrolled from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. by the Washington University Police Neighborhood Security PatrolBlue light telephones in some neighborhoods ring directly to the police that serve that area.​

In an emergency off campus

If you live or travel off campus, you will likely be in areas served by the local police. Adjacent to campus, these jurisdictions include University City, St. Louis and Clayton. In any emergency within these areas, please call the local police immediately at 9-1-1.

Staying safe is the responsibility of each indi­vidual, whether on or off campus.

Keep Alert for Suspicious Activity

If you see a suspicious person or activity off campus, report it immediately to police by calling 9-1-1. Examples of suspicious activity might include:

  • Strangers knocking on your door
  • Strangers entering or leaving your neighbor’s apartment or loitering in hallways or outdoor areas, such as between buildings, bike racks, carports or garages, or on sidewalks
  • Persons seen trying doors or looking into windows of buildings or vehicles
  • Suspicious sounds like screams or breaking glass

When in doubt, contact the local police.

Additional Safety Precautions
WUPD offers several other items that can help take away the opportunity for crime to occur, whether you are on or off campus.
For more information about maximizing your off-campus security, contact the WUPD’s Crime Prevention Specialist at (314) 935-5084.

Off-Campus Crime Mapping and Incidents
For information about incidents in a particular neighborhood, use the following crime mapping tools provided by the relevant jurisdiction.
Neighborhood Safety
  • Washington University in St. Louis and the Washington University Police Department established the Neighborhood Security Patrol (NSP) to provide high-visibility night time security patrols to neighborhoods in which the university owns off-campus housing.
  • Through the use of these patrols, WUSTL intends to enhance safety and to assist in addressing student behavioral issues that may impact the quality of life for all residents of the area.
Neighborhood Alerts via email
If you are interested in receiving crime alerts and advisories prepared by Washington University for off-campus neighborhoods in which the university owns property via email, please complete the Neighborhood Alert sign- up form