Health & Safety

Living in a Boston apartment can create certain issues of security. By becoming more conscious, exercising common sense, and taking precautionary measures you improve your chances of remaining safe.

It's always good to be cognizant of your surroundings and personal space. You should:

  • Trust your instincts, they are the most reliable guides
  • Always lock your apartment door even when you are home
  • Never open your door to anyone you don’t know - ask for ID
  • Never leave your valuables in plain view. Always lock your car and/or bicycle
  • Keep windows locked when you are not home or sleeping
  • Keep emergency numbers by the phone or refrigerator
  • Know your neighbors. Choose someone in case of emergency
  • When walking, stay in a well-lit area and know where you’re going
  • Avoid traveling alone, if possible. Be aware, confident and cautious
  • Utilize Suffolk University’s Walking Escort Program

Fire Safety

National Fire Protection Association Safety information and fire prevention tips
Campus Firewatch Monthly, electronic newsletter on campus fire safety
U.S. Fire Administration Fire prevention tips, fire prevention campaigns and other safety information

Emergency Notification Systems in Boston & Surrounding Communities

Suffolk University community members living in Boston or a surrounding community are encouraged to sign up for their local community's emergency notification system.


Did you know that you can receive messages from the City of Boston about snow emergencies, parking bans, and school closings? To register for this service, please visit

Renters' Insurance

For even more peace of mind, you might want to buy renters' insurance while you're living off campus. This insurance, with monthly premiums averaging between $15 and $30, covers your belongings in the event of damage, theft, or destruction. Liability insurance also provides coverage in case someone is injured while on your property. Check to see if your roommates are willing to contribute to a group insurance policy and if the cash value of their personal property is equal to or more than the cost of the insurance. Renters' insurance is a personal choice, one that might be right for you.