Safety at York – How to Be Prepared for the Year Ahead

Posted by Megan on July 17, 2014

Journey to the Centre of York

Safety is a topic that a lot of new students ask questions about. I’m hoping that this article will highlight all the great resources that York currently offers so that students and their families feel well prepared for the year ahead.

Security Facts

An image of two security officers.
Some Security officers.

The first place we need to start is with the facts. Taken from the Safety and Security Fact sheet which was recently updated in March 2014:

An image of the security facts. Click the link above to read them.


Safety Resources

Mobile App

A screenshot of the Safety App.
A screenshot of the Safety App.

York has a great Safety Mobile App available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. It includes the following features:

  • Emergency alarm
  • Direct call to York Security
  • Emergency contacts
  • Tool box containing a flash light, direct links to email or send a picture to security, report any light outages, call maintenance, or access York’s directory
  • Campus maps
  • Direct access to goSafe, campus shuttle information, and Van Go
  • Counselling and support information
  • Options to go to the SaferTogether website, and push notification – meaning if something happens on campus, your phone will notify you

Campus Shuttles

An image of a campus shuttle in the village.
On of the shuttles working in the Village.

For those of you living in the Village or at Glendon, York has a free shuttle service! All of the routes and schedules are available on the safety website, however I will also post them here for your convenience.

Village Shuttle Routes

Village Shuttle Schedule

Glendon Shuttle Schedule – currently reflects the summer schedule, check this website in the Fall 🙂


An image of two goSAFE members walking a student to class.
Note: you can also request a female member to come if you feel more comfortable with that.

Have a night class and worried about walking to your car or the bus? goSAFE are student volunteers who will escort you from any on-campus location to any other on-campus location.

They are currently working 8pm-2am, however once school starts they will increase their hours to start at 6pm.

They can be reached by calling 416 736 554 or extension 55454, any on-campus payphone (for free), any blue light emergency phone and asking for goSAFE, any on-campus Safety Phone and pushing the goSafe button, and lastly the Safety App by pushing the goSafe button.

They generally can get to you within ten minutes of calling but you can also call in advance if you are worried about waiting.


A number of other resources are available on the Safety Resources page, so I highly encourage you to at least scan the page and note any services that might be beneficial to you.


Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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    Hey Megan,

    you seem very involved in the campus community. I would love to connect and chat about the campus life at York University. I would love to share some things with you.

    Email me back, thanks

    Tedy Tadi
    Co-Founder at Campusgrids