Being safe | Managing your epilepsy | Support at university and further education | For young people

Being safe

During Fresher’s week you will be provided with lots of information about being safe as a student. For students with epilepsy there are a few extra things to consider, such as:

  • Avoiding anything that might cause your seizures (seizure triggers).
  • Ensuring you take your medication.
  • Making sure others around you know about your epilepsy and what to do if you have a seizure.

Top Tips

Depending on the type of seizures you have, you may want to consider some of the safety tips below.

  • Take showers rather than baths (recommended for all types of seizure).
  • Cook on the back rings of your hob and make sure pan handles are always pointing away from you. You may be able to get your university or college to provide cooker guards.
  • Think about having a seizure alarm in bed (especially if you have sleep seizures). You can now get wrist-worn alarms as well as bed-based solutions.
  • Consider wearing a medical alert bracelet or something similar.
  • Who should be called in an emergency? Save their number in your mobile phone address book under ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency), e.g. ICE-Dad.


If you’re applying for accommodation through your university or higher education institution, let them know about your epilepsy and also your seizure types. It will help them to select suitable accommodation for you.

“The university was helpful when assigning me accommodation. They made sure I got a big open room with no small spaces to get caught in or hurt yourself if you fell. I also had a big wet room shower.”
Jennifer (23)


Helpline: 01342 831342 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm)
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