No Car, No Problem: Let SafeWalk Help Get You Home

Ever heard of the saying, “there’s an app for that”? Well, it’s a saying that certainly rings true for Northwestern students. The NUhelp app is designed to help members of the Northwestern community navigate safety and wellness. Designed completely in-house by Northwestern employees, the app includes several features that are meant to help Northwestern students stay safe and healthy on campus, including Safewalk.

For students who stay out late at night and are worried about walking home alone, you’re not alone. SafeWalk is an accessible option for Northwestern students on the Evanston campus, in addition to calling on SafeRide or using the blue light system. You simply click on the SafeWalk feature in the NUhelp app, drop the little pin to your destination, and select a contact to inform in case you don’t reach your destination in the estimated time. Once you reach your destination, you can turn the text notification off. If you don’t reach your destination for whatever reason, SafeWalk will send a text to your contact with further instructions on trying to reach you and then contacting the police.

You can use SafeWalk once you setup your Profile in the NUhelp app, which is a simple matter of entering your student ID, NetID, and Northwestern email into the app. Additionally, the SafeWalk app doesn’t automatically turn off when you reach your destination. So before you head straight for bed and crash, make sure to turn off the text notification lest you accidentally start an Evanston-wide search.

(Note: SafeWalk will require access to your contacts and notifications. For more information on NUhelp’s disclaimers, visit their disclaimer information page)

For more details on how to use SafeWalk, visit this NUhelp page.

SafeWalk is far from the only benefit that the NUhelp app offers. Keep an eye on our blog for detailed looks at some additional features the app houses!