Missoula is a friendly city, with many people who will answer your questions and help you enjoy your stay. But no city is entirely free from crime, so we urge to be smart and stay safe by following a few simple guidelines:
- Take your phones everywhere you go so you can call for help if you need to.
- Travel in groups so that you can help one another.
- Let others know where you are going.
- Don’t accept rides from people you don’t know.
- If homeless persons ask you for money, tell them you are sorry but cannot help.
- If you feel threatened, please report any incident to Professors Dennis Swibold and Clem Work. In emergency situations, dial 9-1-1 for assistance from Missoula police and ambulance services. Be sure to tell them your location. For problems on campus, you can campus police at 406-243-4000.
- Call this number if you want someone to escort you across campus after dark.
Most people live in Montana because they enjoy the outdoors where we can enjoy the views and the abundant wildlife. If you decide to go on a hike, be sure to get a map of where you are going, and please let others know where you will be and when you plan to return.
We encourage you to wear suitable clothes and protect yourself from weather, which can change quickly. Sunscreen can prevent sunburn, which can happen quickly at this altitude. Layers of clothing and a water bottle are always good to take along.
Missoula’s wildlife are fun to watch. Deer and squirrels are plentiful on campus. In the hills surrounding the city you may see gophers, foxes coyotes and racoons. On rare occasions, a moose, bear or mountain lion will wander close to town. In all such encounters, remember that these are wild animals. Don’t feed them or approach them. Just stay out of their way and enjoy the view.