Montpellier is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through the Languedoc Roussillon Region of France. Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used for staying safe.

            Although petty theft and street crime are not of major concern in Montpellier, they have been known to afflict tourists.  However, by taking certain precautions, one can certainly avoid these problematic situations.  Don’t carry around large amounts of money, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry or looking flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention to one’s self is never a good idea. Try blending into the crowd instead of sticking out. 

            Avoid walking alone at night (especially women). This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Montpellier as well.  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, make sure to remain in lighted areas. Downtown is very safe also by night, usually it's easy to find people around. On the other side, it's better to avoid the neighborhood behind (Sout East) the station and Mosson when it's late night. Also it's better to avoid the last tram (line 1) at night, in particular Tue - Sat. It is safe but you may encounter annoying drunk people.

            There are various water activities offered just outside of the city, and with many of these activities come inherent dangers.However, most of these dangers can be avoided by taking some simple precautions, such as never leaving valuables unattended at the beach, and always wearing a life jacket when on a boat. Visit the American Red Cross website for more useful water safety tips.

            There are no foreign embassies located in Montpellier, but many countries have one located somewhere within France. For location and contact information, visit this Embassies List .