A police team whose patch includes Durham University is using Twitter to update students.
Durham police community support officer Philip Raine uses his feed to post details about incidents around the city and advice.
He said he believed a more informal approach was helping to build links with the students.
Durham Student Union president Sam Roseveare said it helped to raise the police's profile among students.
Recent tweets have included: "Just caught 2 students on The Bailey with traffic signs. The first freshers we have found that have been 'men at work.'"
Another read: "Only one uni related complaint tonight, all because one student thought he'd audition for X Factor in the street nr the viaduct at 3am."
Other posts give students advice about crime prevention.
Mr Raine said the main reason was to get more information out to students.
He said: "I thought if I try to do it maybe on a little more informal basis I think people might respond a little bit better to it."
He said he had had a good response so far.
Mr Roseveare said: "The fact that Phil is out there so often, that they can see him on social media sites and see him around the city as well is really helpful."