Posted November 07, 2014 by

The things students need to do before going home this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, but as a university student there are a few things that you need to consider before you pack your bags and head home to enjoy the festive season.

Below is a list of things that most students need to do before heading ho, ho, home this year.

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Woman typing on keyboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Get your work done early

The build-up to Christmas is not all about Christmas lunch, going out with friends and presents as it is also an extremely busy time for students, with many having to sit exams or hand in essays before they break up for Xmas.

So no matter whether you are studying computer science degree courses or economics degrees, get your work done early. If you know that you have some work to do after Christmas, then at least start it before you head home because no one wants to spend the Christmas holidays writing essays.

Plan and book your route home

If you don’t have a car at university then sort out your route home. If you book train tickets in advance then it will save you quite a bit of money, while booking bus tickets now will also ensure that you get a place.

Clear out the fridge

There is nothing worse than going back home for Christmas and returning to your student accommodation in the New Year to find that the chicken you have left behind is rotting away in the fridge.

Either eat up the food you have left over a couple days before you head home or give it to your friends to eat up. If all else fails, then chuck anything that will go out of date.

Keep your room or house locked up

One of the most important things a student has to remember before heading home is that they have locked up the house or room they are living in.

If you are in shared accommodation then check that all windows and doors are locked and that all your valuables are either taken home with you for Christmas or are locked safely away.

Boxes with gifts tied with red ribbon and bows isolated on white background

Boxes with gifts tied with red ribbon and bows isolated on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Buy some Christmas presents

Quite often students leave buying Christmas presents for their family and friends right up until the last minute, but to save yourself the rush and panic on Christmas Eve, why not do your shopping online before you breakup?

By shopping online you can have your presents delivered to your home in time for the big day, which not only saves you having to rush around the shops at Christmas time, but also means you don’t have to lug back all those presents on your journey back home. Shopping online is also quicker than shopping on the street.

Make a packing list

Going back home for Christmas can often feel like a complete mission as it is difficult to decide what to take and what not to take, which often ends in you taking much more than you need.

This is why creating a packing list before you head home is a great idea, as not only are you less likely to forget something you really need, but when you are returning to university after Christmas you can see what you took in the first place and will not forget anything that you may need for your course.

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