Going home for Christmas

by Ed Firmin


Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 10:00



So you’re going home for Christmas, excited much? For some of you, it might be the first time that you’re going home since you came to university at the start of term.

Believe it or not, going home can be quite an experience, you will have changed a lot from the last time you were there. You’ll have your own routine, so it might take some getting used to being under your parents’ roof again, having to live within their rules.

You’ll have quite a few weeks over the Christmas period, so it’s wise making the most of it. Think about whether or not to get a job, Christmas is an expensive time of the year, presents, socialising, etc. so a bit of paid employment won’t go amiss. There will be retailers looking for additional staff to deal with Christmas shoppers and New Year sales hunters, Royal Mail or other couriers need help to deliver all the additional packages that come their way, and bars and restaurants need more waiters and bartenders so there will be plenty of options open to you.

Think about how you’re going to get home too, at this time of the year, services on trains and planes can differ, and leaving it to Christmas Eve could be a very unwise move. Tickets are likely to get booked up, and you don’t want to find yourself stuck with no way of getting home. So think about getting your travel sorted soon.

You want to ensure you are leaving your property in good nick, so before you vacate it, put all valuable belongings that you’re leaving behind out of sight, so that it’s not an open invitation to burglars and opportunists.

Then put your heating on at least twice a day, on a low setting, so that the pipes aren’t in danger of becoming frozen and burst. Lock all doors and windows and tell your landlord or letting agent when you will be leaving and returning, so they know when to expect someone to be in the property.

Finally, remember that you may have exams to come back to in January, so remember to put some time aside for study. Try not to leave it all to the last minute, of course, enjoy time with family and friends, but you’ve got work to do as well!

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year, if you want some advice about leaving your property unoccupied for a few weeks, then please get in touch.

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