Ultimate Student Christmas Checklist

Another term down, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the festive period. Yes, Christmas is only a few weeks away and it’s time to get in to the spirit of all things red, gold and glittery!

While you may be about to feast on all the festive foods you can get your hands on, drink a cocktail or two and catch up with friends and family; there are a few things you need to do before you can enjoy the festivities!

We’ve created a guide of the things you will want to complete, before you embark on your journey home.

Book Travel

Train travel is notoriously expensive; and even more so at Christmas. If you’re one of the savvy ones who booked your travel far in advance, then lucky you! If you can, then try to be flexible on the route, time and date of travel; this can help to reduce the cost. Make sure you use your 16 – 25 rail card too for a third of rail fares.

Buses can sometimes be cheaper than trains. However, it’s worth noting that journey times are often longer. If you’re lucky enough to have your car with you at university, then always plan in extra journey time, as roads will be a lot busier than normal around peak times.

Christmas Soiree

Before you travel home, it’s always nice to have a pre-Christmas celebration with your flatmates. If you don’t want to cook a full festive dinner (although it could be a fun!), then you could grab some party food and create some festive cocktails.

If you’re doing secret Santa, then make sure you all stick to a budget. It’s always #awkward when you put a lot of time and effort into getting a great present, and you’re left with something naff. You could always set a £1 budget – then you’d have to get extremely creative!

Finish Uni Work

The end is almost in sight – but it’s time to tie up those loose ends! Uni work may not be your priority as you get ready for all the festivities, but you’ll end up kicking yourself if you have to do it between Christmas and New Year – ain’t nobody got time for that!

Don’t forget to return any library books you have either, the last thing you want to return back to university to find is an overdue payment letter.

Tidy Up

The post-Christmas period isn’t known for being a particularly joyful time, but coming back to a clean and tidy room and flat can make a big difference. Returning in January to find mouldy bins, washing up to do and a messy room will be the last thing you want. Set yourself a timer and see how long it take you to do a quick tidy-up – you may be surprised how quick it is!

Empty the Fridge

Whatever you do, don’t forget to empty the fridge! The fridge can be a source of contention among housemates at the best of times, and even more so when there’s an inexcusable stench and mould coming from the fridge!

Cheesy Christmas Photos

Family Christmas photos are known for being cheesy affairs, and while you could make yours a sophisticated shoot – where’s the fun in that?! Take a look at this article for some Christmas photo inspiration; get as creative as you can, the more fun you have the better the end result will be!

Buy Gifts

Set yourself a strict budget when it comes to buying gifts for family and friends; remember that everyone will simply be happy to have you home, so don’t go overboard. Even if you set a budget of £10 or £20 per person, there’re plenty of things you can buy. Candles, photos (from your family photoshoot!), books and hot chocolate sets are all things you can buy relatively cheap.

Finally, after you’ve completed the checklist it’s time to truly get stuck into the celebrations and enjoy Christmas!

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Emily Jarvis

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