Uni students: How long do you go home for Christmas?

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    Hello fellow students, so I am a fresher at university and I am simply baffled at the fast speed it is currently passing at. I was looking at my timetable and my university finishes on the 10th of December for over a month (return around 13th Jan).
    Now since this is my first year at uni, I am not sure how it works in terms of holidays.
    I would imagine that students go home for Christmas and boxing day, but do they usually go home for the full duration of the holidays? or do they come back to uni to party more with friends?
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    It depends on your uni timetable. Most unis have a study leave once your last week of teaching finishes. This usually runs until your next semester classes begins. Students who live in halls tend to go home during this period. Do check with your course leader though.
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    Depends how far the travel is between uni and home too. My best friend used to stay at uni until after mad Friday, do a sort-of Christmas do with flat mates (full dinner, presents etc.) come home for Christmas with family then maybe pop back to uni a week before starting again to party with Uni friends.
    Others who lived closer just got the train/drove back and forth to spend time with family and university friends.
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    Most people will go for the full duration less a couple of days, and then a small fraction will go home for a few days to a week before heading straight back to study.
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    Most 1st years go back home for the full holiday. 2nd/3rd years tend to go back home for a lot less, maybe a week or two. If you have work to catch up on/ exams to revise for then it's a really goo idea to come back a week or so early to have no distractions - the campus will be quiet and it's a great time to study. The parties won't really start until term officially starts because the local bars/clubs don't run as many events out of term time.
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    As others have said, it depends on your timetable, as well as your course. I'm doing Adult Nursing, so won't finish until about 19 Dec due to my placement and have to be back on 2 Jan to continue it. So I'd probably go home for the whole two weeks, and for any other leave I have, simply because the variety and length of shifts I'd have to do on placement would mean that I can't go home as often as I'd like.

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    go home for ages, break up 16 december back 7th february, excluding days i will need to travel up for exams.
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    All 4 years I was at uni almost all the British students I knew went home for the whole holidays.
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    I always went home for whole of Christmas break, 1st and 2nd year I also spent Easter break at home. Third year I spent a few day's at home but mostly at university due to dissertation.


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    (Original post by billy_k)
    Hello fellow students, so I am a fresher at university and I am simply baffled at the fast speed it is currently passing at. I was looking at my timetable and my university finishes on the 10th of December for over a month (return around 13th Jan).
    Now since this is my first year at uni, I am not sure how it works in terms of holidays.
    I would imagine that students go home for Christmas and boxing day, but do they usually go home for the full duration of the holidays? or do they come back to uni to party more with friends?
    That Christmas break was the same for me at Birmingham. I would go home on the Saturday straight after term finished and come back about 3 days before the January term started.

    Easter was completely different - it was a month holiday but I only went home for two weeks as a lot of friends stuck around uni
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    I went home for Christmas last year for 3 and a half weeks, and zomg, it was the longest 3 and a half weeks ever. Turns out that a week home does me ok.
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    (Original post by billy_k)
    Hello fellow students, so I am a fresher at university and I am simply baffled at the fast speed it is currently passing at. I was looking at my timetable and my university finishes on the 10th of December for over a month (return around 13th Jan).
    Now since this is my first year at uni, I am not sure how it works in terms of holidays.
    I would imagine that students go home for Christmas and boxing day, but do they usually go home for the full duration of the holidays? or do they come back to uni to party more with friends?
    Hello,

    It depends on the student really! In my First Year I went home for the entire of the holidays and came back about a week before I was meant to start lectures where as in Second Year I only went home for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the day after and then was back at university in my student house - after all, I was paying for it and made no sense to leave it vacant, plus I had work and other commitments to focus on! However, some students love having the time at home and coming back to university at the last minute!

    Good luck
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    Generally the halls chuck you out as they either shut down or use them for conferences
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    It depends on the uni and what you plan to do with the time really.

    My accommodation kicks me out in the holidays (I chose to pay just for term-time-only rent) so I always go home for the full holidays. I find that I generally study better at home (less distractions) and there's no-one else around campus during the holidays so it would be rather boring.

    However, if you're staying with a group of friends in a house or something and have accommodation the whole time, then there is the option to spend longer at uni, e.g. if:
    - You want to party and socialise during that time
    - You want access to the library/ department for studying
    - You have a part-time job in your uni town and can't/ don't want to leave it for a whole month

    It's probably a good idea to talk to your friends and other students at uni to see what they're planning on doing as well as investigating what uni facilities are going to be open - it would be rather boring to stay at uni all Christmas if there's no-one else there, and pretty pointless if your uni library closes over the holidays.
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    My study leave is from December 16th to January 6th - I'm going to be leaving the next day and heading back to uni on January 3rd.
    Most of my flatmates are going home for at least a week as well.
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    (Original post by Rose M.)
    Most 1st years go back home for the full holiday. 2nd/3rd years tend to go back home for a lot less, maybe a week or two. If you have work to catch up on/ exams to revise for then it's a really goo idea to come back a week or so early to have no distractions - the campus will be quiet and it's a great time to study. The parties won't really start until term officially starts because the local bars/clubs don't run as many events out of term time.
    Really? I would assume that they do Christmas and New Years parties etc..
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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    It depends on the uni and what you plan to do with the time really.

    My accommodation kicks me out in the holidays (I chose to pay just for term-time-only rent) so I always go home for the full holidays. I find that I generally study better at home (less distractions) and there's no-one else around campus during the holidays so it would be rather boring.

    However, if you're staying with a group of friends in a house or something and have accommodation the whole time, then there is the option to spend longer at uni, e.g. if:
    - You want to party and socialise during that time
    - You want access to the library/ department for studying
    - You have a part-time job in your uni town and can't/ don't want to leave it for a whole month

    It's probably a good idea to talk to your friends and other students at uni to see what they're planning on doing as well as investigating what uni facilities are going to be open - it would be rather boring to stay at uni all Christmas if there's no-one else there, and pretty pointless if your uni library closes over the holidays.
    I stay in halls, I will ask my flatmates what they are doing but I think a couple of them have got jobs, so I assume they will have to stay
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    All 4 years I was at uni almost all the British students I knew went home for the whole holidays.
    I am assuming you are an international student, did many international students travel back home too?
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    (Original post by billy_k)
    Really? I would assume that they do Christmas and New Years parties etc..
    There aren't many students around, so there's no point. Christmas club events in my town aimed at students, happen in the last week of term.
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    (Original post by billy_k)
    I am assuming you are an international student, did many international students travel back home too?
    No I'm British, tbh I'm not 100% sure what the international students did.
 
 
 
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