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A students guide for going home at Christmas

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Chloe Martell

December 16, 2019

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It’s that time of year for students up and down the country to leave their Uni flats for a few weeks and head home to mum’s home cooking, family reunions and games of monopoly that’ll last up until the new year. And whilst we all see Christmas as a relaxing time, there’s actually so much to fit in when you’re home for the holidays. To help – we’ve asked students, from North to South, what they’ll be doing this Christmas and will give you some tips on splitting your time well so you can see everyone and do everything you need, whilst still having some time for yourself!

What are young drivers doing this Christmas?

  • Seeing family – 69%
  • Shopping – 50%
  • Seeing friends – 40%
  • Christmas markets – 30%
  • Christmas light switch on – 14%
  • Winter wonderland – 12%
  • Ice skating – 11%
  • Sight-seeing – 10%

Driving home for Christmas

Before you can even think about the endless mince pies you can consume guilt-free this Christmas, you’ve got to actually get home first! Of course, you can try and lug all of your stuff on the train, but who really wants to do that? The best option is probably to drive – have all of your stuff for Christmas tucked safely into the boot and make a beeline from uni to home! If you don’t have a car of your own, you can borrow your parent’s car with our Student Driver Insurance and be covered to drive yourself home (after they’ve taken the trip to pick you up, of course). They drive one way, and you drive back – winner winner, Christmas turkey dinner.

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Seeing family and friends

Most of you will be spending the holidays seeing friends and family, which is one of the best ways to spend the season! And yes, the novelty of being home for Christmas is likely to soon wear off once your Mum throws some chores your way. But you’ll all have so much to catch up on, make the most of the Christmas holiday by spending quality time with them! Before the big Christmas catch up – here are a few things to keep in mind – just in case you’ve forgotten

  • Your parents are likely to expect a Christmas card, don’t forget to pick one up!
  • Don’t brag about Uni too much – your friends from home and family don’t know the people you’re talking about
  • Are you exchanging gifts with your friends this year? If you are – don’t show up empty-handed
  • Be sure to also plan in days for yourself – everyone needs time on their own to watch Christmas films and drink copious amounts of hot chocolate!

Plan out your days

With so much to do and such little time, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan for each day on what you’re doing and where you’re going and try your best to stick to it. Not only that – but you need to think about how you’re getting there! Unlike your Uni town, you may not have the luxury of everything and everyone being on your doorstep. If you’re at a loose end, but have loads of plans to fit in, short term insurance on your parent’s car is probably going to be the difference between having the time of your life this Christmas or being stuck indoors! Get your Student Driver Insurance sorted now and you’ll be set to do whatever you like when you get home for Christmas.

Christmas markets and shopping

Surely going to Christmas markets is one of the best bits about Christmas, right? If you’re wondering where to go this Christmas – check out our guide of weird and wonderful places to head this Christmas! There’s everything from the best festive places to be, to merry hideaways you’ll love!

Before packing up, make sure you also check out our guide on the expectations vs reality of coming home for the Christmas holidays!

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Make sure you pick up short term cover to get you behind the wheel when you're back from uni!

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By Chloe Martell

'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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