Research from student accommodation provider, Campus Living Villages, found that a third of students (33%) plan to remain in their halls over the holidays due to academic requirements such as placements and deadlines. Other reasons not to leave include it costing too much to travel to their home abroad (16%), and living too far away in the UK to travel home as it takes too long (9%).
Some students are staying put for more positive reasons. Almost one in five (18%) say they want to spend the holidays exploring their city/town, and one in eight (13%) want to spend the holidays with friends from university.
However, the research suggests many of these students may be lonely at Christmas, with almost two fifths (37%) saying they don’t have friends staying in their halls or the city over the holidays.
With so many students, both international and domestic, planning to stay in their halls of residence over the holidays, it’s vital the whole of the university sector does as much as possible to provide opportunities for fun for those not heading home over the festive period
Whether remaining at university or heading home, the majority of students plan to spend the holidays studying. More than two thirds (68%) say they will be doing university work, while 12% plan to do work experience. However, it’s not all work and no play – other popular pastimes include attending events like the Christmas markets or ice skating around their city or town (38%), shopping at the Boxing Day sales (28%) and volunteering (8%).
Richard Gabelich, UK CEO at Campus Living Villages, said: “With so many students, both international and domestic, planning to stay in their halls of residence over the holidays, it’s vital the whole of the university sector does as much as possible to provide opportunities for fun for those not heading home over the festive period.
“At Campus Living Villages we provide social events at many of our UK locations throughout the academic year through our Village Life programme. Christmas and the New Year period is no exception, with many of our residents, who have decided to stay within our villages for various personal reasons, planning to attend.
“Village Life is about more than just free food and movie marathons. Our village teams are on-hand to provide advice on a range of problems, from financial worries to what to do when feeling a little homesick, plus signposting them to the relevant university support services.”