5 things you need to know before you go home for the holidays

If you’re heading back home for the holidays, then here’s a few things for you to consider. Hopefully they should help you out at the end of the year!  

Take home what you haven't used

Everyone does it, when you were packing to head to University you brought everything and the kitchen sink – just in case. But if you’re now finding that you have a load of stuff you’ve never even unpacked, see if you can take it back with you when you’re heading home for the holidays. You’ll have more than enough to pack up at the end of the year, so you’ll appreciate having got rid of what you don’t need early! 

Give your unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation (or other charity)

If you’re looking round your room and realise there’s some things you just don’t need any more, why not donate it to the British Heart Foundation? Most halls have a donation bank outside them, but if yours doesn’t, or you don’t live in halls, then feel free to drop your donations off at one of the banks on campus – such as by Charles Morris, or outside of Henry Price. Not only will you lose a bit of clutter, but you’ll be helping out a great cause too. 

Just remember that the British Heart Foundation can’t accept duvets, pillows, broken or dirty items, knives, hangers, food, bikes or helmets. 

Donate non-perishable food to Holbeck Elderly Aid

Help spread some goodwill and donate any non-perishable food items to Holbeck Elderly Aid to help those in need. Whether it’s something that’s been sat in your cupboard all term, or if you just want to pick up an extra item or two at the shops it really makes a difference to the people the charity supports. Most halls have a donation point in the site office, or you can donate in the Student Services Centre, level 9, in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building

Some examples of possible donations include staples like lentils, pasta, rice or sugar, tinned goods like soup or baked beans, unopened tea, coffee or hot chocolate, packets of biscuits or crackers, boxes of cereal or jars of jam and honey. 

Just make sure you get your donations in by midday on Friday 13 December, when they will be passed on to the charity. 

Keep yourself and your property safe

Looking after yourself and staying safe is important at all times, but if you're in Leeds over the holiday, and your friends have left, then it's important to be extra vigilant. Here's some tips on staying safe

Make sure you close your windows and lock your doors when you’re heading off, and if there’s any valuables that you’re not taking with you then make sure they’re stored safely out of sight. It only takes a few moments to make your place safe and secure so there’s no reason not to. Got a light timer plug? They're pretty cheap to get and can make it look like your house is not empty. 

Keep any boxes for new electrical appliances at home when you return to Leeds - it's easy for anyone interested to see packaging for laptops and televisions outside your house. 

If you want any more tips on security and safety, have a look at this guide from the Security Service.  

Have a sustainable Christmas

We tend to produce a lot of waste over the Christmas period, but there’s a few easy things you can do if you want to be a bit more sustainable this year. One of our students has helpfully put together this easy checklist for you to follow – it’s got some great tips on eco-friendly gift ideas and reducing waste. 

Don't forget to shut down any electrical appliances, and if you've got control over your heating, think about keeping it very low.  

If you want to find out more about sustainability and how to get involved at Leeds, then check out the Sustainability Service’s website

Have a great break, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!