Our survey reveals one in three students will stay at university to work over Christmas

December 21, 2017

Almost three quarters of a million students are likely to remain in their halls of residence over the holidays1, according to new research we’ve carried out in the UK2.

We found that a third of our students who live in our UK villages (33%) plan to remain 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, our 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.

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.”

  1. Universities UK reports that there are 2.28 million students studying at UK higher education institutions: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/facts-and-stats/Pages/higher-education-data.aspx, so a third of this is 760,000 students.
  2. The data in this release is based on a survey of 117 Campus Living Village student residents from across the UK. The survey was conducted online during December, 2017.

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