Many of you will soon be heading home for the holidays, so make sure you talk to the people you live with to make sure your home is safe and that your bins will be emptied!
If you know anyone who is staying in the area for the holidays, let them know there are lots of ways to meet other students who are also staying local and there are lots of things you can do together.
Keep your home safe
We've been in touch with your friendly Neighbourhood Policing Team who have shared their advice to keep your home and valuables safe whilst you are away.
- Make sure the last person to leave home locks the door and checks all the windows are closed and locked
- Set an alarm if one is installed
- If you have a shed, secure it - don't leave easy access to things like ladders or tools
- Lock up your bike, even if it's in a shed or the house
- Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property - if possible ask them to use your drive way to park their car to make it appear as if someone is home
- Use timer switches on indoor and outdoor lights
- Take valuables with you - or keep them out of sight.
Over Christmas and New Year bin collection dates in the area will differ to usual. The council has confirmed there will be no household waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25 & 26 December, and 1 January) Instead, alternative catch-up collections will be scheduled to run from Saturday 21 December to Saturday 4 January, which might mean your collections may be earlier or later than expected. Find out more on the council website so you can make sure your rubbish and recycling doesn't mount up whilst you're away.
What's open at BU
Many of our services are closed during the holidays, however some areas of the campus, such as Open Access Centres and the Faith & Reflection services will remain accessible. Read more about what's open and when, who to contact in an emergency and what support services are available if you need someone to talk to or you feel unwell.
Be weather ready
During December and January temperatures are typically low and there's usually some rain and occasionally some snow! Wearing layers is a good way to manage temperature changes, and getting some practical boots or wellies will keep you dry - check out the Met Office's #WeatherReady campaign for more tips and advice.
Make sure you know who to contact if you have any issues with your boiler, heating or plumbing. If it snows ahead of the start of term check @bournemouthuni on Twitter or call the BU Information Line on +44 (0) 1202 968999 for updates, but the campus will remain open unless you're advised otherwise.