What to do during the Summer holidays

Posted in: Student Life, University Life

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Written by Molly Lee (DMU Journalism student)

The stress of university is over until the next academic year – so now what? Yes, you are more than entitled to a lazy few months staying in bed binge-watching Netflix. But there are plenty of productive, fun and some necessary things you can do during the long summer holidays.

Here are some suggestions:

Work Experience

The summer holiday break is a great time to get relevant work experience whether it’s paid or unpaid. Work experience is a good opportunity to put all your learning from university into practice. Not only will you receive invaluable advice, experience and contacts, it will also help develop your confidence in your chosen work sector.

Part-Time Job

Whether you are staying in Leicester or going home, there is plenty of time during the holidays to do some part-time work. This keeps you busy and also earns you money which you can spend during the summer (and for those nights out back at university). Even if the employment is not relevant to your degree, you will still learn key skills such as time-management, communication and experience working in a professional environment with others.

A cheap holiday with your friends

There are plenty of affordable holidays, especially in the UK, which are perfect getaways for you and your friends (either university friends or home friends – maybe both!). It is a great way to unwind from university and enjoy the well-deserved break.

Get stuff ready for your student house next year

Although the next academic year feels ages away, the time will fly by. Personally, what I do, is gradually purchase items over the summer break – this way, you aren’t rushing last-minute and you can also keep an eye out for some items in sale – who doesn’t love a bargain? It might also be useful for you to write a checklist of things you might need, especially if you are moving from student halls to a student house (you will need more than you realise).

Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered – an upcoming blog will be a back to university checklist.

Check if you need to set up bills and move in dates

It’s better to be safe than sorry. So, it is best to check with your letting agency or landlord about what you might need to do before the big move in day. For example, with Sulets, check if your house has bills included or if you need an additional utilities package – you can do this by contacting them by phone on 0116 467 0315 or send an email to enquiries@sulets.com. If you have decided to arrange bills yourself, you should begin looking into providers and quotes.

Another important thing to do is check move in dates with your letting agency. Details such as where & when to collect the  keys. If you are living in a Sulets property next year you can read more about moving in here.

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