While it might seem like we just talked about how to prepare for Thanksgiving break, it is already time for you to start thinking about winter break — especially being that some of you only have two more weeks of school ahead of you. As a CSU off-campus housing provider, we see both breaks as important to plan for, but for winter break, it is even more important to plan long-term.

Winter break is over a month long, and we have a feeling that some of you will be gone for the entirety of the break, making it even more important to plan ahead. In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of the ways that you can plan for a smooth winter break — both at home and at your empty CSU off-campus apartments.

Create The Illusion That Someone Is Home

While we live in a rather nice neighborhood, being that we are a block south of campus, it is unlikely that anyone would ever try to break into your home, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. One of the best ways to deter someone from breaking into your home is to make them think that you never left, and what better way is there to do so than to leave a light on.

You are probably thinking, “But your blogs always tell us to be mindful of utility?” and you are right to think that — because, after all, we do bring that up a lot. Rather than wasting energy and leaving a light on for a month, consider getting an outlet timer and scheduling a lamp to turn on for a couple hours every night once it gets dark outside.

Think About Your Car

A lot of Colorado State University students are from out of state, meaning that when you go home you usually have to leave your car behind while you fly. While you could park your car at the airport and spend $280 dollars on parking at Denver International Airport’s Pikes Peak Lot (yes we did the math), some people end up taking the shuttle.

While we commend those that take the shuttle, it can feel a little scary leaving your car in a parking lot for five weeks. But there are things that you can do to ensure that your car is safer. Consider parking it under a street lamp or near the front office so that people don’t feel comfortable taking a peek inside!

Recruit A Neighbor To Keep Watch

Being that we are more than just CSU off-campus apartments and plenty of non-students live at The Landmark Apartments, consider asking a neighbor that is not going home for the break to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around your apartment.

Have A Great Break!

If you are leaving us for the winter break season, we wish you happy holidays and hope that you have fun visiting your hometown. If you have any questions for us before you leave for winter break, please do not hesitate to contact us, or stop by the front office to ask! We will see you in a couple of weeks!