Thousands of university students could be disenfranchised if an election is called for 12 December unless they take steps to avoid it.
That’s because many universities will have closed for Christmas. York, Cambridge and Oxford, for example, close on 6 or 7 December. Others, such as Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan, close on the 13th. And some, such as Sheffield, go on until the 21st.
A student registered to vote only in the ward nearest their university could be back home on election day. Conversely, those registered to vote only at their home address could be still at university.
What, then, is a student to do?
The answer is to register in both places: university and home. Details are here. Students need to be citizen of Britain, the Commonwealth, Irish Republic or a European Union member state although the latter can't vote in UK general elections (thanks to agov for this info*). And it would be unwise to leave it until the last minute.
*UPDATE 28 October 2019: The article has been amended. The earlier article implied EU citizens could vote in UK general elections. They can't. They can only vote in local or EU elections. The register to vote page doesn't make this clear.