Remaining on campus over Easter: A Student Survival Guide

29 Mar 2017

If you find yourself staying on campus over the Easter break, it can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you have the free time to try some new, fun activities and to get caught up on those nagging tasks you’ve been putting off, but it can also be a bit of a lonely experience at times…in which case, have a read through our Easter Survival Guide to help you get the best of both worlds!

 

University Vacation Arrangements

Your first port of call should be to find out what arrangements your university has made for students remaining on campus over Easter. As a minimum, there should be an easily accessible list on the university website of the opening times and contact numbers of essential services and support, as well as transport options (e.g. the University of Surrey’s campus service list). Some universities go so far as to create a whole programme of events for students, such as this guide from the University of York that includes movie nights, egg decorating, communal sports etc. You may discover a new hobby or make a friend.

 

Friendship

Speaking of friends, in addition to attending any socialising opportunities arranged by your university, you can create your own. This could be as simple as knocking on a few doors – if you are living in student halls – to find out who else is staying at the university for the Easter break. Invite them over for a cup of tea or a film night; they will probably be very grateful for the offer of some company! Another option is to utilise websites like Meetup.com that are free to join and allow you to arrange days or nights out with people in your local area, based around shared interests such as vegan cooking, sci-fi films, photography or walking, to name just a few examples. It’s also important to keep in touch with friends and family through phone and video calls, social media, emails or even a good old-fashioned handwritten letter! Make sure to reach out to someone if you are feeling lonely.

 

Get Cooking!

As the saying goes, food is good for the soul. Now is the perfect time to get making some Easter-themed treats, which you can share with students in your halls, or take them along to an event or meet up; it’s the perfect conversation starter! The vacation also gives you the opportunity to try some more adventurous recipies that you are too busy to make during term time – check out some budget cooking blogs such as Thrifty Lesley or Frugal Queen to get the most out of your money.

 

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