Things to do during lockdown and beyond
Just because things are a bit different right now, it doesn't mean they have to be boring! All it requires is a little re-orientation in the way we go about them. Here are some ideas of things you and your flatmates can do to keep you engaged and entertained.
Have any other ideas you'd like to share? Let us know and we can add them to this list.
Catch up on your cultural backlog
Now's a great time to catch up on that backlog of things you've been meaning to watch, read, listen to or do.
There are a lot of places where you can soak up some culture online, whether it's getting stuck into that series your friends keep telling you to see, watching the footie with your mates, diving into some highbrow film viewing or just having a laugh with your flatmates.
Have a film night with your friends online using Netflix party
Online theatre - here's an example of The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Zoom
Watch music documentaries on the Doc' n Roll Festival online
Catch up on the footie with Sky Sports
Watch a University public lecture
Tune into University Radio York
Create a playlist to listen to with friends on Spotify
Have a classic album listening night: join in with Tim's Twitter Listening Party
Find some new podcasts to listen to
Enjoy some classical music with York Concerts Online
Jack and the team at Album Soc, and Liam Daly, (Head of Music at URY) have curated four lockdown listening playlists for you to enjoy:
1. Friday night (weekend tunes)
Solve an online escape room with your friends
Turn a film watching or music listening event into a game of online bingo with your friends using My Free Bingo Cards
Take a virtual museum tour
Learn something new
Why not put that extra time indoors to productive use and try out learning a new language or skill?
Learn a language
There are some great language learning apps that you can use to get a taste for new languages and progress with ones you're currently learning
Already know a language? Sign up to Intercultural Peer Assisted Learning (IPAL) to learn about and discuss cultural topics and current issues
Try a new skill or develop your interests
Join in on International conversation afternoons
Take online classes with Skill Share
Learn a new musical instrument with an MA Music Education student
Not sure what to learn? How about sign language, cocktail mixing, coding or how to teach English as a foreign language? The world's your oyster.
Check out volunteering opportunities
Sign up as an SSO Ambassador to help raise awareness on sustainability
If you didn't have time beforehand to get creative in the kitchen, now's the time to feast.
Host a themed evening: Bring come dine with me to your student accommodation and have a themed meal where everyone in your household is responsible for bringing a different dish
Have a bake off challenge: If there's one thing the world needs more of, it's cake. Whether it's an expertly piped masterpiece or a badly executed brownie, baking with your housemates can be a laugh... and you get cake at the end
Order a takeaway: Let the cooking be done for you. Have a takeaway night, either from one of the many restaurants in town, or one of the ones on campus
Spend time with your housemates
Let's face it, you're going to be spending a lot of time with them, so here's some more ideas to help make the best of it.
Stage a Taskmaster evening with your household
Have a board game night
Sing your heart out with online karaoke
Order face masks (the fun kind) and have a spa day in your kitchen
Explore Yorkshire together through online virtual tours
Have an idea you want to bring to life?
Have an idea for your own activity or event? Your College Manager may be able to help. From logistical support, to spreading the word, or simply someone to bounce ideas off, get in touch to see how your college can support your ideas for making life more interesting. Contact email@example.com and a member of your college team will be in touch.
Need someone to speak to?
Whether you have a simple question you’re not quite sure about, or there's something on your mind and you’d like to talk it through, remember that there’s always help around the corner. Here are some places you can go to for help or advice: