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.

Watch


Listen

2. Throwback (classic tracks from the past)

3. New music (a selection of some of the newest artists around)

4. Chill out (relax and unwind)

Do

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

Try a new skill or develop your interests

Get foodie

If you didn't have time beforehand to get creative in the kitchen, now's the time to feast.

  • Learn to cook: Expand your repertoire of recipes or try creating something new with a flatmate. You can find lots of inspiration online, including our TikTok and @caughtsnackin

  • 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

  • Go on a guided walk around campus or the local countryside

  • Hold a gaming tournament - whether that's jumping on the Among Us and Fall Guys band wagon, or bringing out some old retro classics and laughing at how hard (or not) they still are (or aren't)

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 colleges-management@york.ac.uk 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: