Learning how to budget your finances is rule number one when you go to university. Any other year, you’d be partying hard, boozing down the pub and struggling to keep a firm grip on your outgoings. But this is no ordinary year – and we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic.
In one way, the coronavirus crisis has allowed students to save money that would otherwise be spent on taxis, drinks and entry into nightclubs, but undergraduates are in dire need of something to do (when they aren’t studying, of course!).
The good news is there is plenty of fun, yet affordable, things you can do whilst stuck indoors at your student accommodation in Ormskirk. And here we list just a few of them:
- Do some baking
You know it’s winter when it’s minus something degrees outside, it’s dark by 5 o’clock and you’re tucking into sugary treats – guilt-free! Whether it be banana bread, chocolate brownies or a slice of Victoria sponge, you’ll find loads of easy to follow recipes online and, best of all, you should be able to purchase all the ingredients you need at the local supermarket – without spending a fortune.
So, if you’re partial to something sweet, now is the perfect time to practice your baking skills and get them up to scratch.
- Organise a games night
The best thing about sharing a house with other students at university is that there is always someone to talk to. Though you might not share the same interests, you’re all going to be spending a lot of time in each other’s company – under the same roof.
Why not ask around and see if anyone brought any board/card games with them to their student accommodation? You could even have a virtual games night on Zoom for friends who don’t live with you.
- Learn a new skill
The chances are you’ve exhausted Netflix and binge-watched your favourite TV shows twice over. Perhaps you’re ready to do something more stimulating? It could be anything from learning how to play an instrument or another language or applying for a first aid course.
These are all things you can do whilst studying for your degree – either in your free time on an evening or at the weekend.
- Stick to a workout routine
Yep, the gyms and leisure centres are shut for lockdown and running in the rain is no fun, but what’s stopping you from working out at your student accommodation? Even if it’s joining in with one of Joe Wicks’ (The Body Coach) online PE lessons!
You don’t need too much equipment to do a home workout – usually just an exercise mat and maybe a can of beans if you left your dumbbells at home. So you’ve no excuse!
- Secure a room at McComb Students
One of the easiest ways to cure boredom throughout the winter months is to choose your student accommodation wisely. Ideally, you want a room that is fully furnished with all the basic amenities that will make ‘staying in’ that little bit easier. McComb Students provide luxury student accommodation in Ormskirk at a price students can afford. All of their rooms come with a large ¾ or double bed, a flat-screen TV, wardrobe, bedside table and mini-fridge as standard. And guess what? There are no costly estate agent fees and all utilities are included. So, if you’re a student (or planning to study) at Edge Hill University and not staying with McComb Students already, be sure to book a viewing today.
By Dan Kihato