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Finding Home in Cardiff: A Guide for Students Celebrating Christmas Alone

18 December 2023
Photo by Andy Watkins on Unsplash
Photo by Andy Watkins on Unsplash

The holiday season is often synonymous with warmth, joy, and togetherness. However, for students celebrating Christmas away from home, it can be a challenging and lonely experience. Let’s explore ways to cope with being away and discover the unique Christmas offerings Cardiff has for students.

1. Create a Home Away from Home:
Transform your living space into a festive haven. Decorate your room with lights, ornaments, and a small Christmas tree. Consider reaching out to fellow students who might also be spending the holidays alone and organising a small gathering to share traditions and make the atmosphere feel more like home.

2. Connect Virtually with Loved Ones:
Thanks to technology, the distance between you and your loved ones can feel a little smaller. Schedule video calls, share holiday stories, and virtually participate in family traditions. You can incorporate board games and festive activities in your routine. While it might not replace physical presence, it can bring a sense of closeness during the festive season.

3. Explore Cardiff’s Festive Offerings:
Cardiff offers a variety of Christmas activities and events. Visit Christmas markets, and ice rinks, and attend festive concerts. Cardiff has been beautifully decorated for Christmas and you seriously won’t be disappointed with the offerings. Immerse yourself in the local culture, try traditional Welsh treats (welsh cakes), and explore the city’s beautiful decorations. Bute Park has an amazing light trail which looks amazing for some Christmas photos.

Photo by Andy Watkins on Unsplash
Photo by Callum Blacoe on Unsplash

Engaging in these activities can help shift the focus from homesickness to the unique experiences Cardiff has to offer.

4. Look out for society events:
Many societies have events planned for Christmas. Joining these can provide an opportunity to meet new people, share experiences, and create a support network. Remember you might get someone there who is also celebrating the festive season alone.

Celebrating Christmas away from home can be challenging, but with a positive mindset and a proactive approach, international students in Cardiff can turn it into a memorable and enriching experience. Embrace the diversity around you, create a festive atmosphere in your living space, connect with loved ones virtually, explore Cardiff’s offerings, and engage with society activities. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are many ways to make this holiday season special, even when far from home.