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10 things to do during the Christmas break

Don’t be a lonely snowman this Christmas, Victoria, Student Intern shares some great tips for things to do …


Being away from home during holiday season is always hard, especially when you step outside and you realise Cathays is completely deserted! However, just because student life stops for a few weeks, it doesn’t mean you have nothing to do in a large city like Cardiff.

Here are some tips of things you can do to feel less lonely and make good use of your spare time! 

1. Eat well and cook

I always try to eat as healthy as possible, however during term time I am usually too busy. During the Christmas break go to Cardiff Market and buy fresh groceries – it will make a massive difference! Also, try cooking yourself: google some festive recipes and read our blog for more ideas Easy Eats: 5 Vegan Varieties  Easy eats for students: Around the world in 5 rice dishes  6 Ways to save money on food . Settle down with your delicious delights and watch a festive film.


2. Spend time outside

Wrap up warm and get yourself out in the fresh air and enjoy the frosty delights of winter, try to be outside as much as you can! You can go for a walk, a jog or sit with a hot cuppa and enjoy. Remember you don’t need to go far to appreciate nature, Roath and Bute Park are just around the corner!  Find out more about parks and activities in Cardiff from Cardiff City Council.


3. Do exercise!

Nothing will make you feel as active and productive as working out. Try to have a weekly target this will help you have some structure and plan.  Find out more about Cardiff University Sport & Exercise and what’s available – try a new class and help burn off any excess calories from festive treats!


4. Try a new hobby

Now that you’ll have more free time, why not go around doing something you have not had time to do? You could learn a new language, improve your baking skills or even start sewing. Remember you don’t need to spend much money on this, there are plenty of online courses and YouTube tutorials that can help, the sky is your limit! Read our other 12 days of Christmas blogs for inspiration, especially DIY gifts for Christmas.


5. Treat yourself

If you have your student house to yourself, why not indulge in some ‘me’ time? Read that book you’ve been putting aside, catch up with your favourite series or play your favourite music as loud as you want, after all you deserve it!


6. Catch up with work

Over the holidays you’ll have a lot of free time, also as many of your friends won’t be around you’ll have less distractions, so why not prepare ahead and catch up with uni work? This will mean less stress and more free time once the term (and exams for some!) starts again in January!


7. Socialise

During the Christmas recess many students do not go home, so why not meet up with your friends staying in Cardiff? Keeping each other company will make loneliness better. See what’s on at the Students’ Union  there’s plenty with Christmas Carols, Film Screenings, Charity Santa Dash, live music and more. You can also use Social Media @studentlifecu  @cardiffuni  @Cardiffstudents  @cardiffuniinter  @cardiffchaplain   or course specific accounts to make contact with other Cardiff students via groups, clubs and societies or friends of friends.


Don’t miss Cardiff University’s Carol Concerts

International Christmas carol sing-along and mulled wine reception – 6 December, 16:30-18:30, School of Music Concert Hall. The International Christmas Carol Sing-Along is a multi-lingual celebration of the festive season in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Welsh and Latin (and potentially more). Find out more and book your place at the international Christmas carol sing-along and mulled wine reception.

Carols around the Christmas tree – 12 December, 12.30pm, VJ Gallery, Main Building. Find out more about Carols around the Christmas tree.


8. Go to new places

For some reason, we always end up going to the same places and hanging out with the same people. However, trying different places can be a revealing experience. Read our other 12 days of Christmas blogs for inspiration and watch our video: Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget


9. Discover Wales

So you’ve been living in Cardiff for some time now, but do you actually know Wales? There are so many tourist attractions to visit in Cardiff and Wales, especially in the Spring weather. Have a look at Visit Wales website and plan something! Watch our video: Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget


10. Think about the future

Spring is around the corner and Summer not far behind it, so why not start planning it? Now it is the time to arrange a trip to Careers & Employability, to start applying for an internship or work experience placement for the Summer months. If you are in your final year and you still don’t know what you’ll be doing after graduation, why not start planning and researching possible graduate schemes, internships or even start job seeking? Remember if you need any help, you can contact Careers and Employability and book an appointment!

Read our Careers & Employability Blog Posts for inspiration.


If you feel homesick this Christmas, you are not alone, please read our blog: Are you experiencing homesickness? Here are some tips…


I hope you have a lovely break and make good use of your time!


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Best wishes

Victoria, Student Intern


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