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By Simon Thompson
 
     

At last the road map has finally been set out for the end of all the

restrictions that we’ve been living under this past year. If you’ve not

seen it already June 21st has been set as the date when all

COVID_19 restrictions will be lifted. However, as students, it’s hard not

to miss your valuable social life and its easy to dwell on your current

predicament of being under lockdown. Although the restrictions won’t be

eased until April (yes you can finally go to a beer garden), at

accommodation for students, we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help

you make the most of your time as a student.

Be as social as possible while staying socially distanced:

Something of an oxymoron I know, but one of the best ways to embrace

student life is to make sure you’re staying connected with other students.

Although societies can’t meet in the usual form, many societies are still

having virtual meet ups, whether it’s just a coffee morning over zoom, or

whether they plan a quiz, once you start looking you’ll probably find that

there’s plenty of things for you to be joining and taking part in. You may

also find that your school are doing virtual meet ups too, for example my

course has a virtual common room that anyone can join at any time to catch

up with classmates and peers.

You also might want to consider going on a regular socially distanced walk

with a friend, this way you’re catching up with the people you might

usually see day to day and getting your exercise in.

Do as much as possible with your housemates:

Sometimes it’s easy to want to stay in your room all the time, especially

when you’ve not got much reason to leave. Planning things with your

housemates can help give you all the motivation to get up and do something

fun. Maybe you want to plan a night when you can all cook together, or

maybe a quiz or board games night, or even have a party just with the

people you live with. Just because you’ve got to stay inside doesn’t mean

you’ve got to stop partying, it’s just a bit more low-key and only with

your own social bubble.

Use the library:

During the lockdown, many universities have made the decision to keep

library spaces open and allow students to utilise this facility. Using the

library on a regular basis, even for just a few hours, can help you to feel

like you’re living your usual life. It can also help to create some

separation between your house and the spaces where you study. It’s also a

great way to get you up and out of the house and to add some structure to

your day. If you’re struggling to stay motivated and keep up with your work

during lockdown, see

here

for some tips.

Make use of the outdoor spaces on campus:

While there’s currently no requirement for students to be on campus, going

for your daily walk near the university campus and making use of the spaces

provided by the university may help you to connect more with the student

life. There’s often plenty of green spaces on campus that may be suitable

for a walk or a place to sit on a sunny day. If you have a favourite coffee

shop on campus which is offering takeaway coffee, it might be nice to visit

here when you have some free time.

Make plans for when the restrictions are lifted:

One of the best ways to keep up your motivation is to make plans for the

summer. Whether this is as simple as just agreeing with your friends that

you’ll all go to the pub once you’re able to, or maybe you want to book an

event or a festival. Booking something to look forward to can often help to

boost your mood and remind yourself that lockdown isn’t forever.

Although nothing’s set in stone, it looks like we’re finally going to see

the back of COVID_19 restrictions, but until things are finally lifted

these are some helpful tips and tricks to help you stay connected with

university life.

 
 
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