No Clubbing, No Problem: 10 Alternatives To The ‘Big Night Out’
Not everyone is into the clubbing scene at uni which is fair enough. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself and de-stress instead of going out all night and often they are a lot cheaper than clubbing. Check out these alternatives…
Weekly meal with flat mates
You probably only see all of your flatmates at the same time in the morning and maybe before bed. So a nice bonding activity to institute is a weekly dinner. Cook together once a week and split the cost. It’ll give you a chance to catch up and get to know one another better too.
Dinner dates out
After all the essays, exams and general uni stress, it can be nice to treat yourself. Go out for a dinner somewhere nice once a month, if you go somewhere local they might even do student discount.
Take in some culture
A trip to the cinema is always a good shout. Or if you fancy something a bit different why don’t you check out local comedy clubs or theatre productions?
Most gyms are 24 hours and you’ll find it won’t be as busy in the evening as it is during the day. There are also other fun activities you can do such as bowling or laser quest.
If the gym isn’t for you then have a look to see what evening classes happen either at the gym or around the local area. It’s a great way to get out the uni bubble for a bit and a chance to make more friends! You could even take up something completely new like martial arts, or learn to play a musical instrument.
Singing in front of a bunch of strangers at the top of your lungs may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, if karaoke appeals, it’s a good way to have a good laugh and let your hair down. It’s not like you need to sound like Mariah Carey to have a go!
You’ll always find a quiz night happening somewhere and you could even start your own. A group of you could take it in turn to host. Add some snacks and it’s a fun cheap night!
If you enjoy watching live music, then you can check out local pubs or bars to see when they have any bands/artists in.
Join a society
Whether you’re into dancing, poetry or art, you’ll be bound to find something you like doing out of the range of societies. It’s a great place to meet people who share similar interests as you.
It’s always fun to have a get-together with all your mates and, as it won’t be as loud as a club, you can actually mingle and play some party games. The bonus part is you don’t have to walk home once it’s all over but obviously, there’re be cleaning up to do after!
That’s 10 pretty solid ideas for you to plan into your diary over the course of the year. At the end of the day just do what makes you happy and what you enjoy. Not everyone will be into the same thing at uni and that’s fine, just stay true to who you are and don’t feel pressured into doing things that aren’t your type of thing!
Haleema Khokhar also known as Kimi (a college nickname that stayed) is a journalism graduate working in the world of marketing and freelance writing. She loves animals, dance and a strong cup of tea. Check out her website and Twitter at @MyImpression_ you can also check out her personal Twitter at @KimiKhokhar
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