8 things that are better than clubbing

As a student, a lot of time is spent with your head in a book (or well it should be). When Friday night comes around or the all-important Wednesday night society social at Quack, clubbing seems the perfect way to take a break from the stresses of deadlines and enjoy yourself.

Photo: Katie Askwith/ Flickr

Photo: Katie Askwith/ Flickr

However, nights out can become boring after a while and the inevitable hangover should be more of a reason to explore different options to keep you occupied in the evenings.

1. Staying in. An obvious and boring choice for some maybe, but it can quickly become addictive. Breaking out your duvet for a date with the sofa and a night of TV box set could be just the ticket to help you relax after a busy week.

2. Exercise. Had a long and stressful week on the third floor of the library? Why don’t you give your mind a rest and work your body instead. Sneak in a run before dinner, or whack out that 90s workout DVD with your flatmates. Getting your blood pumping will make you feel much less guilty for that post night-out McDonald’s you just can’t seem to resist.

3. Early night. I’m sure we’re all aware of the importance of a good nights sleep, but getting those solid 8 hours is much easier said than done. Partying, late night deadline nightmares and noisy flat mates can make catching some z’s almost impossible. Take a night off from everything and go to bed early, ready for a fresh start. You’ll be thanking yourself when you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

4. Netflix (…and chill). Despite the cringe-worthy connotations of Netflix, it really is a good way of watching the latest films from the comfort of your laptop screen in bed.  You could also save yourself the cost of the monthly subscription fee by adding your device onto your parents’ account – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!

5. Meal out. Don’t fancy super noodles again? Take advantage of the many student discount and voucher apps by going out for a nice dinner with your friends. Having a night of lovely food, and pleasant company, is sure to please your belly (and your bank account).

6. Pamper evening. Get in your favourite PJ’s and put your feet up with a relaxing facemask, or try out that manicure technique you’ve been dying to do. Take some time out to look after yourself. I promise, you’ll feel so much better for it.

7. Master something new. Obviously your course is the most important thing, but learning other skills can make you a much more rounded person. Take time out to learn how to bake, or even to learn a language – the main thing is just to have fun!

8. Work, if you must. It’s so easy to put off that essay, especially when trying to balance all of your other work. Sometimes just sitting down and working hard can be really beneficial, leaving you more time to do the things you love without the worry of what needs completing.