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Finding ways to stay busy between classes and homework can be tricky when the temperature plummets. Unwinding and decompressing is crucial for any college student, but it isn’t always easy to do so when the thought of going outside isn’t very appealing. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor winter activities for college students.

Indoor Winter Activities For College Students

Whether you prefer spending time with friends or enjoy solo hobbies like diamond painting or embroidery, there are many ways to keep yourself busy while staying warm and toasty.

Solo Indoor Activities for College Students

College is a very social experience. You spend most of your day in classrooms with other students, working on group projects, etc. Most students find they need a break every once in a while and some time to themselves. Some folks prefer spending time alone rather than in large groups of people. In any case, here are a few solos indoor activities that are perfect for college students.

1. Diamond Painting

Diamond painting is a relaxing hobby that offers a wide range of benefits. It eases stress, improves concentration, and more. Painting with diamonds can help you unplug from technology for a while, which can be extremely helpful if you suffer from information overload.

Crafting is tricky for many college students because most dorm rooms don’t have extra space to store supplies. The great thing about this hobby, though, is that diamond painting kits come with everything you need to complete a project in a single, compact box. You don’t need to worry about storing bulky supplies or packing them up to take home at the end of the semester. They are lightweight, take up very little space, and are highly portable.

You don’t even need to be an art major to make stunning creations with diamond painting. You don’t need any special skills, talent, or experience. If you can match colors to symbols, you can make breathtakingly beautiful diamond paintings.

2. Embroidery

Embroidery is another craft hobby that doesn’t require a lot of space or supplies. With an embroidery hoop, cloth, floss, and a needle, you can enjoy this relaxing activity in the comfort and privacy of your dorm room. Embroidery offers numerous mental and physical health benefits, too.

3. Writing

You probably do a lot of writing for your classes. But, do you ever take the time to do some personal writing? Whether it’s jotting down your thoughts and feelings in a journal, scribing a few lines of poetry, or even crafting a novel, writing is a solo activity that allows you to express yourself and help you work through challenging times and situations. The next time you need to decompress, why not try your hand at freewriting.

4. Self-Care

Use your alone time to treat yourself to a bit of well-deserved pampering.

  • Take a long, hot shower or a nice bubble bath.
  • Apply a face mask and indulge your skin with some luxurious moisturizing.
  • Give yourself a manicure or pedicure complete with an inspiring shade of polish.

Taking a bit of time to pamper yourself will elevate your mood and help you deal with the stress of being a college student.

5. Reading

When was the last time you read a book for pleasure? Consider using your downtime to get lost in a good book if it’s been a while. Most colleges have their libraries. You are welcome to browse quiet spaces where you can relax and read for a while.

Indoor Activities to Enjoy with Friends

There is a lot of indoor fun to be had with your friends. When the weather isn’t ideal for going out, try these activities to have a blast with your pals while staying inside.

1. Board Games

Playing board games is ideal when going out isn’t very appealing. Whether you are into the classics like Monopoly and Sorry or prefer a more strategic game like Catan or Scythe, there are many great board games for college students. You might find that hanging out and playing games with your friends is more enjoyable than going out.

2. Learning TikTok Dances

When you’re stuck inside with lots of pent-up energy, gather up a few of your pals and learn some trending TikTok dances. As all videos posted are less than 60 seconds, there’s no need to worry about getting overwhelmed or needing technical dance training. This activity is a lot of fun. It’s a great way to get some exercise, too!

3. Movie Marathon

Forget about classes and homework for a few hours and plan a movie marathon with your friends. Thanks to streaming services, spending an entire weekend watching your favorite movies is easier. Are movies not your thing? No problem! Binge your favorite series instead. Whatever you do, get some popcorn and chocolate to complete the experience!

4. Craft Night

Decide on an arts and crafts project and work on it together. There are tons of tutorials online where you can learn how to paint, knit, and do just about any other type of project you can imagine. Decide what you want to do, gather the supplies, and get your entire friend group to learn and create. Diamond painting, mentioned earlier, is easily adaptable for groups. Just order some extra diamond placers, and you can all work on one diamond painting together! Why pay to attend an art or craft class when you can have your own?

5. Clothing Swap

Money is usually pretty tight for college students, making it challenging to shop for new clothes. By hosting a clothing swap in your dorm, you and your friends and roommates can build new wardrobes with each other’s apparel. It takes a bit of planning, but clothing exchanges are a lot of fun. They let you get rid of the apparel you’re tired of and swap it for something new to you.

Indoor Winter Activities for College Students

The winter months are often pretty dull for college students. When cold and snowy weather makes going out impossible or undesirable, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself busy while staying indoors. Whether you prefer spending time on your own or are looking for ways to stay busy with your friends, the ideas above are a great way to pass the time and enhance your college experience.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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