9 of the Best Student Activities for Winter

One of the great things about winter is the variety of activities you can try that are not possible the rest of the year. From sports to indoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few ways to have fun while passing the time this winter.

1. Snowball Fight

When there’s snow on the ground and students around, pick up a snowball and throw it at someone (steering clear of their face, of course). If you choose your target well, this will start a snowball fight. Best of all, since you’ll be the only one prepared, you’ll be in a prime position to win.

2. Cookie Baking

There are so many cookie recipes you could try — easily enough to spend several hours baking and decorating. It’s even more fun when you involve friends. While you could do this any time of the year, baking is the perfect winter activity because you have the excuse to use seasonal cookie cutters to make shapes like Christmas trees, snowflakes, stockings, and reindeer.

3. Snowboarding

If you’re looking for a new challenge and you’ve never tried snowboarding before, this year is your chance. Renting the gear you need can be inexpensive — you could even ask another student. It may take you a while to get the hang of snowboarding, but as soon as you find your balance on the board, you should find that everything falls into place. Just be aware that it’s difficult to know when someone is coming up behind you to avoid crashes.

4. Ice Skating

Another sport that is difficult for a while, but rewarding once you’ve learned it, is ice skating. Whatever your current level, it’s a fun activity to do with friends, whether you find an indoor rink or a frozen lake.

5. Skiing

One more classic winter sport is skiing. This may be a good choice if you find snowboarding to be frustrating, as you’ll pick it up faster — although it takes longer to become good at skiing. It’s worth taking some beginner lessons to avoid accidents, including broken bones.

6. Sledding

There are also physical activities that involve almost no skill whatsoever — namely, sledding. All you need is a hill and something you can use as a sled. It’s best of all if your friends all bring their own sleds, as you can then have races.

7. Snowman Competition

For more friendly competition, see who can make the best snowman. If you’re able to gather a large group of people, you can even have different categories, such as the largest, most unique, and ugliest.

8. Binge Watching TV Shows

It’s common to spend more time indoors over the winter, even if you do enjoy winter sports. For this reason, winter is a great time to discover new TV series, perhaps even binge watching entire seasons.

9. Game Night

An alternative idea on a cold evening is to ask your friends to bring whatever card games and board games they have over to your place. As a group, you can then select the best to play. If it proves popular, you could make game night a regular event.

It’s comforting to have somewhere cozy you can call home to return to after many hours in the snow. At West Village Suites, we offer student housing with everything you need and want, including upgraded furnishings, a fitness facility, and utilities included in the rent. Our McMaster student rentals are also ideal for hanging out with friends, whether you want to bake, play games, or watch movies. Check out our virtual tours to see for yourself before you sign a lease.

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