The Easter break is just around the corner for students around the UK and after what is likely to have been an arduous term of revision and exam prep, the holidays will arrive not a day too soon.
While dissertation hand-in and end of year exams might be conveniently placed after the break, the Easter holidays is often seen as the last chance to take some time away from university and enjoy some relaxation before things start to get pretty hectic.
So, what is there to do for students during the Easter break? With promise of spring on its way, it might just be the perfect time to get away from the city and spend time with family and friends. Similarly, there is lots of opportunity to explore around the country whether students are looking for day trips or weekends away.
As regular readers will be aware, the team at Almero Student Mansions is committed to bringing you the very best student advice pieces and we are delighted to bring you our Easter instalment.
We have duly put together our top tips on how to make the most of the Easter break, ensuring you’re left refreshed and ready for the final semester of the academic year.
Book a City Break
The Easter holidays should be about taking some time away from study so what better way to relax than booking some well-deserved time away? Going away doesn’t have to cost the earth and there are plenty of European cities where you can enjoy some sun and explore some culture.
Cities like Barcelona and Lisbon are the perfect choice if you’re looking for short flights and a beach within easy reach. Barcelona’s Parc Guell is world famous; showcasing some of Gaudi’s best work. So you can chill out whilst feeling like you’re being studious all at the same time!
It’s a must visit public park made up of beautiful gardens and colourful ceramics, whilst Lisbon’s charming cobbled streets and blue-tiled courtyards make it the ideal destination for a lazy weekend away; either with friends or perhaps your family.
If it’s something closer to home that you’re looking for, London’s Springfest offers up the chance to get a taste of German culture without the rigmarole of the airport.
Enjoy German beer, food and “oompah” bands on the 30th March. Spend the weekend in the capital and explore the city’s museums as well as performances and free fairs.
Find An Internship
If you’re planning on mixing work and play during the Easter break then thinking ahead to after your final exams might be a good idea. After the stress of final year, knowing you have work or an internship to go to might be just what you need to keep you calm during exam period.
Having Easter time off is a good opportunity to get advice from friends and family, or even your university lecturer, on how to perfect your CV so you can express your interest in companies you might like to work for.
For those of you keen to get experience during your Easter holidays, volunteering is a great way of exploring what you’re interested in whilst giving something back to the community.
Websites such as Prospects.ac.uk offer advice on how to get into volunteering as well as providing you with roles that might be available. This is a great idea whether you’re interested in social work, working with animals or even volunteering abroad.
Get Ahead of Study
Of course, the Easter holidays are often used as a break away from your studies but with important exams just around the corner, a lot of students use some of their time for revision and to make final touches to their dissertations.
It’s a good time for you to catch up on any notes from your tutors and read books from your reading list that you might not have got around to reading yet. Whilst it might not sound like the most enticing of options during your break, you’ll be glad that you spent some time getting ahead of your studies when you get back to university.
Make Use of Cheaper Travel
Being a student certainly has it perks; one of which is student discount. Travelling around the UK can be expensive which is why the 16-25 railcard is so popular with those who can get it. For £30 a year, students can get a third of rail fares to travel across Britain. This offers up excellent opportunity for you to visit some of the UK’s attractions during the Easter break.
If it’s rest and relaxation you’re after during the holidays then the Lake District and Peak District should be top of your list of places to see. With beautiful landscapes and dozens of country walks to explore before a beer in the local country pub, they’re the perfect location for a countryside getaway.
A train to London takes less than two hours for both Bristol and Nottingham based students and with cheaper train fares it’s well worth the visit. There’s plenty to keep you entertained through the day when it comes to museums as well as food and drink, not least the Natural History Museum which currently has a Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, running until 28th May.
Perhaps not at the top of the list when you’re thinking of how you can make the most of your time off, but it will definitely get you some brownie points at home.
Why not spend a day during your holidays clearing out your bedroom and throwing away anything you don’t need anymore? It might even make you a bit of extra money if you have clothes or old study books you no longer need. Websites like eBay and Depop make it easy to sell things you don’t want and often you can list for items at no cost to you.
Whatever you decide, we hope you have a great Easter break and be sure to come back to Almero Student Mansions next term for more student guides and advice pieces.