Take advantage of the (potentially!) good weather and light nights
I love playing sports, so I relish the opportunity to utilise a lot of the free tennis and basketball courts dotted around the city. These courts are often open into the evenings and, with it now getting dark around 9pm, you can enjoy many hours of fun. If you live in the city centre or are struggling to get access to these places, Headingley campus have plenty of courts on offer. If you’re a gym member already it’s included in your membership costs, but if not, you can use them for a small fee.
If sport isn’t your thing, there’s lots of other activities to enjoy. You could take walks on the Harewood House or Temple Newsam estates, which are both on easily accessible bus routes. Or head a little further afield to Otley or Ilkley for a change of pace – Ilkley Lido is busy but fun in good weather. If all else fails, the coast isn’t too far away…
Factor in a little alone time
It’s likely that you have spent the last nine months or so surrounded by flatmates but spending time by yourself can be equally as fun (and good for you!). Being comfortable in your own company isn’t something we tend to experience, not until we are a lot older at least, so enjoy the rare moments alone.
Getting stuck into a good book, enjoying a relaxing bath, or even just sitting in a café are all worthwhile activities and are a great way to chill out without the pressures of social interaction.
Consider your finances
Planning lots of activities can be very expensive, but thankfully Leeds has a wealth of options for having fun on a budget. Even though it can be tempting to say yes to everything, make sure you don’t go overboard. You’ve got to make your money last over the four months break! Take advantage of 2 for 1 offers and student discounts, often places don’t like to advertise them, and I have been very surprised by how many places offer it if you ask.
Get good with food
When I was an undergrad, it was all too easy ordering fast-food or bunging a ready meal into a microwave, but long term that isn’t sustainable (not just financially!) Even if you’re living with your parents over summer, try to get involved with the cooking and food shopping, as this will really help when you go back to your student house.
There are so many benefits to cooking from scratch! It is a lot cheaper than buying ready-made meals, it is a great way to bond with your friends (think Come Dine with me?) and you will probably be far healthier than you’ve ever been.
Summer is a time to relax, but it is also a great time to work on yourself without the pressure of university. Hopefully these tips have helped!