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5 More activities to keep you busy during lockdown

17 February 2021

A couple of weeks ago, UCL student Saskia Norman gave her first 5 suggestions for activities during lockdown. If you enjoyed those, here are her next 5 things to do during these current lockdown restrictions!

London lockdown

With lockdown continuing, you might be running out of ideas to keep you busy.

To help, here’s my next five suggestions to give you something to do whilst at home!

1. Volunteer online

Volunteering doesn’t just mean working in a charity shop – and during this time of need, local communities need all the help they can get.

There are so many online volunteering opportunities available, meaning you can make a difference from the comfort of your own home.

Not only will you be helping out for a good cause; you will gain so much valuable experience at the same time.

What’s more, the UCL Volunteering Department have opportunities for you to set up your own projects!


2. Snap it up

Photography involves a lot of creativity, and offers an escape from studying.

Over the summer, I bought a disposable camera for around £10 and went on walks to take photos of the area I live in.

It’s an amazing way to appreciate your everyday surroundings. And you don’t need an expensive camera with a million different lenses - there are many free photo-editing apps available to spruce up your snaps.








Pictured: me taking a photo of the sunset from my flat window.


3. Get your game-face on

And no, I’m not saying you have to become a Fortnite champion. Many UCL societies are now holding online socials involving online gaming.

Flourish also holds frequent events like these, such as an amazing pub quiz, so keep your eye on the calendar!

These events will allow you to mix with new people and have fun at the same time.

If you have flatmates, you can even get some board games out – you’ll learn a lot about your friends when you see who gets the most competitive about Monopoly.


4. Art attack

Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to produce National Gallery worthy pieces!

I’m not the most gifted when it comes to art, but I have found adult colouring books to be a great source of both entertainment and relaxation during the lockdown.

Making collages is a great way to re-purpose unwanted magazines and newspapers. But this doesn’t all have to be on paper – learning to use online software, such as Photoshop, to produce art is both rewarding and will be valued by future employers.


5. Make some music

If you play an instrument, now is the perfect time to improve your skills! If you don’t, you could learn completely from scratch.

There are plenty of free online tutorials available online. If you have other friends who play instruments, you could even have jamming sessions over Zoom.

Before the lockdown, my guitar sat in the corner collecting dust. Having extra time meant I could finally pick it up again and learn how to play some of my favourite songs!

Playing the guitar








Pictured: me celebrating the fact I can now play a song other than Wonderwall

Keep an eye on the Flourish blog for more great ideas and tips for getting through lockdown life. If you get inspired and have any ideas for activities, please email us at accom.events@ucl.ac.uk

Images: Author's own
Cover Image: John Cameron on Unsplash