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Semester two can be busy and stressful at times. You may have had exams back in January, assignments to complete and the dreaded dissertations and end of year exams looming. So, with the Easter holidays just around the corner, a short break from university will be a welcome one. And whilst you probably can’t wait to put your feet up and stuff your face with chocolate eggs, there’s so much more you can be doing to make the most of your free time. Below are just some of the things you could do…

Ok, so it might not be the most exciting thing to do with your time off, but definitely one of the most important. With no lectures and classes to attend, you can start your revision with no distractions. Even if you don’t start revising properly, doing things such as organising your lecture notes, creating a study plan and downloading past exam papers will all be a good starting point to get ready for those upcoming exams.

Make memories
For many students, finishing university often means leaving your city of study and relocating elsewhere – whether it’s moving back to your home town, taking a gap year or moving to another city for work. So, if you’re in your final year and are getting ready to leave, it’s time to get out and embrace the city now. Have you seen all corners of the city and done everything you’ve wanted to do? Be a tourist for the day, do the sightseeing and learn the history. But don’t forget all the quirky little things too – row a boat on the lake, drink a cocktail from the poshest bar and eat a meal from the city’s most famous takeaway shop. After all, the city you went to uni in is a place you’ll probably remember for a very long time.

Get out and be active
Embracing your revision over the holidays is great, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole day, every day of the holidays stuck inside revising. The Easter holidays also marks the start of Spring, which means lighter nights and (hopefully) warmer days too. So, whether it’s a gentle stroll into town, a run through the park or a bike ride around the city, step outside and enjoy the fresh Spring air. After exercising and some time out, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle that revision when you return to your desk!

If you’ve got some free time over the holidays, why not spend some time volunteering? From working in the local charity shop or mentoring younger adults, to fundraising at university or helping out at the annual half marathon event in your city, there’s something for everyone and all interests. And besides the fact your helping others, there are a whole host of benefits you can gain from volunteering. Take a look at the Host blog for more.

Visit family and friends
Make the most of the extended break from university and take a trip home to visit your family. You might not have seen them since the Christmas holidays, so it’ll be great to catch up with them and of course enjoy a home cooked, hearty meal. Old school friends may also be back from university visiting their families, so it’ll be the perfect opportunity to all catch up, exchange uni stories and reminisce about the good times.

No matter what you have planned for the holidays, it’s important to take some time out and recharge your batteries ready for the final few weeks of term.

Starting university in London this September, or continuing with your studies in the city? Make yourself at home with our all-inclusive student accommodation at The Hub in London. For more information contact us on +44(0)20 3770 9120 or at thehub@host-students.com.