Even though you know you probably shouldn’t, there will be some nights where you will shirk your homework responsibilities and go out to do something fun. This, as long as it doesn’t happen too often, is totally fine.
Instead of going out to a club or bar, though, why not stay on campus and do something for free?
You’ll be able to save money, as you won’t be driving or spending money on covers or drinks. You’ll also be able to include all of your friends, even if they aren’t 21 yet. Next time you’re looking to avoid homework, check out some of these free activities on your campus.
Going to On-campus Hangouts
Depending on the size of your campus, you may have any number of free activities happening on any given night. Many schools have on-campus hangouts like cafes or small restaurants that offer free arcade games, pool tables, or dart boards, just like those you’d find at a bar or pool hall.
Having weekly or monthly competitions between your friends can provide many hours of entertainment and a little extra cash if you’re really good and your friends are into betting!
These hangouts also often host local musicians; students from your university or others from the surrounding community will come to sing or play an instrument. You can actually hear a surprisingly large amount of good music in places like these.
Campuses that have larger venues will also host regional or national bands with free or very cheap admission. Take advantage of these opportunities and avoid shelling out $50 for a concert ticket.
Movies and films are often shown on campuses, as there is little cost to the university and students really enjoy not having to pay to go out to see movies.
Whether in an on-campus movie theatre or in a classroom on a projection screen, you can see a lot of movies that you wouldn’t have thought to rent or may not even have heard of; you can also see some major releases before they come out on DVD.
Microwave a bag of popcorn, bring a can of soda, and enjoy a free movie!
Watching Sports Game
Whether or not you’re a big sports fan, going to your team’s games can be a lot of fun. Even if you don’t enjoy watching the sport all that much, taking part in cheers, singing, jumping, and watching various antics performed by other students can be very entertaining.
Try watching sports you’ve never watched before, like lacrosse, diving, field hockey, or ultimate. You may like it so much that you decide to play!
If you’re into playing sports more than watching, joining an intramural league is another good option. Basketball, flag football, soccer, tennis, wiffleball, racquetball, and broomball are all popular intramural sports.
Try something new and get some friends together to form or join a team. You may find that you have a much more competitive personality than you realized!
Every school has different free activities on campus. Check the school website, student newspapers, and bulletin boards to see what’s going on and don’t be afraid to try new things—you’ll be glad you did.