How To Feel Festive If You're Spending Christmas In University Halls
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How To Feel Festive If You're Spending Christmas In University Halls

Jasmyne Jeffery December 21, 2022

There may be a number of reasons why you’re spending Christmas in university halls. However, you might not be as fully immersed in the celebrations as you want to be. If you need a little help, here are a few tips on how to feel festive in the upcoming holidays.

Whether it be to travel plans falling through, family away on holiday or just making the choice to spend the festive season alone, there are lots of reasons why you might be spending Christmas in university halls. If it’s your first Christmas away from your family, or you just haven’t been filled with Christmas spirit yet, then let’s get you feeling festive in time for the big day.

Tips On How To Feel Festive

Feeling festive is such an individual thing. You’ll probably have traditions of your own or favourite films or TV shows to watch. But spending the holiday season in an environment you’re not used to and without loved ones can make you not want to celebrate. But Christmas is Christmas and you should still make the most of the day, even if it’s not quite the same. Different isn’t always bad!

Watch Your Favourite Christmas Film

Whether it’s on a streaming service or you need to buy it, watching your favourite Christmas film will definitely help you feel festive. Grab some cosy pyjamas, make yourself a hot chocolate (with all the trimmings) and get under a blanket. You could even treat yourself to some mince pies or another Christmassy snack to really get into the festive mood.


Waking up on Christmas morning without any kind of decorations is a very depressing thought. There’s no need to go all out, particularly with the cost, but a little something here and there will always remind you it’s Christmas. You could get yourself a little tree to put presents under or string some fairy lights around the place. You could even spend an afternoon making some handmade decorations! That way you’ve said money, made something to be proud of and even partaken in a Christmas activity.

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Christmas Bakes

If you’re on your own in your university flat, then make the most of all the extra kitchen space! You could make your own gingerbread mean (and eat them yourself too!). Or, you could make some sugar cookies, brownies — anything that you desire.

Not only will baking them, with the addition of some Christmas music, of course, help you to feel festive, but eating them later on amid all your decorations with definitely fill you with Christmas spirit.

Have Christmas Dinner

This doesn’t have to be a full traditional Christmas dinner because, let’s face it, that would be very expensive and you’re very unlikely to eat a whole turkey by yourself. However, you could always pick your favourite trimming, get yourself a small chicken or vegan alternative and still have a delicious meal. It doesn’t even have to be something remotely traditional — you could make your favourite pasta dish, order a takeaway (if they’re open) or something else entirely.

Having the day by yourself means you don’t have to stick to the rules. You could even have your yule log before your main meal if you wanted. Christmas wouldn’t feel the same without stuffing your face with delicious food, so ensure you do just that to get you feeling festive.

Spending Christmas in your university halls can actually give you the opportunity to spend Christmas exactly how you want. It might not be what you’re used to, but as long as you get in the festive spirit then you’re sure to have a lovely time.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.