Sometimes a night out is too much effort, not to mention expensive. But that doesn’t mean you have to do nothing at all. There are plenty of ways to have a chill get-together without throwing a full-on party. Here are some fun and memorable activities for a relaxing student night in with your friends.

Play a Board Game

Who doesn’t love a good board game? You can opt for classics like Monopoly, Clue or Risk, or pick out something new. It’s a great way to learn more about your guests and to bond through friendly competition. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be a massive success and you’ll have to make it a regular thing.

Host a Quiz

Why go to a pub quiz when you could host your own? You can follow any format of quiz you like, whether it’s standard, jeopardy-style, or following any number of other popular game shows. Designing your own quiz allows you to pick topics you know your friends will know lots about and enjoy, or you could even tailor your questions around members of the group and anecdotes from their past.

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Making a Group Painting

Another great idea for a student night in is to make some art together. Put on some music, throw a canvas and some paints on the floor and let everyone’s imagination run free. It’s always fun to see what people choose to paint and how they work around one another. Not only will people have a good time painting, but you’re also left with the end result to remember the night by.

Host a Book Club

Organise a book for everyone to read ahead of time and then open up the forum for discussion. It’s always interesting to see how everyone can read the same text and interpret it differently. It doesn’t have to be high-brow or intellectual either. If it’s a success, you can rotate out hosting and everyone can have a turn to pick.

Cook Together

You can host your own version of bake off or plan a meal in advance for everyone to help with. It’s a lot of fun, it’s much easier to cook when you’ve got some helping hands, and everyone gets some delicious food when you’re done. Or not-so-delicious, depending on how you do. But food nonetheless.

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