54 Netflix-Free Things to Do for Free at University

So you get home from class or work, and it’s 8pm and dark and cold, or 4pm and dark and cold, or 10am because your 9am class was canceled and that’s the end of your day. Your tiny residence room is empty and lonely or your dark, cold apartment greets you with a funny smell and maybe a gift from a mouse, and all you want to do is go back to bed and Netflix-binge until the weekend. Fair enough. University life is not fun for everyone.

That’s basically what September to December looks like for university students, at least the ones I know, or who live in my house. So by mid-December, it’s about time for a Netflix detox. When that time comes, sure you can always wash the dishes, but maybe make that Gilmore Girls-free time a little more appealing with some of these non-Netflix, free activities, meant for introverted, unhappy, university-goers with no money and too much free time:

  1. Change the sheets – probably don’t do that enough anyway
  2. Do laundry – you’ll need clean sheets
  3. Design your business card for when you finally graduate and have a career, or just to show people so they remember your name (try Canva if you’re not a Photoshop guru)
  4. Test all the pens in your house and throw out the ones that don’t work
  5. Go for a walk (but not at night alone nor in a sketchy area)
  6. Phone a friend
  7. Colour
  8. Throw darts at a map (unless you want your damage deposit back, in which case just look at the map longingly)
  9. Read your class notes and actually try to remember something. Just one thing.
  10. Read something very much not for class, that’s just for you.file_000-1
  11. Put away old assignments and notes and papers so your workspace is clear
  12. Actually do wash the dishes
  13. Open the windows and let the fresh air in
  14. Match your socks like your mom used to before you wore whatever two you could find
  15. Write something fictional
  16. Learn an instrument
  17. Knit/crochet
  18. Sew those buttons back on
  19. Write a letter to your bestie with a pen and paper and put a proper stamp on it and find a mailbox and wait to see just how long it takes to get there and be thankful for texting and Skype
  20. Call your cell phone plan provider and try to negotiate a better deal and if you can’t just have a nice chat with the poor person working minimum wage.
  21. Look for a job
  22. Do that one thing you’ve been putting off forever
  23. Write simple things on a list and feel satisfied crossing them off
  24. Take a different bus and see where you end up
  25. Join a political debate on Twitter, just for kicks
  26. Read the news
  27. Listen to the radio and support your public broadcaster
  28. Make dinner. Or just cereal.File_003.jpeg
  29. Clean up the leaves/garbage/snow/ice/weeds outside your house or residence
  30. Take all the stuff out of your backpack or school bag and wash it, then put back only the things you need
  31. Start a blog (clearly, anyone can do it!)
  32. Make up with that friend with whom you’ve been silently fighting for weeks
  33. Find a new playlist on Spotify, or make your own
  34. Listen to an album from home/childhood
  35. Sing
  36. Pay your visa bill (sorry)
  37. Have tea
  38. Invite your neighbour to have tea, even if you don’t know her, especially if you’ve been hearing through the walls as she talks to her parents/cries/fights with her boyfriend, etc. She could use a Netflix/loneliness break too file_000
  39. Volunteer somewhere
  40. Vacuum or sweep
  41. Clean the bathroom, you really can’t do that enough
  42. Sit in the sun
  43. Cook something with just the things in your kitchen
  44. Design a flyer for a skill you possess, even if you never want to market it
  45. Pack a bag for when you get to go home
  46. Take things to the Salvation Army
  47. Find a free event to go to and actually go, even if you don’t feel like it on the day of
  48. Make a list of things you will do when you can afford them
  49. Go to the library
  50. Put up photos on your wallsIMG_1274
  51. Read articles on sites like The New Yorker and The Walrus
  52. Try this bullet journaling thing everyone is talking about
  53. Go to the gym or just try a push-up
  54. Sleep

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by mid-December, it’s about time for a Netflix detox. When that time comes, sure you can always wash the dishes, but maybe make that Gilmore Girls-free time a little more appealing with some of these non-Netflix, free activities, meant for introverted, unhappy, university-goers with no money and too much free time:

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