1 Connect with other International students

Organising festive gatherings with international students can create a sense of community and a welcoming atmosphere during the holidays. Connecting with local and international students provides opportunities to explore different Christmas traditions and events. As campuses quiet down over the holidays, connecting with others helps combat loneliness and isolation.

2 Visit a Christmas Market

Christmas markets are known for their festive ambience, the decorations and the stalls that are available to sell traditional treats from mulled wine to hot chocolate, handmade and unique gifts, local products and more. A Christmas market provides ample inspiration if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit.

3 Volunteering

Volunteering allows you to contribute to your community, spread cheer, and make a positive impact over the holidays. The festive season provides an opportunity to help those in need, connect with others, and combat loneliness through acts of kindness and generosity. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and can create lasting memories. It highlights what you may take for granted, inspiring gratitude, and setting an example for others to get involved.

4 Go to a Christmas Pub Quiz

A Christmas Pub quiz blends holiday fun with mental stimulation, wrapping friendly competition in a ribbon of lively entertainment. Pit your wits against challenging trivia questions on festive topics as you bond with loved ones and make new connections over yuletide libations. With its warm and mirthful spirit, a Christmas pub quiz is the perfect activity for revellers seeking an engaging twist on traditional holiday gatherings. Come jingle all the way to a pub near you and sleigh this season’s trivia in style.

5 Eat a Traditional Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is a cherished tradition in many cultures, especially in the UK. International students can feel the warmth of belonging through a shared Christmas dinner. Inviting them into time-honoured local holiday traditions, like passing home-cooked dishes filled with nostalgia, fosters community and eases isolation’s chill for those missing distant family.

We hope you enjoy your winter break and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!