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Hobbies for university students with extra time
Hobbies for university students with extra time
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Hobbies for university students with extra time

If you've got some spare time on your hands, you’re likely looking for ways to entertain yourself, or fun ways to pass the time. Whether you’re looking for something new to pick up, or inspiration to revisit an old hobby, we’ve prepared our pick of the perfect pastimes for you to sink your time into.

The importance of hobbies for students

One of the best things about going to university is immersing yourself in an entirely new experience – but sometimes the reality is that you get so caught up in studying for your degree, you forget that there’s so many other new experiences to discover, and ways to entertain yourself as a student.

Hobbies give you the opportunity to de-stress while remaining mentally active, and studies have shown that hobbies promote better health and lower the risk of high blood pressure! Enjoying a few hours of your hobby a week can also improve your mental health – meaning the importance of hobbies for students really is second to none.

Even if your fun way to pass the time isn’t a physical one, there are still plenty of benefits to reap – so put your study materials down and give some of the best hobbies for students a try.

The best hobbies for students

We’ve prepared a list of some of the types of hobbies for students that our residents enjoy, so that you can reap all of the benefits and have some well-deserved me time.

Arts and crafts

A therapeutic activity, not only is making arts and crafts a great way of unleashing your creative side, but it’s also extremely beneficial for your mental health. You’ll get to learn a new skill, plus if you’re broke, this talent could come in handy for making handmade gifts!

Some people liken drawing to meditation, allowing all of your focus to be on one thing. Pick up some materials and get started on one of the most relaxing hobbies for students.

Learn a new language

With apps such as Duolingo and Memrise making it free to learn foreign languages, more and more people are taking advantage of this and brushing up on their international lingo. It’s also pretty handy if you’re going abroad and you need to converse in the country’s language and / or strike up a holiday romance.

You never know, learning a new language could help with future employment too!


Another advancement from apps is the fact that anyone can become a photographer – Instagram filters, anyone? If you’re taking an interest in the more technical aspects of photography, then you may want to consider investing in a DSLR camera – where you can learn to apply different lighting without the use of instant filters (or hashtags).

Photography is something that will get you out and about, enjoying all of the outdoor spaces your city has to offer. Which brings us nicely onto the next hobby…


If your university is situated in a picturesque town (or you’ve got handy transport links to get you out into the countryside) then why not make the most of it? Explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with some friends, and enjoy discovering something new about your region while keeping fit!

While hiking is one of the most physical types of hobbies for students on this list, you’ll be surprised at the mental benefits it can have too.


We know, we know – the last thing you want to do after revising textbooks is to do more reading, but why not widen your literary horizon by discovering new genres? From losing yourself in fiction or taking an interest in self-help, go ahead and expand your library – and your vocabulary, while you’re at it.

It's the perfect way to escape from the hustle and bustle or, if you really enjoy your course that much, delving deeper into your chosen degree.

Pick up a musical instrument

Get into the groove by learning a new instrument – and if you’re good enough, pluck up the courage to join a band! Alternatively play for your own enjoyment, as this hobby is also a great way to relax. Learning to play songs can improve confidence and self-esteem, truly highlighting the importance of hobbies for students.

That, and being able to play 'Wonderwall' at the next party you attend...

There you have it! A list of hobbies for university students to spend your time perfecting, learning and enjoying. What hobbies have you taken up in your spare time at university? Share your stories (and photos if you have any) on Instagram or our Facebook page – and inspire someone new in our Student Roost network today!