Deck The Halls!

Staying Festive in Your Halls over the Winter Period

Whether you are a fresher at Keele and missing being at home over Christmas or you are a more seasoned member of the University who is in need of some extra festive fun to get you through the season, these inclusive ideas will make sure you really are rocking around the clock in your halls this Christmas!

University halls at Christmas time can seem a bit less than festive – but don’t let them get you down! Make some cosy cheer for yourself!

1. Secret Santa

Get together with your fellow hall mates, to organise a secret present gifting. To keep it wallet friendly consider a limit of £5 as an example for every present. This is a great chance to bring everyone together and spread the joy this Christmas.

2. Group Meal

Organise a Christmas meal with the people in your hall. It’s a nice way to feel at home whether you are a Masterchef or struggle not to burn toast – if everyone attending brings one thing they enjoy, you will have a feast in no time.

3. Entertainment

Christmas time at Keele is the perfect time for staying in the warm and relaxing.

If you feel like getting together with members of your hall then the SU Ballroom will be hosting ‘Festive Fortnight’ with non stop Christmas films and refreshments, from 4pm till 11pm, starting 5th December. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, it’s completely free!

There are also a great selection of board games at the KPA and Lindsay Bar.

Alternatively if you feel like staying in, there are plenty of great films and boxsets just waiting to be watched!

4. Stay Warm

Make sure you have the best time over Christmas by ensuring you stay cosy as temperatures start to drop. For those who feel the cold easily consider buying a hot water bottle, slippers and maybe even an extra blanket for your bed.

This is also a good time to double check that your radiators are working properly and if they are not you can report this issue to

5. Diffusers

A sure way to feel festive is to put a Christmas scented diffuser in your room. Diffusers are a perfect alternative to candles and leave your room with a lovely gentle aroma, perfect to come home to after a long day of lectures.

6. Food Shopping

With everything going on during Christmas the last thing you want is to find that you have ran out of food and have spent all your money in the SU. A great festive activity is to get together with others in your hall and get an online food delivery. It is much cheaper than paying for a taxi home and this way you don’t have to spend ages in the cold dragging bags back from the shop.

7. Decorations

Another lovely group activity is to decorate your communal spaces with Christmas ornaments.

Traditional choices such as tinsel and baubles are great or you could consider making your own out of recycled materials. If there is one thing we all have it is empty bottles and cans. Wine bottles make perfect vases to hold seasonal branches and cans can also be decorated and strung up on string as homemade baubles.

With it getting dark so early in the evening, it is a great idea to invest in some battery powered fairy lights. They make a room really cosy and can be bought very cheaply too!

8. Christmas Tree

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A wonderful focal point in any home is a Christmas tree. However, if you don’t want to break the bank or you want to be a bit more unique try decorating existing home objects such as a pineapple or even make a post-it note tree on your wall!

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