Reading Week is the perfect time to relax and gear up for the rest of the semester. If you’re staying in London for reading week, there are plenty of things you can try out.

If you want to enjoy the snow, try out some of these activities.

  • Ice skating at Victoria Park. Check out this link for more information about skating in London.
  • Plan a trip to Boler Mountain where you can ski, snowboard or go tubing. If you’ve never done it before, now is the perfect time to learn with Boler Mountain’s Discover Ski & Snowboard beginner lesson.

There are many local volunteering opportunities that you can look into. It can often be difficult to balance volunteering along with classes and studying, so the time you have off during Reading Week could be used to help out within the community.

  • The London Food Bank has opportunities that you can look into here, and can sign up for their volunteer mailing list while you’re at it.
  • Here are some options at The London Humane Society. Though some of these require weekly commitments, there are other special events that you can look into if you’re interested.
  • Another option is gathering a group of friends to volunteer with Ronald McDonald’s House Charities through their Dinner at Our House program. You can find more information here.

A fun option with a group of friends would be trying out escape rooms, like Mystery Escape Rooms or Exodus Escape Rooms.

If you’re a foodie, take the time to explore different restaurants and famer’s markets in London.

Many of you will have exams right after reading week, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home studying all day. You can try out one of these cool study spots to explore London while also getting your work done!

  • The London Public Library is a great way to get off campus and explore the city while also making sure that you study. If you prefer staying at home, London Public Library also offers a temporary 90-day virtual library account that allows you to access online databases. If you would like to catch up on some reading sign up here.
  • You can also spend some time at a café. You can grab some food and get inspiration to work on your essays and assignments. William’s Café, Coffee Culture, Fire Roasted Coffee or even your local Starbucks or Tim Horton’s can be a nice and relaxing environment to get out of the house and to get to work.

If you want to travel outside of London, now is the perfect time to do it.

  • Check out our Fall Break Getaway Guide for some ideas.
  • Alternative Spring Break is accepting student participants for New Orleans, Thunder Bay and Pittsburg, which you can sign up for here if you want to volunteer somewhere outside of London. If you’re not sure about going this year, or if the trip you liked is already filled up, look out for next year’s application!

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe Reading Week!

Panchami Bhat, Assistant Editor 2016-2017

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