Being a student is stressful; there’s no getting away from that. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Here are some of our favourite stress-busting activities you can do in Cambridge or the surrounding areas. 

Have a cup of coffee at a cafe

Visit one of the many independent cafes in Cambridge. The city centre alone has a plethora of fantastic independent cafes that offer a range of wholesome food and top-quality coffee. Many have great wifi connections, making them a welcome change to the monotony of staring at the same four walls of your dorm room or working at the same desk in the college library. And if you’re feeling particularly decadent, try heading to the cafe without your work and … read a book. Relax. People watch. Let the world pass you by. Some of our favourite cafes in Cambridge include Novi on Regent Street, Indigo Cafe just off Kings Parade, and Tom’s Cafe on Mill Road. Interested in more places to eat and drink in Cambridge? 

A woman standing in a green house with plants on shelves along each side of her. She is wearing a white dressVisit the Botanic Gardens

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to just check out from the world for an hour or two. Entry is £5 for students or free for University of Cambridge students. The garden boasts a wide array of rare and exotic plants, as well as a lovely rock pool area. You can dine at its pleasant cafe featuring a wide selection of food, or you can bring a picnic lunch. The garden also offers talks and tours on a wide variety of subjects if you fancy learning something unrelated to your degree. Bonus feature: it’s also a great place to find water and grass type Pokémon. 

Pop down to Linton Zoo

If you’re happy to travel further afield, then there’s nothing better for the soul than getting the chance to stare at some cute, cuddly animals. Linton Zoo is a 40-minute journey by bus from the city centre and is well worth the trek. A specialist wildlife breeding centre focused on conservation, Linton Zoo is a little different to the larger commercial zoos out there. It offers more intimate interactions with animals and has a variety of experience days for quite cheap! Plus cute fluffy animals – who can say no to that?

a collection of coloured balls of wool in a rowMake something with arts and crafts

Arts and crafts are an excellent way to destress and take your mind off essay woes. There are many options ranging from the elaborate – such as learning to knit or crochet – to the relaxed – buying an adult colouring book and a set of pencils. Pinterest is a great place to start for inspiration, or you can pop over to HobbyCraft at the Beehive Centre. Stick your creation on the communal fridge and feel proud. If you’re lost for inspiration, there’s always the option of sticking googly eyes on every poster in your flatmates’ room.

Visit LockHouse Escape Games board game foyer

Come play board games in our foyer. We have a range of different board games free to play in our foyer at any time. While Dobble might make you even more stressed, it does get a lot of yelling out of your system which can be cathartic in its own right. Or you can test the how steady your nerves and your hands are with the wonderful stacking game Junk Art. Who knows, you might find a new favourite! 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when studying, so with any luck these ideas will help bust through that stress-induced fugue state into a more relaxed (and productive) zone.