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Wellbeing & Support

Keeping warm this winter

By LucyMcDonald 26 Nov 2023

Winter in Leeds can be a beautiful time of year, but it can also pose some challenges for students.

As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, it's important to stay warm and cosy while also being aware of the potential issues that come with the change in weather. We’ve put together some practical tips on staying warm and being mindful of the impact of winter on your wellbeing.



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Bundle up

Leeds' winter can be pretty unforgiving at times, so investing in a good winter coat, gloves, scarves, and a hat is crucial. Layering is key, so don't be afraid to pile on those sweaters and thermal socks to protect yourself from the cold winds that sweep through the city!

There are plenty of shops in and around the city centre where you can stock up on your winter essentials. 

Embrace the cosy life

Bring a bit of cosiness into your life and your accommodation. Create a warm and inviting space in your room by adding blankets, cushions, and warm lighting.

By making a comfortable and welcoming environment for yourself, you’ll be able to relax and get cosy at home after a long day.

Check your heating

Make sure your accommodation's heating system is working efficiently, and speak to your site team if you have any issues or are unsure of how to use it.

Keeping your living space warm not only contributes to your well-being but also reduces the risk of issues like dampness.

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Winter health awareness

Winter can bring about health challenges, such as colds, flu and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Make sure you have some simple medical supplies to help you deal with common Winter illnesses and ensure you're taking care of your physical and mental health by eating well, staying active, and getting enough sunlight.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to reach out to the University's support services or your local GP.

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Hot drinks and comfort food

Warm yourself from the inside out by sipping on hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Not only will they keep you warm, but they can also be a comforting study companion during those long winter nights.

You might also consider incorporating hearty, warm meals into your diet to boost your energy and keep your body temperature up.

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Getting around

Winter in Leeds often means unpredictable weather conditions, so it's wise to plan your commute with extra time. Be aware of potential delays due to bad weather and check for any travel disruptions before heading out.

If there is snow or ice, be careful and take your time when walking around outside as the ground may be very slippery. Stick to well-lit areas and always let someone know your plans if you're out and about during the evening.

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LucyMcDonald Marketing Executive for Residence Life. Fun fact: I'm a Leeds native and I specialised in VFX and CGI before having a career change and getting into the wonderful world of Marketing!
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