How to have fun with your flatmates without leaving your flat

30 Oct 2020
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Under Covid-19 restrictions and looking for something to do with your flatmates from the comfort of your own home? Our Student Ambassadors have put together a list of fun ideas to help keep you busy.

From cooking competitions to art sessions, there’s a range of activities for you to try. All you need is an open mind, some creativity and a willingness to have a laugh with your flatmates.

1) Have a cook off

Create a list of random ingredients and see who can cook the best meal out of them. Take it in turns with your flatmates, judging each other's dishes. The best meal is the winner.

2) Come dine with your flatmates

Just like the famous TV show, Come Dine With Me, each of your flatmates takes it in turns to wine and dine the others. You can plan it however you want, but we’d recommend each person cooks at least two courses and provides some entertainment on their dedicated night.

At the end of each evening, everyone in the flat scores the experience and food. Once everyone has entertained through the week, a winner is announced and wins a prize or trophy.

3) Run cooking classes

Do you have a favourite dish from home? Continuing with the cooking theme, teach your flatmates how to cook it and eat together. Eating is a great way to sit down, stop what you're doing and to catch up. Plus, this is a great way to add some variety to your diet going forward.

4) Get involved in some model making

This might sound like a strange idea, but it’s actually a lot of fun and gives you the chance to get creative. Simply collect stuff from around the flat and build something together using tape and string - it could be anything! Have a competition and see who makes the most obscure item with the best backstory.

5) Turn back time and get creative with playdough

You might think playdough is for kids, but it will actually bring hours of fun to the flat. You could play a game of Rapidough. This is a fun twist on charades, where you have to create a model out of the playdough from a list of items you and your flatmates have come up with. You only have a limited amount of time to make the model and for people to guess.

If you don’t want to buy the game, it’s really easy to make it up yourself. All you need is some playdough (you could even use blu tack if you don’t want to spend much money). You can then play around with the rules so that they suit you.

6) Get together for an arty afternoon

Test each other’s drawing and painting skills by dedicating an afternoon to art. You could try drawing or painting a portrait of each other. Or why not go for something more abstract and let your creativity run wild. You can then hang your pieces of art in your living area.

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Staff writer at The Common Room