As a student, you’ll spend a fair amount of your downtime connecting with friends and family over video chat. Virtual hangouts are a great way to feel closer to your nearest and dearest, and are so much better than phone calls for helping us feel together.
To keep things fresh and interesting, many of us are looking for fun, new ways to enjoy virtual hangouts, rather than just having one-to-one chats all the time. So, here are 10 fun ideas for virtual hangouts that will beat the boredom and help you enjoy memorable experiences with your loved ones.
Quizzes are a great shout when lots of friends get together for a virtual hangout. Whether you host one yourself or use a quiz-enabled conference app like Houseparty, they’re a great way to add a little friendly competition to your remote party. Keep a score and make sure you have a prize, whether it’s an e-voucher or something to enjoy when you’re all back together.
The beauty of virtual conferencing with friends and family is that it helps you feel together, even when you’re not. Doing simple, everyday things like watching a film together is a great way to normalise being virtually connected, and you’ll genuinely feel like you’ve spent the evening together. Simply sync up and make sure you hit play at the same time, so you can enjoy your chosen film scene for scene.
Everyone’s favourite cookery show Come Dine With Me may sound like the sort of thing that’s hard to replicate virtually, but with a little forward planning, it’s possible. Each day, elect a person to create a recipe that they’ll then share with the group. Everyone should then head online and get cooking, before enjoying the meal together. At the end, you all cast a score on how successful the recipe was.
Album listening parties have been around for a while now, and often take place on the radio or on social media. But, they’re a cool thing to do over a video chat too, with everyone turning up to listen to a classic album. Make sure everyone hits play at the same time and invite your mates to share stories and memories for each track, or else just have a chat.
There are all sorts of games you can play over a video conference, including classic party games, board games and games in-built in the apps themselves. Get creative and come up with a party game that will keep everyone entertained. Classics like Charades, Pictionary and 21 Questions are perfect for in-video play, while you can also play board games like Battleships. The Houseparty app has a handful of built-in games too.
With so much going on in the world right now, you’re probably looking for any distraction from the day-to-day. So, with this in mind, why not host a debate or get into some of life’s big questions? When you and all your mates are stuck at home, what better time to spend getting to know each other a little more deeply. There are sites out there that generate interesting topics of discussion, so you can get into some interesting discussions or just have a laugh answering daft questions you might not normally ask.
A book club is a great way to share your love for a good read. There are already lots of virtual book clubs out there that you can join, or you can host one with your friends and family. Traditionally, everyone reads the same book and then talks about it each week, but there are no rules against having a more free-for-all. So long as everyone is committed to reading a book a week, you can have some great chats while catching up with your nearest and dearest.
Do you miss sitting around, chatting with your mates and listening to music? Perhaps you’re used to dancing the night away every Saturday evening? Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy music together. Elect someone to DJ each week and bring the dancefloor to your living room.
Cooking is another one of those day-to-day tasks that you can do while on video chat with your friends and family. Sit your laptop down on the countertop and cook as you normally would, only with your besties or mum and dad listening in on the other end of the line. Cooking together will help you feel connected without having to have your ear pressed to a phone, and will help brighten up any mundane old Tuesday evening.
If you’re used to going to the gym or a yoga class with your friends, you can still workout together over a video conference. Whether you enjoy meditating, yoga, Pilates or something a little more strenuous, there are lots of different ways to share a workout together. Try watching a workout video or following on with an online yoga class, or enlist the help of one of your more active mates to show you the ropes.
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We hope this guide proves useful in helping you come up with creative ways to connect with your friends and family, even if you can’t be with them. At Nido, we offer more than just stylish student accommodation – we help build communities where you feel comfortable, happy and connected. For more information, visit the homepage today