The English summertime is about picnics in the park, super-sweet strawberries and eating ice-cream at the seaside. As winter approaches and the nights draw in, the focus shifts to hearty meals, catching up on the latest movies with friends and getting in shape ready for the enormous calorie splurge that is the festive period.

Winter is all about cosy nights in and Collegiate properties provide the perfect location for this.  The long, chilly evenings are ideal for honing your cooking skills and swapping comfort food recipes from around the world with fellow residents. Do you know how to make a perfect beef stew with suet dumplings or an ultra-comforting hong shao rous? If not then now is the ideal time to learn.

Cosy nights in at Collegiate are also a great way to catch up on recent movies. Why not enjoy a spooky thriller from the safety of your duvet with a giant bowl of popcorn, or head to the common room to catch the latest comedy with friends? In properties such as 333 Bath Street in Glasgow, why not make a night of it and watch a couple of the latest movies back to back in the cinema room?

Long winter nights are also perfect for nestling into a comfortable armchair with a novel and losing yourself in another world for a few hours. Grab a great book and a particularly tasty bar of chocolate for the ultimate winter relaxation. If you have too much uni work on to settle to a novel, then swap it for a textbook and enjoy your research in the comfort of the common room or reading room, still with plenty of chocolate to reward your progress.

Of course, all that popcorn and chocolate-munching means that a gym session or two may well be in order. Many Collegiate properties come complete with their own private gym, for residents’ use only. So fight the flab on the treadmill or max out those muscles with some weights – whatever takes your fancy. The gym facilities are yours to use as you see fit.

Winter is a great time to be out enjoying city life in the UK but it’s also the perfect time to retreat to the warmth and familiarity of your home, so enjoy your cosy nights in at Collegiate as the evenings get longer.

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