Survival guide: Keeping warm this Winter

Posted 8 months ago

Brrr'illiant ways to stay toasty

The temperature has definitely changed, salads have been swapped for soups and the waterproof boots are on. Staying warm in your accommodation during colder months will keep your environment cosy and help your overall wellbeing. Embrace some of these strategies to ensure your accommodation becomes a warm and welcoming space throughout the winter months.

Maximize your comfort at night: Your bed is your sanctuary. Layer it with extra blankets, cosy throws, and a higher tog duvet to keep warm at night. Thermal or flannel bedsheets can also make a significant difference in retaining body heat.

Invest in a hot bottle: A hot water bottle is a cheap and easy way to keep you warm. You can order one online or buy one from most large supermarkets. Fill the hot water bottle with hot water and place it in your bed before sleeping to keep it warm. Always use a cover on the hot water bottle and don't use boiling water straight from the kettle. Browse hot water bottles.

Layer up: Layering isn’t just for your bed. Opt for warm sweaters, thermal wear, and warm socks to keep yourself warn indoors. Take layers with you when you are out and about, and don't hesitate to wrap up, especially in the evenings. Wear hats, gloves, scarves, and thermal socks to keep extremities warm when travelling to and from lectures.

Cook together: Enjoy communal cooking sessions. Using the kitchen not only provides warm meals but also generates heat. We love hearty soups, sausage casserole and chilli can carne. Cooking together can be a fun way to spend times with your flatmates while keeping your space warm.

Stay active: Engage in physical activity to generate body heat. Exercise, even if it's just a little, can help keep you warm.

Hot drinks as warmers: Stock up on hot beverages like tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Not only do they warm you up from the inside, but they also provide comfort during study sessions.

Prep your room: To contain warmth within your bedroom, keep doors and windows closed and use draft blockers to prevent heat from escaping. You should also draw curtains when dark to keep the heat in the room. 

Understand your heating: All heating is switched off overnight, but we aim to keep a minimum temperature within each room of 16 degrees centigrade and a maximum of 20 degrees centigrade during the hours of 7am to 11.59pm. The radiators may only be warm to the touch and could go off completely should the internal temperature reach 20 degrees.

Report any concerns: If you feel that your room temperature is below 16 degrees centigrade, please let us know and we will get the report of your room’s temperature from Campus Infrastructure to identify if there is a problem.

Report concerns about the temperature in your room.