Winter can be a cruel and harsh period for the vulnerable student. Deadlines are looming, you’ve realised your dissertation actually exists, and (worst of all) it’s absolutely bloody freezing. As the ‘Beast from the East’ has sent the UK into a crazed snow-storm panic, there is one question on everybody’s lips. No! It’s not, do you want to build a snowman?! It’s ‘can I turn up the heating’? A fierce battle will ensue between your housemates who want to keep warm, and your housemates who want to keep the bills down. But what if there was a compromise? A way to enforce a détente in this Cold, Cold War? Luckily for you, after several years of near-freezing to death in student accommodation, I’ve compiled a list of top ways to keep toasty without breaking the bank.
Invest in a hot water bottle and prepare to be amazed
Who knew that something so small could provide you with so much warmth and comfort? They’re cheap, they’re easy and if you buy one with a fluffy case they can act as a pretty good faux-pet. Check out these bad boys for under a tenner:
£7.99, Hot Water Bottle Ideas.
Stock up on hot-choccy
There is nothing more comforting than a delicious mug of hot choc on a cold winter’s eve. Add some marshmallows and whipped cream and you’re onto a real winner. There are sooooooooo many flavours available, but here’s the pick of our faves:
Galaxy, £2.60, Ocado.
Options Belgian Chocolate, £3.98, Morrisons.
(And for all you fitness fanatics), My Protein Skinny Hot Chocolate, £6.99, My Protein.
Get some cosy blankets
Perfect for draping across your shivering body whilst you try to plough through a 20-page reading on the meaning of Kant. Like a fluffy hug to tell you that it’s ok, life will get better. The best of the blankets include:
Channel your inner Cinderella and get some fiiinnnee slippers
Fluffy socks are so 2000 and late. It’s all about the slipper now, and particularly slipper boots. They’ll keep your feet looking and feeling hot- and the fluffier the better:
£15, Sea Salt Cornwall.
£16, Simply Be.
Handy hand warmers
The hot water bottle’s baby bro, these do exactly what they say on the tin. Much like us students, they come in all shapes and sizes- here’s some of the best and budget friendly:
£4.99, Mail Shop.
£6.99, The Hut.
So now you have no excuse to fight over the heating! Hallelujah, war is over.