Nights out at Uni have become a cultural expectation for students and although they can be fun, it’s important to remember than nights in are just as valuable – and fun.

Sometimes the pressure to go out all the time can become too much and make you feel like the odd one out if you choose to stay in. Whether you’re the life and soul of the party or more comfortable chilling at home with friends, there’s no right or wrong way to socialise at Uni.


Even if you’re happy always going out-out, a night off once in a while is also good for your mental health in order to maintain a balance. This could be having a film night with housemates, cooking dinner with a friend or reading a book with a cup of tea in bed. This comes back to self-care and doing what’s best for you, so next time you’re having a night off, share a picture on your social media, tag the Union and #haveanightoff to share your night off ideas with other students.

If you are going OUT-OUT, know your limits.

If you feel that your use of drugs and/or alcohol is having a negative effect on your life then seeking support from your GP is a good place to start. They can discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment either at the practice or your local drug service. At any time you can contact the Student Welfare team for advice and support.

Talk to Frank - Visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services. If you're having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options.

Forward Leeds is the alcohol and drug service in Leeds for adults, young people and families so if you're looking for help for yourself or someone else, get in touch with Forward Leeds.

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