What to do on reading week besides reading

Despite its name, everyone knows that little reading gets done during reading week. Here are some things you could do instead of studying next week.


Falls - via Bud, Flickr

This reading week, experience the Falls in the winter. (Courtesy Bud, Flickr)

Niagara Falls

Explore casinos, indoor amusement parks, the nightlife and the falls, just a short train ride from Union Station. Via Rail offers round trip service from Union Station for about $45, with trains leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m.. GO Transit is ten dollars cheaper and buses leave Union as early as 6 a.m. and return from Niagara as late as 1 a.m., making it an easy day trip option.


RSU Montreal Trip

Spend Feb. 18 to Feb. 21 in Canada’s poutine capital for $215. It includes travel, three nights’ accommodations and three nightclub events. There are additional packages available, like skiing or city tours. Tickets are on sale at the member services office, but hurry — Friday is the last day to join!

Concerts and sporting events

Where better to scream and let it all out than at a hockey game or a concert? The Leafs have four games during the break at the Air Canada Centre and the Tragically Hip, Bush, and Nickelback are also performing concerts. We promise not to tell anyone we saw you at that last one.

See cute baby animals

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The Tragically Hip, Bush and Nickelback are all performing at the Air Canada Centre during reading week. (Courtesy Pixabay)

For $23 you can explore The Toronto Zoo during its off-peak season. The indoor Ripley’s Aquarium is also an option if you want to avoid the snow. Discounted tickets are available at the RSU member services office for just $28.


Relax with some Netflix

Be a hermit. Take these nine days to sleep in and do nothing. Everybody needs “me time,” so lie on the couch with a blanket and your Netflix. What better way to relive your childhood than by watching all 236 episodes of Friends? Mathematically speaking, you could watch the entire series in six days, and have three days left to catch up on assignments before school resumes.


Draw from a hat

Have your friends write down something they’ve always wanted to do. Put the suggestions in a hat and draw one each day. Each day you and your friends will go on a surprise adventure, and who knows where you’ll end up.



Valentine’s Day falls during reading week. So dust off your skates and spend a romantic evening at one of the many free rinks downtown, like Nathan Phillips Square and the waterfront. Grab some hot chocolate afterwards and see where the rest of the night takes you.

(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Nathan Phillips Square offers free skating. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Catch up with friends

You know, those people you socialized with before you were consumed by school? Check in and see how they are doing.


Do something productive

Get ahead and start checking things off your to-do list. Clean your apartment or file your tax forms. Don’t let things pile up or you’ll end up doing it all later on top of schoolwork.


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