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8 things to do in Toronto during reading week

Reading week in Toronto is regarded as the most wonderful time of the year by maxed out students who are in desperate need of some R&R. This year, U of T and Ryerson will be celebrating from February 13 to 19, trading in textbooks for events and outings. If you weren't able to save enough cash to jet set to Punta Cana, there's still a lot to do in the city.

Here are a round-up of things to do in Toronto during reading week.

Actually read
For avid partygoers, this idea may seem like a foreign concept, but it may just help turn your D's into C's. If you've spent the first half of your winter semester hitting the bar more than the books, reading week could help turn things around for you. Hit up one of these study sanctuaries - or a new haunt like Quantum Coffee, Krave Coffee or Constantinople - to invest some time in essays and exam prep.

Do some unusual activities
By now you've probably gotten your fill of axe throwing and escape rooms, but Toronto's got a ton more to offer in terms of indoor activities. If the weather is less-than-hospitable (and let's face it, February probably won't be so nice) hone your skills at indoor surfing, medieval martial arts or parkour instead of lying around in sweat pants.

Get out of town
Getting out of town doesn't always involve stepping onto a plane. Want to go on a vacation without leaving Southern Ontario? All of these destinations are only a car ride away. Whether you're into camping, cottaging or want to have a poor man's Vegas experience in Niagara Falls, there's plenty of options available.

De-stress at a spa
Just because you can't get spa treatments by the beach doesn't mean you shouldn't get them at all. Invest a little bit of cash and kick back at one of these relaxation destinations in the city (they may not be in Tahiti, but they're a few steps up from your apartment bathroom). If you don't have the funds for head-to-toe pampering, go for less expensive treatments at places like Blitz Facial Bar.

Have a staycation
If you, like so many Torontonians, failed to get a driver's license in your youth, a staycation is the way to go. Trade in your dorm digs for an Airbnb property and be a tourist in your own city. Even if you can drive, who wants to shell out gas money when you could have just as good a time in the city?

Get creative at a DIY spot
Spending a few days bonding with your Netflix account may seem ideal after weeks of lectures, but you should probably loosen your grasp on your laptop for at least a few hours this reading week. If you want to leave the internet behind for a little while, try one of these workshops. You may find you're good at something other than tracking down appropriate response GIFs .

Taste something new
2015 brought more than a few impressive eateries to Toronto, but not all come with hefty price tags. If your student budget has you considering eating food from your meal plan, think about trying one of these more affordable new restaurants. There's everything from mac n' cheese to bahn mi on these menus, so your bound to find something worth leaving campus for.

Attend some events
Lucky for you, one of the most star-studded athletic events is happening during reading week. The NBA All-Star Weekend will bring athletes, comedians and more to the city from Febraury 12-14. If you're not into sports, no worries. There's also TIFF's Next Wave, the final instalments of Long Winter and more happening that week. Check our events section for listings.

What did I miss? Add what you'll be doing during reading week to the comments.

Photo by Ernie Kwong in the blogTO Flickr Pool.

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