9 Productive Hobbies for College Students

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If you’re like me then you LOVE having a hobby. Or 10!

Personally, I like to bounce around between a bunch of different hobbies so that I never get tired of any one! Unfortunatley, this means I never really master any of them, but that’s fine by me!

I also love being productive with my time. So creating something is a must for me.

With these things in mind, this is a list of 10 great productive hobbies for college students to do in their down time.

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For a lot of us this was one of the first hobbies we ever picked up! Coloring and drawing as a kid is so common, but it falls away so quickly when we start comparing ourselves to others.

Maybe it’s time to pick up the pencil or paintbrush again!

If you think you don’t have the artistic gene don’t count yourself out so quickly! You might not have found the right medium yet!

I come from a family of artists, everyone on my mom’s side is insanely talented. I thought I never got that gift when I was younger until I realized that I hated drawing with a pencil and preferred pen. I also realized that watercolors make way more sense to me than acrylics (unlike the rest of my family)

Try out a bunch of different things and see what sticks! Even if you’re not initially good at it, but you enjoy it, keep going!

If you want some marker recommendations I highly suggest the Copic Markers just like anyone else who draws with markers, but If you want a more budget-friendly beginner option try out the Ohuhu markers! I hear great things about them! Just make sure to get the brush tips!

If you want to talk watercolors get something in a tray like these! The tubes of watercolor are harder to learn with, in my opinion, and you’ll probably get way more colors in a tray!


I know a surprising number of people my age who either knit or crochet…maybe I tend to befriend a certain type of person?

Either way, making things out of yarn is a great way to pass time and make something awesome.

It also makes Christmas a little cheaper because a pair of handmade socks are a sentimental but useful gift to give! And all you’re really investing in is time and some yarn.


If you’re looking for a hobby that might one day turn into a job, journaling is the one!

Do you know how many people HATE writing?! They just hate it with such a passion! But also think about how many things we read every day: books, posts, articles, blog posts, magazines!

Journaling is a great way to stop being afraid of writing and start developing your own voice.

When you journal you’re also reflecting on your day and yourself. This is a great way to improve yourself as a person and potentially start working on skills for a career!

I highly recommend getting a notebook for your journaling. I’ve always used Moleskines and they come in both lined and unlined versions!

If you’re stuck on what to write about, just write about your day! If you want other topics to challenge yourself with, try looking up a 30 day challenge on Pinterest!

Making Stickers

Making stickers is a new hobby that I’ve gotten into.

As a nerdy scientist, I wanted stickers to put around our lab that made science jokes! So I made my own!

All you need is some sticker paper, scissors, and a printer! The ones I use are linked!

Then you can make any sticker you can imagine! Just print out any design of saying that you want onto the sticker paper and cut them out!

You can also watch this YouTube video if you want a more in-depth explanation.

One day you might even want to open up your own sticker shop! If you do, let me know! I would love to see your artwork!

Play an Instrument

If you’re musically inclined this is a great hobby to pick up!

I tried playing the guitar many times before and just never stuck with it. If you can actually play, that’s amazing!

Playing an instrument is great for your mind and creativity, I was also told once that it makes you a better language learner! (I don’t remember where I heard that so I don’t know how accurate that is!)

Make YouTube Videos

Making YouTube videos is another hobby that might one day turn into a job!

They are super fun to make and really let you show off your creative side. I’ve recently gotten in into making a few of them and it’s been a lot of fun!

All you really need is a camera and a microphone. I use my DSLR camera but you can totally use a cell phone!

I definitely recommend using an external microphone though. Your video quality can be terrible but if you have good audio people are still willing to watch it! These come pretty cheaply! The one I used is on Amazon for about $20.

Making videos is so much fun and a great way to show your creativity to the world!

Learn a Language

Learning a new language is a awesome hobby to pick up. Not only are you using your brain muscle, you can make connections you never would have been able to before!

Now is a great time to learn a new language, it doesn’t matter how old or smart you are, anyone can do it!

I like to use physical books like Wheelock’s Latin. If you prefer a more interactive way to learn try out an app like Duolingo or a program like Rosetta Stone! These have you talking out loud so you learn faster.


This is currently one of my main hobbies, mostly because running a blog requires picture taking.

If you’ve never tried photography before I highly recommend that you give it a shot. It’s super easy to get into and you can start getting really cool shots on your first day.

The learning curve is pretty easy and you can do it with your cell phone nowdays!

If you’re looking into getting a camera, I suggest the Canon 80D which is what I have! It takes great pictures and video and isn’t as pricey as some of its competitors. If you don’t want to spend that much though try something in the Canon Rebel line! These cameras are much more affordable for a DSLR and they still do pretty well!

Grow Plants

If you’re looking for a hobby to make your soul warm and happy, growing plants is the way to go. I get so much joy and satisfaction when my little plants grow a new leaf.

It’s really not hard to start and some plants are VERY hard to kill!

Just make sure that the light you have available matches the light requirements of the plant. I only have East facing windows in my house so I always need to make sure that I get plants that are okay with that.

Do you currently participate in any of these hobbies? Are there hobbies that you do that others might enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope all of you find a hobby that you enjoy!

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