Taking a walk in The Old Town is also a way to pass the time! Though somewhat of a tourist trap, fondue restaurants and expensive souvenir shops are common in the Old Town, the old buildings and narrow streets are charming enough, and the area has generous offerings of quirky shops and cosy restaurants.
Another thing that makes Zürich a student-friendly city is the extensive public transportation system. However, if the fees seem a little high you can always rent a bike. ‘Rent’ is actually not the right term here; the city of Zürich is giving out bikes for free! Leave a CHF 20 deposit at one of the Züri rollt containers and enjoy the city on two wheels. You might want to cycle down either side of the lake, or simply use the bike to get around town quicker.
Most cinemas also show movies in English or at least with English subtitles. So on a Friday night, it’s easy to jump on a train to the centre and go catch a movie.