Top Netflix Movies For Students In Self-Quarantine

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If you’re currently having to self-isolate in your luxury student accommodation, what better way to spend it than with a big movie marathon?

There’s plenty of movies on Netflix to keep you busy for hours and hours, all you need to do is make sure you have plenty of snacks!

Whether you’re into spooky horror films, or you prefer a light-hearted comedy, you’re spoilt for choice on Netflix, a movie lover’s heaven.

We’ve done our research and gathered a list of the top Netflix movies for students in self-quarantine, so don’t worry, you’ll be making the most of your isolation time.

Scary Movies To Watch On Halloween


Rating – 10/10

With four films now in the Insidious franchise (two of them being on Netflix) you’ll definitely need a pillow to hide behind when watching this.

Directed by James Wan, the story focuses on couple whose son enters a comatose state for a variety of different entities known as ‘the further’ dimension.

Supernatural activity continues throughout the house whilst Dalton the son is in a coma, so the family call Elise Rainer, a psychic with paranormal investigators Specs and Tucker.

Without giving too much of the plot away, this film is incredibly creepy, perfect to watch on Halloween with plenty of popcorn.

The Conjuring

Rating – 9/10

Directed by James Wan once again is The Conjuring, with two main films and another one on the way in 2021!

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

As expected, the house is possessed, but is the demonic attack way beyond the Warrens’ powers? If you’re planning to watch this Netflix movie during your self-quarantine, make sure the lights are on!

Paranormal Activity

Rating – 7/10

This is a classic horror film you need to watch if you fancy a fright!

The first instalment of Paranormal Activity centres on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home.

They set up a camera to see if they can work out what’s happening, and the results are terrifying! Take a note – this movie focuses on the couple’s bedroom so if you’re self-quarantining in a studio flat it might feel quite realistic.

Paranormal Activity will keep you on the edge of your seat, but if you’re brave enough, this is a great film to watch in the dark.


Rating – 8/10

This spooky 2018 horror film, written and directed by Ari Aster, focuses on a family haunted by a mysterious presence after the death of their secretive grandmother.

Her daughter and grandchildren try to uncover the terrifying secrets about their ancestry, discovering their seriously sinister fate!

The movie is available on Netflix and perfect for a student night in, whether you’re planning a quieter Halloween or just a spooky film night.

Cosy Netflix Movies Perfect For Rainy Weather


Rating – 9/10

Matilda is a super feel-good film, guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Best of all – it’s on UK Netflix!

The film adaptation of the Roald Dahl book tells the story of Matilda Woodworm, a gifted girl who has to put up with her rather mean parents and mother.

She also has to deal with her evil principal, Agatha Trunchball.

Once Matilda realises she has magical powers, she defends her friends from Trunchball’s wrath. Need a heart-warming movie to get you through quarantine – you can watch Matilda again and again.

The Grand Budapest Hotel


For students self-quarantining in a shared flat there is no better movie on Netlix. As a bonus point you’ll be able to impress all the people on the Film course.

This very aesthetically pleasing comedy/drama film is written and directed by Wes Anderson, and is the perfect feel-good movie to watch when you’re in quarantine.

It’s based on a writer who encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years!

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a striking, visually pleasing film that’s very easy on the eye, and generally very heart-warming.

La La Land


If you love a good musical, La La Land is the one for you, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone!

The film focuses on a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love whilst pursuing their dreams in L.A.

There’s plenty of laughs and tears along the way, and this isn’t exactly your typical romantic comedy film, but it’s very unique and beautifully visualized.

Grab your favourite snack, get comfy in your luxury accommodation, and get ready to enjoy this heart-warming musical on Netflix.

The Holiday

Rating- 10/10

This Netflix movie is not only perfect for the self-quarantining student, it’s also a real tearjerker, for all the right reasons!

English rose Iris (Kate Winslet) agrees to swap homes with Californian Amanda (Cameron Diaz), and it’s safe to say they live very opposite lives.

Both very unlucky in love, the last thing they want is any contact with men!

Amanda makes the most of the idyllic English village and manages to fall in love and Iris happens to run into the perfect man on her travels too.

But how will it work, considering this is just a holiday? You’ll just have to watch it and find out!

Long Movies For A Marathon



This film is rather hard to explain, but trust us, it’s a fabulous long Netflix movie to watch to really take your mind off everything.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the ability to enter people’s dreams, his skill has made him a hot topic in the world of business but has also cost him everything he loves.

Director Christopher Nolan wanted Inception to reflect the idea that dreams seem real for as long as they are happening.

If that’s not enough to hook you, there’s an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine and of course, Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Irishman

Rating – 9/10

Running for around 3 and a half hours long, this film will definitely keep you occupied for a while! But not to worry, since you’re a self-quarantining student you have all the time in the world to watch Netflix, without a dash of guilt.

Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and his crime family.

Directed by the one and only Martin Scorsese, watch the story unravel and be kept on the edge of your seat the whole time!

Django Unchained


This Quentin Tarantino classic is 2 hours 45 minutes long, the perfect Netflix movie for students sat twiddling their thumbs in quarantine.

Two years before the civil war, Django (Jamie Foxx) a slave, finds himself accompanying unorthodox bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) to capture The Brittle Brothers.

If they complete their mission, Django will be free! They end up at an infamous plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DeCaprio), where the story unfolds.

In true Tarantino fashion, this film is visually pleasing with some impeccable acting.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch


Bandersnatch is an amazing interactive experience like no other, bound to keep you busy!

Written by series creator Charlie Brooker, viewers are able to make decisions for the main character Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), who is adapting a gamebook into a video game in the 80s.

The film was actually named after a real video game planned for release in 1984, and really gets you involved with the plot.

The main characters fate is really all down to you, which is what makes Bandersnatch so exciting!

All you’ll need to do is get Netflix on your laptop and start watching. And since you have time to spare in quarantine, why not try and find all the possible endings?

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