Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a business student

From business decision making seminars to lunch by the campus lake, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year business students at Surrey.

Business management students sitting down

Typical Timetable

The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit the Business and Management subject page and select your degree programme.


  • 9am to 10am – Business Skills lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – Economics for Business Lecture
  • 1pm to 2pm – Lunch by the lake
  • 2pm to 5pm – Prepare for the week’s seminars in the Library


  • 11am to 12pm – Marketing Principles seminar
  • 12pm to 1pm – Meet course mates for lunch at Hillside
  • 1pm to 2pm – Walk over to the Library and Learning Centre to work on upcoming assignment
  • 2pm to 3pm – Business Ethics lecture
  • 3pm to 5pm – Library session

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  • 10am to 11am – Business Decision Making seminar
  • 11am to 12pm – Retail Marketing Lecture
  • 1:30pm – Arrive home for lunch


  • 10am to 11am – Financial Accounting seminar
  • 11am to 12pm – Meeting with module tutor to discuss plans for upcoming assignment and receive feedback on a presentation given the week before
  • 1:30pm – Back to halls for essay prep and essential course reading


  • 9am to 10am – Check Virtual Learning Environment for lecture notes and information on upcoming assignment
  • 10am to 2pm - Complete reading for next week’s lectures and seminars with a break for lunch
  • 2pm to 5pm – Group revision session in the library, followed by assignment work


Outside of lectures and library sessions, there’s lots to do during your free time at Surrey.

Campus life

The Students’ Union lies at the heart of campus life. With over 100 sports clubs and societies on offer (such as BizSoc), it’s bursting with opportunities for you to discover new interests, have fun and make friends. The Union nightclub, Rubix, is a popular choice for nights out, and our beautiful lakeside campus has plenty of places to get a coffee, drink or bite to eat.

Ten minutes to town

The campus is also a short ten-minute walk from Guildford town centre, home to over 70 pubs, bars and restaurants. From ice skating at Guildford Spectrum to watching a film at the Odeon, Guildford has plenty to offer when you’re looking for a well-earned break from your studies.

Further afield

From London to the coast, discover some of the places our students like to visit during their free time at University.

Learn more about our business and management degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were named ‘Best University for Student Experience’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016