Published: 07 December 2016

A week in the life of a civil engineering student

From environmental engineering lectures to keynote lectures on Crossrail, find out what the average week in the life of a civil engineering student looks like.

Civil engineer in the field


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


  • 9am to 11am – Structural Engineering Lecture
  • 12am to 1pm - Lunch at Youngs Kitchen
  • 2pm to 3pm – Structural Engineering Tutorial
  • 4pm to 7pm – Group Study session in the library


  • 10am to 12pm – Environmental Engineering and Hydrology Lecture
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch with coursemates
  • 2pm to 3pm – Dissertation Skills Lecture
  • 4pm to 7pm – Read literature towards my dissertation

 I’m glad I picked this university, as the facilities were great, both academically and socially, and my lecturers were fantastic and inspired me to push myself harder in my work.

Mike Frazer, MEng Civil Engineering 


  • 10am to 10:30am – Meeting with my dissertation tutor
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm – Lunch at home
  • 1pm to 5pm – Participate in varying sports representing Team Surrey


9am to 11am – Geotechnical Engineering Lecture
12pm to 1pm – Lunch at Hillside
1pm to 3pm - Structural Engineering Lecture
5pm to 7pm – Keynote Talk: Leading a Major Infrastructure Programme - Crossrail


12pm to 2pm - Research Skills Workshop for Dissertation
3pm to 4pm – Finite Element Analysis Computer Labs 
5pm to 7pm – Further work towards dissertationc


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, 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.

The course offers great opportunities to go on site visits and see current civil engineering projects up close. These trips can give us an insight into the project they are working on such as the Crossrail tunnel.

Chris Candy, MEng Civil Engineering

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 civil and environmental engineering degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey

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