Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of an engineering student

From Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics lectures to production labs, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year engineering students at Surrey.

Students looking at Formula Student racing car


The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit the Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Sciences subject page and select your degree programme.


  • 9am to 10am – Materials and Statics lecture
  • 10am to 11am – Mathematics lecture
  • 11am to 12am – Study period
  • 12pm to 2pm – Lunch with housemates at Hillside
  • 2pm to 5pm – Design and Component Production CAD tutorial


  • 9am to 10am – Materials and Statics lecture
  • 10am to 11am – Mathematics lecture
  • 11am to 12pm - Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – lunch with housemates
  • 4pm to 6pm – Do coursework in Library 

"My course, projects and Professional Training placement have given me the confidence, as well as engineering and business awareness, to successfully start a career. I understand now what it means to be an engineer."

Alexander Patton, BEng Aerospace Engineering


  • 9am to 10am – Materials and statics lecture
  • 10am to 11am – Design & component production lecture
  • 12pm to 2pm – Lunch with housemates
  • 2pm to 4pm – Sport activity


  • 9am to 10am – Prepare for Mathematics and Statics tutorial
  • 10am to 11am – Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics lecture
  • 11am to 12pm – Mathematics Lecture
  • 12pm to 1:30pm– Lunch by the lake
  • 1:30pm to 4:30pm – Design & Component production Workshop
  • 5pm to 6pm – Practice computer simulations
  • 6pm to 7pm – Do coursework in Library


  • 11am to 12pm – Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – Mathematics Lecture
  • 1pm - Grab a quick lunch from SimplyFresh
  • 2pm to 3pm Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics Tutorial
  • 3pm to 4 pm – Mathematics Tutorial
  • 4pm to 5pm Materials and Statics tutorial


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.

"Thinking back over my time at Surrey, my strongest memories are of the lifelong friends I made from the course, sports teams and Students’ Union. I’d encourage current and future students to get involved in plenty of extracurricular activities."

Tim Goodman, BEng Mechanical 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 Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering 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

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