Published: 02 August 2016

A week in the life of a food, nutrition and dietetics student

From microbiology seminars to lunch at the weekly international food market, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year food, nutrition and dietetics students at Surrey.

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Typical Timetable

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


  • 11am to 12pm - Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World seminar
  • 12pm to 1pm - Food Science and Nutrition lecture 
  • 2pm to 4pm - Cell Biology seminar


  • 11am to 12pm - Personal Tutor meeting
  • 12pm to 1pm - Food Science and Nutrition lecture
  • 1pm to 2pm - Grab lunch at Hillside with coursemates
  • 2pm to 6pm - Study session at Library and Learning Centre to work on upcoming assignment

"The Library is my favourite place to go when I have coursework and exams."

Felicia Frances, BSc Nutrition and Food Science


  • 11am to 12pm - Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World seminar


  • 9am to 10am - Chemistry and Maths for the Biosciences lecture
  • 10am to 12pm - Grab snacks at SimplyFresh and work on assignment in the Library
  • 2pm to 5pm - Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World laboratory session


  • 9am to 10am - Food Science and Nutrition seminar
  • 11am to 12pm - Cell Biology lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm - Chemistry and Maths for the Biosciences seminar
  • 2pm to 5pm - Cell Biology for Nutrition and Sport Science practical


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 the Nutrition Society), 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.

“Being a campus university, Surrey has a close-knit and integrated feel. In your first year I think this can be really important in helping you settle in and feel at home. It’s also really helpful that all the academic buildings and amenities are located just a few minutes’ walk from each other.”

Bethany Spicer, BSc Nutrition and Food Science

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.

"Surrey's campus is one of the nicest I've seen. It has calm open spaces but is only half an hour from London - the best of both worlds!"

Rebecca Smethurst, BSc Nutrition

Learn more about our Food, Nurition and Dietetics 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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