Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a nursing student

From Personal Tutor meetings to simulated practice sessions, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year nursing students at Surrey.


Typical timetable

The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit the Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery subject page and select your degree programme.


  • 9am to 12pm - Prepare for mock Psychical Health Science examination using resources on SurreyLearn
  • 2pm to 4pm - General reading, including articles related to Concepts of Caring lecture on Tuesday.


  • 9am to 10:30am - Physical Health Science lecture
  • 10:30am to 12pm - Discussion session looking at the cardiovascular system
  • 12pm to 1pm - Lunch at Hillside
  • 1pm to 4pm - Concepts of Caring module – attend a really interesting debate where service users, carers and practitioners discussed their views and experiences of caring
  • 4:30pm to 6pm - Meet coursemates at Library and Learning Centre for study session.


  • 9am to 12pm - Prepare for Moving and Handling session next week. Look at information related to regulations associated with moving and handling practices

"The facilities at Surrey are excellent and we have access to the Simulation Suite which replicates typical scenarios found in hospital. There is also an extensive Library which is open almost 24 hours a day."

Stuart Renowden, BSc Child Nursing.


  • 9am to 10am - Personal Tutor group meeting
  • 10am to 4pm - Simulated practice session focusing upon communication skills – actors come in and play the part of the patients!


  • 9am to 12pm - Revision and study session at the Library with coursemates, work on Concepts of Caring essay.

Work hard, play hard

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 Students' Union are great at organising events and there is always something going on around campus. The facilities on campus are also brilliant, even the food and drink - Lakeside Restaurant make an awesome white hot chocolate!”

Rachel Parsons, BSc Child Nursing.

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 Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery 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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