Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a psychology student

From statistics lectures to academic tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year psychology students at Surrey.

Hillside restaurant


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


1pm to 2pm – Academic tutorial

2pm to 4pm – Late lunch

4pm to 5pm – Biological Psychology Lecture


10am to 12pm – Work on essay assignment

12pm to 1pm – Lunch with friends at Hillside

1pm to 2pm – Statistics lecture

3pm to 4pm – Essential reading for lectures


11am to 1pm – Work on statistics assignment

2pm to 3pm – Meet with personal tutor


11am to 12pm – Statistics workshop

1pm to 2pm – Developmental Psychology lecture

3pm to 3:30pm – Walk back to flat with friends on course and discuss assignments and essays

5pm to 6pm – Write up lecture notes


12pm to 1pm – Classics in Personality theory lecture

2pm to 4pm – Work in library to complete essential reading and write notes

4pm to 5pm – Developmental Psychology 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 (such as Psych Soc), 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.

"I strongly encourage anyone joining the University to join a society, as it is really great fun. Being part of Surrey Dance Squad really defined my university life, enabled great opportunities to meet like-minded people and to participate in amazing competitions and socials."

Salina Iten, BSc Psychology

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 Psychology 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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