Published: 09 April 2019

A week in the life of an accounting and finance student

Final year BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance student Isaaq Yunis tells us a bit about what it’s like to study at Surrey – from his typical timetable, to how he enhances his professional skills.

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A typical week


"I like to begin my week with a fresh, early start at 6am. The first thing I do every morning is a session at the gym in Surrey Sports Park to get my blood flowing and my mind switched on. Every week is incredibly important not just for my degree, but for my mental strength as well. I return from the gym around 7:45am. During this time, I get ready for the day and enjoy listening to news briefings on Bloomberg or the BBC depending on the current political or business climate.

For me, Mondays are fairly quiet in terms of lectures, having only one between 11am and 1pm. Outside these hours, I usually try and develop a new skill to enhance my personal portfolio. Recently, I decided to improve my skills on the Bloomberg Terminal software system, as I discovered it’s essential to the financial services industry, and so an important skill for me to have. Having traded CFDs previously, I understand the derivatives market fairly well and, with Bloomberg, this will only develop further. I usually continue my ‘desk jobs’ until 5pm, after which I return home to prepare for my part-time job. I work four evenings a week to help fund my studies here at Surrey.


Tuesdays are my heaviest days in terms of lectures and tutorials. I have the same morning routine of going to the gym early, but this time my lectures begin at 9am and continue until 1pm. Afterwards, I have a one-hour break and then two tutorials up until 4pm. In the evening, I usually start to gather my notes in a method that works best for me and to make revision easier.

"I decided to improve my skills on the Bloomberg Terminal software system, as I discovered it’s essential to the financial services industry."


My Wednesdays consist of an early start at Lakeside. My first class begins at 9am and is followed by a lecture from 10am to 12 noon. Students across the University will usually finish early on a Wednesday to make time for societies or sports. In the evening, I am usually found at my part-time job between 7pm and 11pm. In previous years, I played rugby for the University, but have since had to focus more on my professional skills as well as my part-time job.


My week usually begins to wind down by Thursday, with only one tutorial at 3pm. I use this as an opportunity to have a lie-in before I begin my day. I then finish up writing all my notes for the week from 11am until my tutorial at 3pm. After my tutorial, I go home to make some food and prepare for a four-hour work shift.


I have no classes on Friday but I like to end my week on a high note, so I start my day at 6am at the gym and then I go for a swim straight after my session. Surrey Sports Park has great facilities which cater for all serious gym-goers as well as the more casual. On my return, I tend to do my grocery shop at the local Tesco at around 1pm. I then try and get down to the Bloomberg terminals to continue my work there. After that, I round off my week with a work shift from 6pm until 10pm; and on occasions, head to the Students’ Union to relax with my friends!"

"Students across the University will usually finish early on a Wednesday to make time for societies or sports."

Choosing Surrey

"I enjoy the complexity and variety that my BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance course offers. It gives me an excellent level of knowledge and understanding of topics ranging from how to value companies, to understanding financial statements, all the way through to corporate strategy methods.

My favourite thing about Surrey has to be Surrey Sports Park and the variety of societies on offer. The Sports Park provides students with excellent facilities – including a comprehensive gym, swimming pool and even a climbing wall! There is something for everyone no matter what your interests are.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend Welcome Fair during your first week on campus, where you’ll get the chance to see the wide variety of societies available to join. Whether you enjoy sports such as rugby or football, or more thought-provoking gatherings such as the Model United Nations Society, there will always be something for you to get actively involved in."

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