A week in the life of a chemical engineering student
From studying reactor dynamics in the lab to a ‘Citrus’ night at the Students’ Union club, Conor Copithorne Crainey describes the average week in the life of a second year chemical engineering student.
The following timetable is a general example – for the latest module information, visit the Chemical and Process Engineering subject page and select your degree programme.
9am – Reaction Engineering lecture
10am – Finish questions from tutorials/seminars
12pm – Fish and chips at Hillside!
1pm – More Reaction Engineering and Control lectures
5pm – Home to cook dinner
6pm – Two hours of tutoring A-level students
9am – Numerical methods lab: this is a great chance to get some help with coursework
10am – Group meeting for a project
11am – Engineering Thermodynamics tutorial
1pm – Eat lunch I prepared at home
2pm – Thermodynamics lecture
3pm – Head to the library to continue working on coursework
7pm – Dinner with housemates
9am – Fluid Mechanics and Mass Transfer lectures
12pm – Home for lunch
2pm – Assignment work
7pm – Cook dinner and enjoy some Netflix
8pm – Get ready for going out in the evening
10pm – Head to ‘Citrus’ at the Students’ Union club, Rubix
9am – Lab session studying reactor dynamics
12pm – Time to go and see my personal tutor
2 pm – Process Control lectures
5pm – Applied Thermodynamics lecture
7pm – Dinner and more Netflix!
10am – Tutorials on all modules throughout the day
12pm – Lunch from Simply Fresh, the on-campus supermarket
2pm – Group session in the library, followed by working on individual coursework
3pm to 5pm – Final lectures of the week!
6pm – Takeaway with my housemates and then maybe off to Rubix
9am – Revise, answer some tutorial questions or do a bit of coursework
12pm – Meet friend for lunch in Guildford town centre, then back home for a study session
6pm – Time to stop studying! Dinner and a movie
10am – Weekly shop at Tesco
11am – Study time
12pm – Lunch with housemates
2pm – Facetime course mates to complete a section of our project before Monday
WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Outside of lectures and library sessions, there’s lots to do during your free time at Surrey.
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.
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.
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 and process engineering degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were ranked 5th in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.
Explore our programmes in Chemical and Process Engineering.