Published: 16 May 2018

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.

Conor Copithorne Crainey


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


Lie in! 

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



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.

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 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.

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