Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a maths student

From classical dynamics and professional skills lectures to kayaking at Surrey Sports Park and tutoring local school children, Charlotte Cranmer describes the average week in the life of a first year maths student.

Charlotte Cranmer


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


11am – Vector Calculus lecture

12pm – Lunch with course mates

1pm – Professional skills workshop

3pm – Maths tutoring at a local school

4pm – Professional skills computer labs

7pm – Cook and eat dinner with housemates, then work through seminar questions


9am – Linear Algebra lecture

11am – Professional skills seminar

12pm – Classical Dynamics seminar

1pm – Lunch with course mates

2pm – Classical Dynamics Lecture

3pm – Professional skills workshop

8pm – Dinner with housemates, followed by kayaking at the Surrey Sports Park


10am – Go over lecture notes

1:30pm – Cook lunch

5pm – Trampolining at Surrey Sports Park

6-8pm – Late dinner with housemates


10am – Vector Calculus lecture

12pm – Home for lunch

1:30pm – Make lunch, then revision

4pm – Linear Algebra lecture

7pm – Dinner, then watch a film with housemates


10am – Vector Calculus lecture

11pm – Classical dynamics lecture

1pm – Lunch then work on assignments in the library

3pm – Vector Calculus lecture

7pm – Dinner, followed by trampolining club


10am – Catch up on coursework, clean room and do laundry

1pm – Lunch and talk to housemates

6pm – Trampolining, then food shopping on the way back

8pm – Late dinner


11am – Catch up on work before Monday

5pm – Roast dinner with housemates

7pm – Film night with housemates



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 mathematics 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


Discover our degree programmes in mathematics.


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