Lectures, libraries and cooking rotas: a psychology student's day


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology
Course: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Category: Psychology

4 November 2019

Let me walk you through a typical day at university in Cambridge, from lectures and group study sessions, to cooking with my housemates.

I'm a third-year psychology student in Cambridge, and this is my account of my typical day at ARU.

8.45am: Lucky for me, my earliest start to lectures is 10am (rather than the dreaded 9am!) so I am up at 8.45 to get ready for my day.

9.30am: I leave my flat that I share with two friends, along with one of my friends who is also on the course. We usually walk to uni, although if we are running late due to an impromptu snooze then it’s quicker to cycle.

10am: My academic day begins with a either a lecture or seminar.

1pm: Lunch break! A meal deal is a lunchtime essential for a uni student, although the canteen serves some amazing hot food. Whilst it is a great time to catch up with friends, it is also I good opportunity to do some group studying – which is why my friends and I sometimes use this time to go to the library.

Laptop and notebook on a library desk
Psychology lecture notes
Student flat - view from living room into dining room

3/4pm: This is the rough time that we finish lectures on my course.

6pm: We have a cooking rota in our flat, meaning that we most weekdays one person will cook for everyone. This is a good idea in theory. However, toast, pot noodles and KFC are usually some last-minute options when none of us can be bothered to cook.

After this, I can get up to a few different activities in the evening.

Cambridge has an amazing nightlife, and with different clubs having student nights, you are able to enjoy a fun, cheap night out most nights of the week with varying music styles.

Every now and then, I like to meet up with friends from my course and enjoy a nice meal out.

But sometimes after a busy day, a nice quiet evening is just what you need – with a film on Netflix, cosy PJs and a bath. Perfect.

Lights surrounding a bubble bath
Psychology student Louise and four friends, dressed for a night out
Plate with sausages, mashed potato and vegetables

This was the day in the life of a psychology student at ARU...!

Louise's course is just one of our undergraduate psychology degrees. If you're fascinated by human behaviour, and the science behind the way we think, come along to an Open Day o find out more about studying at ARU in Cambridge.


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