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The Balance between Studying & Fun

Commitment to your studies is of course the main reason for you to be at university, however, it is also important to balance this with downtime. University is a great time to try as many new things as possible, that you may not have had the opportunity to do previously. Effective time management allows you to make the most of your time at university and enjoy both your studies and a fun time.

By Hayley Niven 2nd year History Student at Lancaster

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Whatever your interests are, there is almost certainly going to be a society that appeals to you, and if not, you have the opportunity to set up your own. This is a great way to fill your time, as societies often meet during the days, evenings or weekends. In addition to this, many societies offer regular socials, which is not only a great way to meet like-minded people, but to let your hair down and relax after a hard day of studying. There are also a wide variety of sports to choose from, whether you’re interested in playing in a competitive team or just for fun. Exercise is a fantastic way of releasing stress from studying, as well as keeping you fit and healthy, so whether you’re hitting the gym or competing in a BUCS league, use your spare time to factor in some time to look after your body. You can also use your free time to explore the local area, or head a bit further afield. Check out any trips that your university may offer, and keep an eye out for cheap deals from travel providers.


This is something that takes a bit of getting used to at university, as in most cases you don’t have parents or teachers to tell you what you need to do and when, meaning the responsibility lies with you alone. A weekly planner is useful, as it helps you decide what you need to be doing and when throughout the week, allowing you to prioritise and manage all of your tasks. By doing this, you can factor in free time and other activities, while making sure that everything you need to do is done. Starting deadlines as early as possible is also a good tip, as it gives you contingency if there are any issues, and gives you more time to perfect your work – meaning you can enjoy yourself more when it is completed without the pressure of a looming deadline.

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