A Week in the Life of a UCL Student
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"'Year of study"': 1st year
Typical Timetable Week: Get up by 8:30 at the latest every week day, 10 - 15 minute walk to uni.. Monday - 9-10 lecture, 10-11 chat/eat, 11-1 tutorial, 1-3 optional module lesson. Tuesday - 9-12 tutorial, 12-2 lunch, lab report, 2-6 lab Weds - 9-10 tutorial Thursday - 9-11 lecture , 11-12 eat/ chat, 12-2 lecture,2-6 lab Friday - 11-12 lecture, 3-5 optional modules lesson.
Year of Study: 2nd year
Get up by 8 at the latest every week day, get a bus at 8:40 or leave by 8:25-30 and walk to Uni. Monday - 9-10 lecture, 10-11 do some work/eat, 11-12 lecture, 12-1 lecture, do some pending lab report or coursework Tuesday - 9-10 lecture, 10-11 do tutorial work or lab report, 11-12 tutorial, lab report Weds - 9-10 lecture, 10-11 tutorialThursday - 9-10 lecture, 10-11 do some work, 11-12 tutorial, 12-1 lecture Friday - 9-10 lecture, 10-12 do some work, eat, laze, 12-1 lecture
On top of this, I either have 1, 2 or 3 afternoons per week (1-5:30 or 1-6pm) in labs, depends on the lab course in progress.
Year of Study: 1st year
Wake up for 9am econ1001 tutorial 10-11.30 - gym 11.30-12.30 - library 12 - 16.00 god knows how i waste the time here lecturs at 4 till 6
Wake up for tutorial in drayton house 10 -11 11-12 econ1001 lecture 12-1 get lunch 1-2 econ1001 lecture 2-4 waste time/gym 4-6 applied econ lecture 6-9 waste away
wake up if bothered for 9am demo lecture. 10am+ whole day free, gym, society meetings and crap
lecture at 9 -11 Library 11-12 intense work to hand in assignments by 12 12-2 - lunch and gym 2-3 demo 4-5 demo econ1001
lecture at friggng 5pm, why oh why not on another day?
(02/02/10) The above is a little outdated, most lectures are now 2 hours long:
Monday: 9.00-11.00 Scheme 2 (hard maths) Intro To Maths For Econ Lecture in maths department OR 10.00-11.00 Scheme 1 (easy maths) Intro To Maths for Econ Demonstration in econ department 11.00-12.00 Macro Economics 1001 Demonstration Lunch then start the weeks Macro homework, and probably the fortnightly World Econ/History of Econ/Maths HW depending on module choice, realise you should have started at the weekend. Possible careers talk/society meeting Evening: Moonies! (or Maya)
Tuesday: Lie in to recover from moonies. Continue HW. 14.00-16.00 Optional Module Lecture e.g. Management 16.00-17.00 Micro Tutorial. Discover you totally failed the HW, but its taken so long to mark you cant even remember doing it. Buy dinner in the union/bloomsbury 18.00-21.00 Choir Practice (or other Careers/Society event)
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Micro Econ 1001 Lecture 11:00-13:00 Intro to Stats for Econ Lecture Afternoon: Sports Practice. Panic to Finish HW. Revise for possible Management Test Evening: Roxy or Fabric
Thursday: Morning: Hand in All Econ Department HW by 12. 10.00-11.00 Management Tutorial & Weekly Test 11.00-13:00 Maths Lecture 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-16:00 History of Econ/World Econ Lecture Evening: Start Stats HW last minute. Society/careers meeting. go out to a Mayfair club, or Koko/Cafe du Paris/Onanon if your feeling rich.
Friday: 10:00-11:00 or 11:00-12:00 Fortnightly History of Econ/Maths Tutorials. 14:00-15:00 Stats Tutorial (finish off homework during) Evening: Get train to see boyfriend/family. Or drinks at the Rocket/Union
Weekend: Start the weeks homeworks if youre that organised. Do washing/tidy room. Sleep. Visit friends/family.
Monday: 9.00-11.00 Scheme 2 (hard maths) Intro To Maths For Econ Lecture in maths department 11.00-12.00 Fortnightly Macro Economics 1001 Demonstration OR 16:00-17:00 Fortnightly Applied Economics Tutorial Lunch then start the weeks Macro homework, and probably the fortnightly Applied/World Econ/History of Econ/Maths HW depending on module choice, realise you should have started at the weekend. Possible careers talk/society meeting Evening: Moonies! (or Maya)
Tuesday: 9:00-11:00 Possible Psychology Lecture depending on module choices (first 4 weeks) Continue HW. 16.00-17.00 Macro Tutorial. Discover you totally failed the HW, but its taken so long to mark you cant even remember doing it. Buy dinner in the union/bloomsbury 18.00-21.00 Choir Practice (or other Careers/Society event)
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Macro Econ 1001 Lecture Afternoon: Sports Practice. Panic to Finish HW. Evening: Roxy or Fabric
Thursday: Morning: Hand in All Econ Department HW by 12. 11.00-13:00 Scheme 2 Maths Lecture 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-14:00 Possible Optional Lecture World Econ/Hist of Econ Evening: Society/careers meeting. go out to a Mayfair club, or Koko/Cafe du Paris/Onanon if your feeling rich.
Friday: 9:00-11:00 Applied Econ Lecture 11:00-13:00 Possible Psychology Lecture (first 4 weeks) Evening: Get train to see boyfriend/family. Or drinks at the Rocket/Union
Weekend: Start the weeks homeworks if youre that organised. Do washing/tidy room. Sleep. Visit friends/family.
Revision & Exams! (with occasional organised revision lectures)
NB: Personally i did Macro in the first term Micro second but thats unusual. Lectures depend largely on module choices. You do 8. Macro/Micro/Stats/Applied/Scheme 1 maths is compulsory. World Econ/Hist of Econ/Management/Psychology/Scheme 2 maths/many others are optional. Each module comes with a two hour lecture and a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial, and many have a one hour fortnightly demonstration class (except psychology 4hours of lectures for 4 weeks).
Basically I had 16 contact hours in term 1 with 3/4 HW's per weeks and 6-10 contact hours in term 2 with 1/2 HW's per week. Totally depends how you organise your own timetable.
Hope this helps.
Year of Study: 2nd year
Up at 8, in for 9 o'clock lectures. Couple of hours of Micro, and the rest of the day is free. Depending on workload, library for a few hours Home, catch up on sleep, out to Moonies, home at 2:30
Sleep in and try to work off hangover. Attempt to save face on Facebook by detagging numerous photos. Tutorial and demonstration lectures take up a couple of hours in the late afternoon
In for 11am, Macro Library for the rest of the afternoon in a mad rush to meet Thursday 12pm deadline Lunch, dinner, union, Roxy
Arguably still ****** off ones face: Macro at 10 11-12, make any changes to work due Demonstration lecture normally in the afternoon
Metrics at 9, classes throughout the day, no more than 4 hours in total Weekend
Year of Study:
10am: Get up, food, wash etc 11am: Print all my reading for the week if they are available online. 12am:British library where I do all my weeks reading (in terms of books) and theres always space and no stupid idiots whispering away. 3pm: Lecture 4pm: Break 5-10pm: Reading at the science library where there is now space. 11.30-1pm: Continue making notes
(I know Monday is crap day for me)
10-1pm: lecture/classes 3pm-9pm: finish off weekly reading in SSEES or British library
Thats it, apart from a few classes and lectures remaining. I usually do a quarter of a weeks reading during the weekend before. Usually now, I work on my assessed essays during my free time.
Language and Culture
Year of Study: 2nd
Monday: 6 am - if I need to go to library, I wake up at this time 7 am - if I don't need to go to library, I wake up at this time instead 8 am - 12 pm - reading in a library/writing an essay 12 pm - 1 pm - lunch 1 pm - 2 pm - Spanish Language - Oral class 2 pm - 5 pm - free time, usually spent in my room 5 pm - 6 pm - Romanian Language 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm - revising Romanian 7.30 pm - 12 am - free time, dinner, then bedtime
Tuesday: 8 am - if I go to a tutorial, then I wake up at this time 10 am - 11 am - either Spanish Language - Grammar class or skipping it 11 am - 3 pm - free time 3 pm - 5 pm - Romanian Language 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm - revising Romanian 7.30 pm - 12 am - free time, dinner, then bedtime
Wednesday: 1 pm - 5 pm - reading in a library/writing an essay 5 pm - 11 pm - free time, then off to bed
Thursday: 7 am - wake up 9 am - 10 am - Spanish Language - Translation class 10.30 am - 11.30 am - doing translation homework 12 pm - 1 pm - lunch 1 pm - 2 pm - Persian class 2 pm - 3 pm - revising Persian 3 pm - 5 pm - Romanian Language 5 pm - 6 pm - dinner on campus 6 pm - 8 pm - Persian calligraphy class 8.30 pm - 11 pm - arrive home, free time, then off to bed
Friday: 7 am - wake up 9 am - 11 am - Historical Linguistics 11 am - 1 pm - revision 1 pm - 2 pm - quick lunch and gathering with acquaintances 2 pm - 4 pm - Modern Art and Mass Culture 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm - revising Romanian
Saturday: 4 hours in a library or writing an essay
Sunday: 4 hours in a library or writing an essay; going to bed at either 10 or 11 pm
Monday: 1 pm - 2 pm - Spanish Language - Oral class 2 pm - 5 pm - free time 5 pm - 6 pm - Romanian Language 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm - revising Romanian 7.30 pm - 12 pm - free time, dinner, then off to bed
Tuesday: 8 am - either wake up or sleep a bit more 10 am - 11 am - either Spanish Language - Grammar class or at home 2 pm - 4 pm - Introduction to European Thought 4 pm - 6 pm - Galdós and Pardo Bazán 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - revision 8.30 - 12 pm - free time, dinner, off to bed
Wednesday: 12 pm - 2 pm - Romanian Language 3 pm - 7 pm - revision 7 pm - 11 pm - free time, dinner, off to bed
Thursday: 7 am - wake up 9 am - 10 am - Spanish Language - Comprehension class 10.30 am - 11.30 am - doing comprehension homework 12 pm - 1 pm - lunch 1 pm - 2 pm - Persian class 2 pm - 3 pm - revising Persian 3 pm - 5 pm - Romanian Language 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm - revising Romanian 7.30 - 12 pm - free time, dinner, off to bed
Friday: 1 pm - 2 pm - gathering with acquaintances 2 pm - 6 pm - library time or writing an essay 6 pm - 12 am - free time, dinner, off to bed
Saturday: either 4 hours in a library or writing an esssay or a day off
Sunday: either 4 hours in a library or writing an essay or a day off
Year of Study: 2nd year
Monday - I often go away for the weekend visiting friends and family so spend Monday morning getting back to London. Drop stuff at flat, grab food. Lecture at 1-3, then back up class at 3-4.
Tuesday - 10-12 lecture. Stupid 4 hour break. Spent at the Brunswick centre's starbucks (round the corner) either going over work with friends or generally just chatting and pissing off the staff that I buy one drink in 4 hours. 4-6 lectures.
Wednesday - 3-5 French class. Spend Wednesday mornings doing cleaning and laundry and going to library to print out reading etc.
Thursday - 4-6 lectures.
Friday - FREE! Either go away for the weekend, or working or social fun time.
Have to do lots of reading in the evenings so I don't get swamped when my assignments are set. Much more work than last year. ENJOY FIRST YEAR.
Transportation (Civil Engineering) MSc
Year of Study: Postgraduate, MSc
Ok, my Mondays: 7.30am get up in the glorious world of Acton 8am Get on the Piccadilly line to Kings X, where I change to the Northern Line 8.50am Arrive at UCLs PAMELA lab in Tufnell Park 9am-12pm Learn about disabled people falling over pavements 12pm-Get back on tube to UCL 12.30-Have lunch with coursemates either in sandwich place nearby or in the refectory and talk general rubbish until 2pm-Go to Public Transport lecture held in some random room in UCL, learn about buses. 4pm-Leave lecture and go to the pub with coursemates 6pm-Go home Tada?
Monday- My busiest day so far this term, have a programming module and problem class and computer architecture modules (boring) finish around 4pm. Watch some tv and hit up the gym or off for basketball
Tuesday - Quite cool although I hate my 9am start then I have nothing until 2, usually go off to lunch and play some basketball or hit up the gym after. This is my work day, I do some programming exercises and read up on lecture notes.
Wednesday- The best day at UCL for me, everyone finishes lectures by 1pm because its a sports reserved day, then I hit up the gym after, make some tasty Nigerian recipes and then off to Sportsnite. Sports night really mostly involves drinking and then heading off to the Roxy (student club).
Thursdays - I usually wake up with a massive hangover, quite lucky as I have a 2pm start and I usually end at 4pm. Have a radio show on UCL so I do that at 11pm and usually get some shish afterwards at a friends.
Fridays - I'm free!!! Have a long lie in, hit up the gym, cook up some stuff and then off to a social function (sometimes clubbing). There are loads of parties at UCL so you'll be spoilt for choice. Also sometimes i take a weekend trip
Saturdays - Basketball , go home to see my family in London and then return to halls. Then pop out to have a drink or just chill at a friends place and then DJ practice.
Sundays - Hit up the gym, work and get ready for Monday , and then prepare a marvellous Sunday Roast.
To be honest so far with this first term, I've been laid back a lot this term but its first year so no worries, making the most off it!!!
Monday: Get up at 6:45- do moodle quiz in for 9. Lecture at 9- 11. Break- go to Rockefellar building and get coffee. 12-1 lecture. 1-2 lunch. 2-5 lectures/ practical. 5-5.23- home. 5.30- 7.30 muck about. 7.30-9 prepare for moonies. 11- MOONIES!!
Tues: Get up at 11, wonder why you still go to moonies. Get to 12.00 lecture (poss). Definately possibly make 2.00 lecture. Feel generally terrible. Maybe vomit.
Wed: Lecture 9-1. Sports 1-4.30. 7.30 prepare for roxy. 9.30- ROXY!!!!
Thurs: Get up at 11.30- wonder what the hell happened and why one of your arms is covered in soil. Make way back to your own house. Definately not make 12.00 lecture. Maybe make 3.00 lecture. Go home at 4, grote.
Fri: Lecture 9-1. Go home. Sleep. Get up 5- muck about (troll on TSR). 9.30- go out again.
Sat & Sun- SLEEP!!!!!
Year of Study: 1st
9-11 lecture, 11 - 11:20 stand outside lecture theatre waiting for people who are asking questions/ generally wasting time
11:30 - 12:30 coffee with friends at one of UCL cafes 12:30 - 14:00 do work for the maths tutorial 14:00 - 16:00 maths tutorial 16:00 - 19:00 waste time/ eat dinner/ work 19:00 - 20:30 debating society (wine + topical issues) 20:30 - late waste more time
10 - wake up, read smth/ have breakfast/ do work for waves tutorial 12 - 13:00 waves tutorial 13 - 14:00 lunch with friends 14:00 - 16:00 - work in the science library 16:00 - 18:00 - food shopping for the week, get dinner and coffee 18:00 - maybe go to a science or career talk 21:00 - 24:00 - work in the library or give up and go home
9:30 - 13:00 labs 13:00 - rush to Kings X to catch a train to go to a fencing match 14:00 -18:00 fencing 20:00 - maybe go to fencing sports night/ maybe LOOP/ maybe work in the library or meet up with a friend for dinner
9:00 - 10:00 thermal tutorial 10:00 - 11:00 get coffee and look over notes/ read smth 11:00 - 13:00 waves lecture 13:00 - 14:00 lunch with friends at one of UCL cafes, discuss weekend plans, physics, politics, nights out 14:00 - 16:00 thermal lecture 16:00 - 18:00 maths lecture 18:00 go to itsu with friends 19:30 - 22:00 fencing practice / play/ concert
9:30 - 13:00 labs 13:00 - 14:00 try escape labs early and fail, then stand in a long queue for your sandwich and finally get it, go up to phineas to have lunch 14:00 - 16:00 thermal lecture 16:00 - 17:30 maths lecture 18:00 - go to phones or bully's for a drink/ go to a talk/ gym/ ULU
10:00 - 13:00 fencing practice (miss almost all the time due to the previous night) 13:00 - 14:00 traditional breakfast with fencing people go to the library/ see friends in other universities/ explore london/ work with friends and constantly go distracted maybe go out in the evening
same as saturday, SLEEP!