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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Working hard at university naturally means you’re allowed to play hard, right? And never has that old motto, “work hard, play hard,” been more appropriate than for a student studying at Bournemouth University.

While studying is vital, having fun and relaxing is also just as important; here are a few ways I find help me…

One for the party animals…

Luckily Bournemouth is known for its great night scene. From Halo, an innovative church-turned-nightclub right in the centre of Bournemouth playing all of the current music, to Vinyl, a retro club dedicated to favourite classics such as Cotton-Eyed Joe. There’s something for everyone!

One for the shopaholics…

Bournemouth has all of the shops you could imagine – it will feed your spending craving, as well as endless places to eat once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped! Then why not head up to the Bournemouth Gardens and have a fun game of mini-golf before a trip to the beach to capture the sunset?

Lizzie beach

One for some fun…

Bournemouth University has a huge range of choices, from various music groups and Nerve Media to Disney Society and SUBU Quidditch Society. So there’s a high chance there’ll be something of interest to you! There is also an on-campus gym at Talbot Campus which offers a wide range of sports including athletics and ultimate frisbee (a sport which definitely intrigues me!).

One for the end of a hard day…

If you’ve been at university all day and haven’t had any time to yourself, sometimes all you want to do is have a night in, be it with friends or F.R.I.E.N.D.S (everyone does it)!

However there is an elephant in the room called “work”. Your degree is, of course, the main reason you go to university and you only get as much out of it as you put in.

Lizzie and friends

One for those late, late nights…

The Sir Michael Cobham Library is often open until midnight meaning that, for those times when a deadline is looming and you have yet to finish your assignment or you need to cram before an exam (which I’m sure will never happen), you can always count on the library as the setting for some hard-core studying.

Lizzie campus

One to rejuvenate…

Amongst all of that studying, sometimes you may need caffeine to aid you. There are various Starbucks on campus which, at discounted rates to normal stores, the coffee tastes even better! However if you are struggling, there are plenty of ways to get support; friends are always willing to help with revision breaks!

One last piece of advice…

First and foremost, you’re here for the course, and while it may seem like it overrides your life sometimes, you need to always make sure you give yourself time to relax! The second point is to have fun after all.

By Lizzie Kiely

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