Balancing Life and Study

It is vital to manage your wellbeing while at university in order to make the most of your time here.  As well as keeping happy and healthy, looking after yourself will give yourself the best chance of achieving your academic potential.

One University of Brighton student described wellbeing as

‘being physically and mentally healthy, for example being able to cope with university work while also balancing some leisure time, exercise, a healthy diet and maintaining relationships with friends and family outside of university.’ 

Learning to manage your wellbeing while studying is an essential life skill which will also help you in your life and work after graduation. See our advice and top tips from current students on:

It is of course important to spend enough time studying, achieving your potential and getting the most out of your course – after all that is why you’re here.  In order to work at your best though, it is essential that you look after your physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing, that you socialise, have fun, relax, and enjoy being a student.  The student experience is about much more than coursework and passing exams!

To find out about activities and events that you can get involved in, visit the Students’ Union, or Sport Brighton

The Students’ Union, and Student Life pages have some excellent ideas for making the most of your time here and having a life.

There are a number of adjustments that need to be made when beginning your time at university. You have to deal with a new environment, maybe leaving home, or living in halls, adapting your domestic duties and responsibilities, changes in relationship with friends and family, new relationships, health issues, and the academic challenges.

Don’t panic!

Whatever you do, do not let your problems go on until your academic performance falls apart; please talk to a member of staff if you are experiencing problems.

Top tips that existing Brighton students suggest to manage wellbeing whilst studying:

  • Share your problem with friends facing similar situations
  • Take time out to do other things – like participating in clubs or societies
  • Make your lecturers aware of any difficulties you’re facing
  • Do something physical – eat healthily, do some exercise, get more sleep!
  • Prioritise, plan and organise your deadlines well in advance
  • Don’t overload yourself with studying – allocate certain times

Useful links on health and wellbeing