It’s true that postgraduate study consists of a lot of self study and you can decide on how much of this you wish to do. However, although at first it may seem like you are going to have a lot of free time on your hands, this isn’t the case at all. In fact it is the complete opposite that’s true. Studying for a postgraduate is extremely time-consuming. But this shouldn’t put you off – all it means is that you will enjoy your free time even more than usual. Therefore it is important that you make the most out of this time, so here are a few brilliant ideas on how to spend any free time that you do have.
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The cinema experience in the UK is fantastic. New releases either come out at the same time as they are released in the US, or a couple of weeks afterwards, meaning that you can stay up to date with the cinema scene. What also makes the cinema a brilliant thing to do in your spare time is that there are lots of offers for students, which as a postgraduate you can still reap the benefits from.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an international student or a UK student as long as you have a valid student card you can get cheap cinema tickets. Your local cinema may even offer extra student discounts on certain days. You should make sure that you check out your local cinemas website to see if they do.
Students who are on the Orange network can benefit from their Orange Wednesday deals whereby you are given a code that allows you to buy two cinema tickets for the price of one on a Wednesday. You can then usually add your student discount on top of this deal to make the price of going to the cinema even cheaper. By doing this you can enjoy the best movies but for a fraction of the usual price.
Eating out is a massive part of the UK culture and it is the perfect thing to do as it allows you to relax, whilst at the same time giving you a break from cooking. Like at the cinema, local restaurants often offer special deals and discounts for students. You should keep your eye out for them as soon as you start on your postgraduate course. Usually in the first few weeks of term you will be bombarded with flyers and leaflets advertising all the deals that are on offer. You shouldn’t just bin these straight away as they will often contain some really amazing deals. Money is often tight when you are a student and these deals can really help you out. However do try and eat healthily - read our blog on How To Eat Your Way To A First Class Masters !
A great thing about studying for a postgraduate in the UK is that you will never be far away from some kind of sporting event. Every major city has a football, rugby and cricket team, and some of the smaller towns do as well. Heading out to watch sport is a fulfilling thing to do with your free time. Whatever sport you are into, we can promise you that you will never be too far away from an event. Again it is always a good idea to check whether you can get some kind of student discount on tickets before you buy them. Joining a university-based sports’ team is also a good way to utilise your time-out.
Many people associate UK student night life primarily with undergraduates. But in fact it is an even more important scene for postgraduate students. The reason for this is that nights out allow postgraduates to relax and take a breather from the constant studying. For a few hours you can forget about the pressures of your degree and just enjoy spending time with friends and maybe have a couple of drinks. In most places where there is a university there will be student places to go for a night out which will offer cheap entry and great deals on drinks for students.
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