Things to do in the Summer for a Uni Student

19th February 2021 Joe Graham London Life

If you’re looking for things to do in London during the Summer, you may be struggling, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. This is particularly the case with new University students. When they’re put in London for their studies, summer rolls around and they draw a blank about what they can do to stay interested.

This is where this guide comes to the rescue.

Below, we detail a number of fun and interesting things you can do in the Summer in London. With these, you’ll be able to finally have fun in the sun!

Attend a Summer School

LSE Summer School

Summer schools are an excellent way to further your education and improve your academic abilities. They can provide weeks of interesting learnings from experts in the field and there are plenty of options to choose from.

Some of the best Summer schools in London include UCL, King’s College, and Imperial College London. Their Summer schools provide hours of education and include workshops, networking, and more.

With courses in everything from art to AI, there is something for everyone. See our guide here on the best Summer schools in London for more information.

Travel with Friends


Traveling with friends during the Summer is an excellent way to catch some rays and explore. As London has access to the Channel Tunnel, getting to and from Europe is a breeze, so you have no excuses not to go international.

However, if you want to stay at home in London, there are still plenty of things you can do with your time in the city.

We have tons of guides on London City life here on our site. See our post here on quirky things to do in this amazing city.

Take lots of Photos

Taking pictures

Too often do we rely on our memories when we’re creating new experiences. This Summer should be the perfect time to grab a camera and start taking more pictures. You’ll be surprised at how often you come back to them to relive those amazing experiences.

Whatever you decide to do in the Summer, investing in a decent camera can be beneficial. Don’t forget about phone though, as the camera on there should be fine in taking quick snaps on your city adventures.

With the friends you make in University, it’s important to spend the Summer creating memories you’ll never forget, and photos are the best way to do that.

Learn a new Skill

With all the time you have spare in the Summer, one of the best things to do is learn a new skill. By developing something new, you can not only keep yourself busy and occupied but also improve your CV and employability.

Too many students waste their Summers and don’t take advantage of the hours and days they have free each week. Pick up a book on something new or sign up to a platform like Skillshare. They have courses on everything you could ever think of.

If in doubt, there could be courses your University is offering, and in most cases these are free. Have a look on your London University’s site and see if they have anything to offer.

Get a Head start on Your Uni Reading

If you’re looking for things to do in the Summer before uni, why not get a head start on your reading?

It might sound a bit dull and boring, but it will dramatically help you when the new academic year rolls around. Students who keep on top of their studies and are diligent with their reading tend to get higher marks. So, pick up some recommend reading from your course and get learning!

By the time the new academic year arrives, you’ll be light years ahead and could become a star pupil!

Find Work Experience or Volunteer

With all the time you have available, a great thing you can do in the Summer is volunteer or get work experience. There will be plenty of options available, both from the University and from your own research.

Too many students rely on their degree to get them ahead, unaware that employers like to see experience on their CVs as well. With volunteering and work experience, you can flesh out your CV and make it shine, getting an edge on the competition.

Simply going to your University’s careers page is a good start, but you can also do your own outreach. Try sending emails to places you would love to work. Call up and simply ask if you’re brave enough. You’ll probably find they’ll appreciate the bravery and need the extra help.

Go Camping

For the adventurous ones among you who are looking for things to do in the Summer, camping might be right up your street. However, this might not be for everyone, so make sure you enjoy the outside and living without your creature comforts!

Camping can give you an appreciation for the outdoors, exposing you to nature and all it’s wonders. Camping is incredibly cheap, perfect for skint students who used all their loan during freshers!

There are tons of camping spots in the UK, some more famous than others. Venturing outside of London might be a good shout with this activity, as you’ll probably find more picturesque spots. Sites like Camp Sites can help you find one quickly.

Look into New Sports and Societies to Join


When we first join University, we can be apprehensive when joining new sports or societies. This is normal given our tendency to prefer comfortable, known situations. However, by joining a new society or sport, you get to learn something new, meet new people, and dramatically expand your social circle.

If you’ve just finished your first year and are looking for a Summer activity, now is the time to look through your London University’s sports and societies pages and find activities you think you’ll enjoy in the new academic year.

There are hundreds of different options to choose and when Freshers rolls around, you can test the waters with a few taster sessions. Who knows, you may end finding a new favourite hobby.

Go and Have Fun

Above all else, it’s important to have fun and relax during your summer as a Uni student. You’ve just finished (or are about to start) a whole new year and deserve to rest up, so that you’re ready for the next semester.

However, don’t fall into the lazy trap. Just because you have all this free time doesn’t mean you should do nothing with it. Use the suggestions above and do something different. You may find yourself having experiences you never could have dreamed of.

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Joe Graham

Joe Graham

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