Welcome to Study Aid! Brought to you by your elected Sabbatical Officers, Study Aid is here to help get you through to the end of term. We'll be running a range of activities to help you power through the month of May, share tips on how to stay focused and productive, and we'll also be about on campus to chat if you need us.

Quiet Study Spaces

In addition to Third Space in the Union (great for groups and space to spread out) the Union's meeting rooms are also available to students to study. Union spaces can booked at the Union's Shop & Reception, or if a room does not have a booking in place students are free to use the space for study.

VP Education & Democracy, Angel Layer, has arranged for additional rooms across campus to be open on weekdays during the exam period until the 1st June, to offer alternative quiet places to study:

  • Rooms 3.03 and 3.04 in Buckingham Building
  • Rooms LE 0.06, LE 1.03 and LE 1.04 in Mildam Buildin
  • Rooms 2.24, 3.13 and 3.19 in Park Building
  • Rooms 1.51, 1.65 and 1.66 in Portland Building
  • Rooms 1.09 and 4.14 in St. Georges Building

Weekly Free Activities

Support and advice from your VP Welfare and Community, Anita Butler.
Visit our pop-up stall on campus for advice regarding ECFs and other academic needs.

Lunchtime Badminton

Every Weekday, 12pm-2pm
On Gun House Green, outside the Union (subject to weather conditions). Rackets are provided, just drop by and join in!


Beginners Running

Mondays, 6pm-7:30pm
Meet at the Students' Union.


Arts & Crafts Sessions

Tuesdays, 7pm
Union Meeting Room 4. Free session for all to attend!



Wednesdays & Thursdays

At Langstone Student Village.



Wednesdays, 4pm-5:30pm
Join your VP Activities, Amber Mathurin, in the Union Activities Room.



Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm
At Langstone Student Village.


AU Gym Usage

Friday, 7am-9am
At St Pauls Gym, Athletic Union members only.


Touch Rugby

Fridays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
At HMS temeraire


Pop Up Advice Stand

Visit our advice pop-up stall on campus for advice regarding ECFs and other academic needs. Anita Butler, VP Welfare & Community, will be popping up in various locations to chat and offer advice. Check out the events listed below to find out where Anita will be each day.

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Every Wednesday
Wellbeing Cafe

Tea, biscuits and activities looking at ways to de-stress!

Come along to the Wellbeing Cafe, free to attend every Wednesday between 25th April to 30th May, 4-5:30pm in Cafe Coco.

Find out more.

Thursday Relaxation
in the Library

The Library and Sports & Recreation are joining forces to offer ten minute drop-in relaxation sessions on Thursdays. Learning to notice when you are becoming tense and finding ways to to relax and think clearly under pressure will make your study more effective and enjoyable.

Where and when?
To make it easier to fit into your busy day, these sessions are taking place in the Library Seminar Room 2 (Room 0.26), near the Support Services Desk.

Sessions run weekly on Thursdays from 22 March until the end of May. There will be three ten minute long sessions each day, starting promptly at 2.10 pm, 2.30 pm or 2.50 pm. Come to whichever you find most convenient and then apply the principles you learn whenever you find yourself becoming tired and tense.

Good Gyms
Community Workout

Every week in Portsmouth Good Gyms work out by helping local community projects, and run back all within 90 minutes. It is a great way to meet new people and give back to the local community! The first session takes place on Wednesday 9th May at 6.15pm at Fratton Community Centre. Sign Up Here

Join a Session

Stressless Study Tips

Here's a few top tips to help manage stress...

Eat & Drink Well

Healthy food will keep you energised and active throughout your day

The Student Food Project

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for reaching milestones, it may help your motivation! Maybe come to the Farm Experience?

How to Pat Yourself on the Back
Sleep Well

Getting lots of rest is important for productivity

Bedtime Strategies for Reducing Stress
Keep Fit

Exercise will help you let off steam and give you a break from revision

How Does Exercise Reduce Stress?
Plan Your Time

Creating an ordered list, breaking down large tasks and focusing solely on what you are doing can help put things in perspective and minimise stress

The Science of How to Stay Focused
Listen to Music

Music can have a positive impact on our mood and be used for motivation and focus

Health Benefits of Music
Reduce Clutter

Tidy room tidy mind, a messy work space can make you feel anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed

Why Mess Causes Stress
Remove Distractions

Try some tech-free time to help productivity

Stay Focused with this Chrome Extension
Enjoy Yourself!

Remember to take breaks, enjoy yourself and laugh

Health Benefits of Laughter
Laughter Club