Coping with University Stress

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As exam season begins, we understand that many of you may be feeling the pressure. While a few students might breeze through exams without stress, this time can be extremely anxiety-inducing for most. Being a university student is challenging enough without the added stress of exams. That’s why Escape Campus has compiled some tips and tricks to help make exam season—and university life—a bit more manageable.

Living with ongoing stress can significantly impact your mental health and diminish your university experience. Yes, university is demanding, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity for newfound freedom. It offers a chance to meet new people, live in a new place, and have fun and memorable experiences.

Recognising Signs of Stress

Feeling stressed and under pressure is often part of the university experience. However, it’s crucial to recognise when stress becomes overwhelming. Common signs include:

  • Increased anxiety and worry
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Shortness of breath

For a comprehensive list of signs and symptoms, visit the NHS website.

Managing Stress Levels

Effectively managing stress is essential for all our Lancaster students surviving exam season and making the most of your time at university. Here are some strategies to help:

  • Find Your Ideal Study Environment: Choose the best place for you to study, whether it’s the campus library, your Lancaster student accommodation or heading into the town centre to a café. Read our blog on the best study spots in Lancaster to find out the best spots to work for you.
  • Time Management: Balance your time between work, lectures, socialising, and revising. Break your study sessions into manageable chunks to avoid burnout.
  • Study with Others: If you work well in groups, ask classmates for help or revise with housemates in your student home. If you prefer studying alone, communicate your needs to your housemates and consider utilising the campus library for a quieter environment. For those of you living 0ff-campus in student accommodation in the town centre, there’s also the local library you can use.
  • Healthy Eating and Exercise: Maintain a balanced diet and incorporate exercise into your routine. Even a home-cooked meal and a short walk can make a significant difference. We’ve also created a blog with easy, affordable, and healthy recipes for students, along with a list of the best walking spots in Lancaster. 


Support from Lancaster University

Lancaster University offers various support services focusing on physical and mental well-being. These include professional counselling, online tools, and group activities. For more information, click here.

Remember, managing stress is about finding what works best for you and utilising the resources available. With the right approach, all students can navigate exam season and enjoy your university experience to the fullest.