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Evening & Social

It's not all about studying, in fact our Summer School is all about striking the right balance between working hard and playing hard! There are plenty of opportunities for you to socialise, relax and have fun.

Within the WSS programme, and included in the tuition fee, you can enjoy a variety of social events and activities. In addition we have a brilliant selection of additional activities and day-trips to enhance your time with us, they are only charged at cost and are a great opportunity to broaden your experience of British culture. There is also free time in your timetable for you to independently explore London and the UK, our team will always be on hand to assist you with arrangements or advice you might need.

Social activities

These are included in the programme tuition fee

Meet and Greet and Induction

Get to know your fellow WSS students at a relaxed welcome barbecue (hopefully outdoors in the lovely grounds at St Mary’s) and familiarise yourself with the beautiful campus and facilities on our orientation tours.

Welcome Dinner

A formal three course sit down dinner at the fabulous Ravens Ait, a stunning unique island on the River Thames near Kingston on Thames, just a short journey from St Mary's. Transport to and from the island will be arranged.

Curry, Quiz and Karaoke

A great social night featuring a fun quiz, a tasty curry and the chance to showcase your singing talents!

Warwick Visit

A chance for everyone to visit the lovely Warwick campus, enjoy a tour and guest lecture along with some free time to explore campus.

Film Night

Held at St Mary's new venue 'The Exchange.' Take a break after your study and watch a film with friends.

Farewell Reception

A final elebration of certificate giving, drinks and nibbles in the historical Waldegrave Hall at St Mary's to celebrate in style with your new WSS friends.

Sports Activities

Take a break from studying and choose to play football or ultimate frisbee. Alternatively you can enjoy some free time or head to the gym on campus.

Student profile
One of my favourite things about the social programme was that there were so many people from different nationalities and backgrounds.
Pyotr Kurzin (UK)
Student profile
It has been 7 days since I left London and it feels like the Summer School was a dream with marvellous people and activities.
Yang Xuan (China)

Additional activities and day-trips

You can sign up and pay for these before you arrive.


Enjoy a trip to London's famous West End to see a fantastic show in the evening. Travel to and from campus will be arranged for students who wish to visit the theatre.

walking tour


Visit the dreaming spires of Oxford for the day and take a historic walking tour that provides a great introduction to the city. Anyone looking to do some luxury designer shopping can head to Bicester Village too.

London day-trip

Explore the capital city of London and enjoy a trip on the London Eye and a river cruise along the Thames. You will also have free time to explore and find your favourite sights.

Brighton day-trip

Our day trip to the vibrant seaside town of Brighton will give you the opportunity to take in the amazing seafront, culture, shopping and food for which Brighton is known. The visit will include a trip to the famously exotic Royal Pavilion.

The Making of Harry Potter

Discover the filmmaking magic of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio in London.

Thorpe Park

Visit one of Europe's leading theme parks with your friends!

Student profile
I really enjoyed the trips, I regret not choosing to do all of them!
Zirui Lin (China)
Student profile
The dinners were very cool. We got to know each other, share ideas, and learn from different nationalities.
Daniele Graverini (Italy)

Sports Activities

St Mary's has a strong reputation of performing at the top level of international and university sport and so has excellent sports facilities.

During the 3 weeks you have the opportunity to take part in sports activities in between your studying. You can also make use of the newly refurbished Fitness and Conditioning Suite and many other sports facilities whilst you are here.

Football and Frisbee
We hold a number of organised sports sessions for you to take a break from studying. Take to the football pitch or play ultimate Frisbee for some exercise and friendly competition. Open to all levels of skill.

Sports Centre and Gym Membership

Sports Centre access and a full gym membership is included in the accommodation fee. Additional activities may be an additional cost.

More information about Sport at St Mary’s