4 Healthy Habits for University Students

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University life comes with many academic, personal, and social responsibilities. The pressure of exams and the schedules and deadlines for assignments can take a toll on your physical and mental health. As such, it’s important to incorporate healthy habits into your routine.

Healthy habits can go a long way toward improving your social life, grades, health, and even life after university.

Here are some tips for university students to stay healthy:

Keep Your Space Clean

We know that with all that’s going on in university, looking after your residence can be challenging. But remember that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, not to mention that an unclean space is bad for your health.

With grades and other academic goals to chase, it’s easy to lose sight of cleaning up your living space. Yet, having a clean and organized space will help you stay on track with your studies and any other goals you may have. Waterloo student housing options give you comfortable and spacious areas to call your own, and you will have no trouble feeling at home by keeping your apartment and bedroom clean.

Cleaning and tidying up regularly is a good habit. Not only does a clean and organized space help you feel relaxed and good about living there, but it also makes it easier for you to find things. For example, who’s going to remember that the assignment that was due today and that you finished a week ago is now buried under a pile of clothes? And who will have the time to look for it before an 8 am class?

Get Enough Sleep

In pursuit of their academic goals, many university students think of sleep as a secondary thing. But do you know that getting at least eight hours of sleep every night is crucial for your mental and physical well-being?

A good night’s sleep enhances your ability to reason and retain information, which is beneficial for your academic performance and productivity. It also improves your mood, reduces stress, increases immunity, and improves your overall health and well-being.

Here’re a few things you can do to improve your sleep at night:

  • Get some light exercise at least 2 hours before bed. It will help you relax and have a quality sleep
  • Turn off all screens, lights, and sounds at an hour before bed to allow your mind to power down
  • Minimize caffeine intake, especially after 2 pm.


Exercise helps improve your sleep, cognition, and overall health. Not to mention, it relaxes your muscles and increases flexibility – a welcome thing amid the tiring university life. Consider incorporating strength training or cardio into your daily routine, as these exercises can help you live a healthy lifestyle.

Most student housing properties in Waterloo have gyms and fitness centers. Living in one of these off-campus student residences means you have the opportunity to work out and improve your health. Alternatively, you could attend the on-campus gym or fitness center during the free time between your classes.

Eat Healthy Foods

Binge eating junk food while preparing for an exam may save you time. Overtime, however, too much junk food can deplete your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. The importance of healthy eating can therefore not go overlooked, especially for university students.

A healthy diet consisting of whole foods – even as snacks – will leave you feeling fuller and more energetic. Healthy foods will improve your immune system, prevent obesity, and ward off many illnesses. Remember that the habits you cultivate during university can stay with you for life, so make sure those habits are good ones.

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