Before you arrive, think about how you will travel about. Getting around Guildford is very easy as most places that you need to go are within walking distance. We actively encourage our staff and students to travel without using a car. Car parking is difficult and there are limited spaces. Manor Park is car-free. If you live at Manor Park or on the main campus at Stag Hill, you will not be able to bring your car.
If you don’t want to walk, you can go by bus. There are regular bus services between Manor Park, Stag Hill and Guildford town centre between the hours of 06:00 and midnight. There are also plenty of other services operating from the town centre which cover the surrounding areas.
At the time of writing the University was negotiating with several bus companies to provide a high quality bus service for students. Full details of the routes, timetables and fare prices will be published on the University’s Travel and Transport website when the successful company has been appointed.
Travelling by Rail
The University is conveniently located a short walk from the main Guildford Station. All students may apply for a 16-25 railcard to gain discounted travel on mainline services and an 18+ Student Oyster photocard for cheaper travel within London. Further details are available on the University’s Travel and Transport website.
Cycling on Campus and Around
Cycling between campus and Guildford is easy and many students do it. The campus has plenty of cycle racks, including one in each Court of Residence – some of which are lockable with a key that you can borrow.
In town, there are cycle racks by Guildford library, outside the Odeon cinema and in various other places. Cycle maps with detailed routes and facilities will be made available for you to collect during Welcome Week.
Car Parking Restrictions
Most students can easily and cheaply commute to and from campus without the need for a car. Parking at the University is not guaranteed and the car parks are full on a daily basis so parking is difficult.
In addition, car parks are used for visitor parking for events such as Open Days and Graduation.
If you meet the University’s eligibility criteria, you may apply for one of a small number of student parking permits. The issue of a permit does not guarantee a space – there are no permit refunds if the car park is full. If you live at Manor Park or Stag Hill, you will not be able to bring your car.
For these reasons, we ask that you only apply for a parking permit if it is essential that you drive to the University and you are advised to carefully consider what travel alternatives are available to you if you do not get the permit of your choice.
Applications for student parking are traditionally invited at the beginning of September each year and the exact date will be published in advance on the University’s Travel and Transport website.
Find Out More
For more information on cycling, travelling by bus, eligibility for car parking and how to apply, please visit the University’s Travel and Transport web pages: