Student numbers

The University of Surrey is home to thousands of students from all over the world.

Current student numbers

In the 2020-21 academic year, we have over 16,000 students at Surrey – as well as 620 studying for the first stage of courses at our campus in China.

  • Undergraduate students: 12,579
  • Postgraduate (taught) students: 2,710
  • Postgraduate (research) students: 1,153

Graduate students

  • 120,000 graduates in 175 countries

An international student body

33 per cent of students at Surrey are from outside the UK, helping to demonstrate both the diversity of our student body and the international reputation the University enjoys.

Key student facts

View Surrey's student data for the last five academic years:

Please note that the numbers on this page cover all students as at 30 November 2018, excluding those who were absent, taking assessments or writing up on this date. Franchised students are excluded.

Undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) numbers include incoming exchange, visiting and other 'occasional' students taking modules for credit only.

Office for Students transparency return 2019

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Summary data

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants
   Number of applicationsPercentage of applications that received an offerPercentage of applications that  accepted an offer Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full TimeEthnicityWhite1633063.3%16.3%11.9%
 EIMD quintile1 and 2696064.7%19.5%11.6%
  3 to 51701067.9%18.9%13.4%
Part TimeEthnicityWhiteN/AN/AN/AN/A
 EIMD quintile1 and 2N/AN/AN/AN/A
  3 to 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
 EIMD quintile1 and 2N/AN/AN/AN/A
  3 to 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers
EIMD quintile1 and 280%
 3 to 589%


Key of summary data for tables 1a and 2a
N/ANot applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
N24 or fewer students in this population
DPData suppressed for data protection reasons

For full details, please see the 'rounding and suppression' tab in the full dataset (below).

Detailed data

Download the full dataset (xlsx).