If you've applied for a place at the University of Surrey you may be invited to an applicant day. An applicant day gives you the chance to visit the campus and learn more about the University and the course you've applied for.
Applicant day dates
Surrey's undergraduate applicant days run from November to April. Most take place on a Wednesday, but a couple of Saturday dates are also available.
How to book an applicant day
Applicant days are invitation only.
If you've applied for an undergraduate course that runs applicant days/interview days and you're selected for invitation, we'll contact you via Surrey Self-service.
Once you receive an invite, you will need to book your place via Surrey Self-service.
What happens on an applicant day?
Applicant days include a range of activities and talks.
Read our top tips for making the most of a Surrey applicant day, including what to wear and what to bring.
- A detailed visit to the department relevant to your degree and the chance to meet academics and current students
- An optional tour of our beautiful campus and award-winning facilities
- The opportunity to see our student accommodation
- The chance to explore Surrey Sports Park (before or after the applicant day).
After your applicant day, why not take a look around Guildford town centre, just ten minutes’ walk from campus
Learn more about Guildford.
Applicant day timetable
Once you’ve booked your place, you can view and download the timetable for your subject-specific applicant day in Surrey Self-service.
Applicant/interview day travel bursary
The University of Surrey is able to support students attending an applicant/interview day with a travel bursary of £40. To be eligible you must meet all of the essential criteria below, in addition to one of the listed Widening Participation and Outreach (WP&O) criteria.
- Home students (currently residing in the UK/UK postcode)
- Studying at a state-funded school or college
- Booked onto an applicant/interview day.
WP&O criteria (must meet 1 or more):
- Looked after child / care leavers
- Estranged students
- Young carers
- Low income students in receipt of free school meals (within previous 6 years)
- Students with a household income of £15,000 or below.
- Students from areas of multiple deprivation (*see IMD look up tool below)
- Students from low participation neighbourhoods (**see POLAR4 look up tools below)
* You can check your postcodes Index of Multiple Deprivation data using this online look up tool. Your postcode must be rated 1 or 2 in column F.
**You can check whether you live in a low participation neighbourhood using this online postcode look up tool. Your post code must be rated quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).
Payment will be made after attending an applicant/interview day in the form of a £40 Amazon voucher (5 business days) or BACS transfer (up to 2 weeks). To receive the award, please download the application form and return it during for the applicant day. Alternatively you are welcome to complete the form on the day. If you forget to apply for the travel bursary on the day, please email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. All data will be held in accordance with the University of Surrey’s privacy notice. By applying for the scheme you consent to our terms and conditions, and the use of your data to process your application.
Travelling to an applicant day
Public transport is the most efficient way to get to campus as there in only very limited parking available on campus.
For more information about travelling to your open day, please download the “Getting here and around” document which will be available from Surrey Self-service shortly before your event.
If you have any questions about an applicant day please contact us via Surrey Self-service.
You are welcome to bring one guest with you to our applicant days.
We have to limit the number of guests to ensure all visitors can attend sessions relevant to them. Our applicant days also includes some sessions for applicants only. During this time, parents and guardians are welcome to attend our optional ‘supporting your student through university’ talk, further explore the campus or take a walk into Guildford.
Open days are a fantastic opportunity to visit the University, but focus on providing a general overview.
An applicant day gives you the opportunity to find out more information about the academic content of the course you have applied for and includes tailored activities designed to help you make an informed decision about where to study.
If you've already had a campus tour on an open day, you may wish to skip the optional campus tour available during your applicant day.
Tea and coffee will be available during registration. Light refreshments will also be provided during afternoon subject specific sessions.
If you would like to grab a bite to eat before the afternoon sessions begin at 1:15pm, there are a range of cafes, restaurants and shops available on campus. A map will be given to you when you register on the day and this will show you all the options available.
We always run our applicant days where possible. We recommend you wear appropriate clothing and bring a rain coat or an umbrella as you will be spending some time outside moving around the campus.
Should we need to cancel an applicant day, we will let you know via email with as much warning as possible.
Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Most tutors will not dress formally, and it is not necessary for you to do so. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear as the campus tour involves a lot of walking. Make sure you bring a rain coat or umbrella too, as most of the tour is outside.