Applying to Surrey

Applicant Days

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.

Surrey Applicant Day dates

Surrey's undergraduate Applicant Days run from November to April. Most take place on a Wednesday, but we also run Saturday dates; 17 February and 17 March.

Applicant Days start at 10:30am and end around 4:30pm.

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

Sandy Karr, BSc (Hons) Criminology

I'd definitely recommend coming to an Applicant Day, seeing what the course is about and engaging with the teaching staff. It really helps to put you at ease.

Read more about Sandy's Surrey experience.

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.

Activities include:

  • A detailed visit to the department relevant to your degree and the chance to meet academics and current students
  • A welcome talk about studying at Surrey
  • An optional tour of our beautiful campus and award-winning facilities
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Download a sample programme.

Grace Buck BA (Hons) International Event Management

Before coming here I attended an Open Day as well as an Applicant Day. Visiting the University helped me make the choice as I could see where I would be studying and living - I  knew that it was the right place for me to be.

Read more about Grace's Surrey experience.

Travelling to an Applicant Day

Public transport is the most efficient way to get to the campus, but parking permits are available if you need to drive.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer financial support to allow eligible applicants to attend one of the upcoming applicant day dates. In order for us to assess your eligibility, please contact who will provide you with the necessary forms to complete. 

If you are eligible, the University will be able to cover the cost of your journey to campus. Unfortunately we will only be able to provide travel expenses for applicants themselves, and not for accompanying family members.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the support available. We very much look forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming you to campus in the near future. 

You can download a printable permit to display in your car from Surrey Self-service once you have been invited to attend an Applicant Day.  

Read more about travelling to the University of Surrey campus and download walking directions from the station

Contact us

If you have any questions about an Applicant Day please contact us via Surrey Self-service

Can I bring a guest?

You are welcome to bring guests to our Applicant Days, but we recommend limiting guests to one per applicant.

We may have to limit how many people can attend the Welcome talk and take part in the afternoon sessions, due to  room capacitiy. While we will attempt to accommodate everyone, please do keep this in mind during busy days.

The Applicant Day 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.

If you bring any children with you they must be accompanied by another adult who carries full responsibility for the child during the day. 

I've already attended an Open Day - do I need to come to an Applicant Day too?

Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to visit the University of Surrey 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 programme 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 campus tour and start your Applicant Day at 11am, rather than 10am. Last registration is at 11:40am.

What happens if I have dietary requirements or additional support needs?

Please let us know if there's anything we can do to make your visit as easy as possible. You can provide details of dietary requirements or additional support required for you or your guest when you book your place via Surrey Self-service or you can email us at

Read more about additional support that may be available at Surrey.

Can I change or cancel my Applicant Day?

While we encourage you to attend the date you have been offered, we appreciate this may not always be possible. You can make changes to your Applicant Day booking via Surrey Self-service.

If due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to attend on the day, please call the central admissions team on 01483 682222.

Do Applicant Days still take place if it's raining or snowing?

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. 

What should I wear?

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.

Can I look around Guildford afterwards?

Yes! The University of Surrey is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford and near the train station. The parents’ programme will also include an opportunity to visit Guildford.

Read more about Guildford.