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.

Applicant day dates

Surrey's undergraduate applicant days run from November to April. Most take place on a Wednesday and three Saturdays.

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.

Activities include:

  • 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 happy to support students attending an applicant/interview day with a travel bursary of £40. To be eligible you must satisfy all of the essential criteria below, in addition to one of the listed Widening Participation and Outreach (WP&O) criteria.

Essential 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.

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 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, but parking permits are available if you need to drive.

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 see walking directions from the station

Contact us

If you have any questions about an applicant day please contact us via Surrey Self-service.

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 capacity. 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

If you had booked to attend an applicant day but were unable to attend and would like to book onto a future date, please email: