Clearing FAQs

If you are yet to secure an offer, or your grades are higher or lower than expected, Clearing is a great opportunity to apply for your favourite course. 

Clearing hotline

0800 052 2248

Open from results day

If you are outside the UK, call our international line:

+44 (0)800 052 2248

When is Clearing 2022?

Clearing officially begins on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a service that matches applicants to vacant university places. It runs from July to September and helps you to secure your university place for the current year. 

Clearing is open to you if: 

  • You first apply after 30 June 
  • You’ve applied to a course through UCAS but haven't received an offer 
  • Your place is not confirmed after your exam results are published. 

When applying, you can choose one course at one institution. You should have your results to hand, as we cannot make conditional offers during Clearing. 

We can talk you through your options, even if your grades are different from the standard course requirements. 

Consider a foundation year

We have a range of degree programmes with a foundation year, to make it easier to access the education we offer. A foundation year is an extra year of study at the start of your course, that leads into a full degree.  

It could be a great option if: 

  • You don’t have the grades for direct entry onto one of our BSc (Hons) degree courses 
  • You have non-traditional qualifications or experience 
  • You’re starting university after some time away from education 
  • You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study. 

Find out more about foundation year courses.

Which courses are available?

Here’s our list of Clearing courses. This page will be continually updated as courses become full.  

Please note, we aim to provide the latest information to you but can’t guarantee that a course will still be available by the time you apply.  

How do I apply?

From Thursday 18 August 2022

  1. See if your chosen course is available. 
  2. If you have your results, call us on 0800 052 2248 and we'll discuss whether your results meet our requirements and if we can make you an offer. Our Clearing hotline opening hours are:  
  • Thursday 18 August: 6am – 6pm
  • Friday 19 August: 8am – 5pm
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August: 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 22 August onwards: 9am – 5pm

What happens after I get an offer?

Everything you need to do will be explained either on the phone or in your offer email. 

  1. Once you have spoken with one of our Clearing staff members you will receive your offer email. If you don’t receive this within an hour, please contact us.  
  2. Follow the instructions in your offer letter. You’ll receive guidance on how to refer yourself via UCAS to the University of Surrey (S85) and the deadlines you’ll be required to meet. Please note, you’ll only be able to refer your application from 3pm on Thursday 18 August.  
  3. Once you’ve referred your application, you may wish to consider making arrangements for your accommodation.  
  4. You’ll receive an acknowledgement email the evening of the day you have referred your application to us. You will now be able to set up your account on Surrey Self-Service.  
  5. Our Admissions team will review your application and check your qualifications against notes taken during your conversation with the team, and a final check on your application will be done before a formal offer is made.  
  6. Please check Surrey Self-Service for any documentation requests which may be required before a formal offer is made. Some programmes require successful completion of an interview in order to secure a place - this will be explained to you during your call.  
  7. Once your formal offer has been made, further information and joining instructions will be sent to you in due course.  

Common questions

Can I visit the University of Surrey? 

We’re offering tours of our Stag Hill campus for those made an offer during Clearing.  

Tours will take place hourly, on the following dates:  

  • 18 August: 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 
  • 19 August: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 
  • 20 August: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 
  • 21 August: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 

You don’t need to pre-book a tour – just turn up. 

Tours will be led by current students and will begin from the Austin Pearce Building foyer.  

If you have any questions ahead of your visit, please contact

For more information on campus tours, please visit our campus tours page.