Why study here

At the University of Surrey, you’ll experience exceptional teaching in state-of the-art facilities. But university life extends beyond the lecture theatre. Your time at university will help you to grow and develop before joining the world of work, while giving you the opportunity to make long-lasting relationships and create wonderful memories.

Top 10 reasons to choose Surrey

1. There’s no place like Surrey

Our self-contained campus has everything you need to work, rest and play. Our Library, which is open 24 hours a day, offers modern and comfortable places to study and access to expert support for your studies. Committed to enabling students to study successfully in a digital environment, all taught students (from September 2020) will be provided with free, personal, digital copies of their essential textbooks. The campus also has numerous coffee shops, bars and restaurants, and a convenience store and a weekly food market full of food stands and groceries. Surrounded by nature and wildlife, you can also enjoy our beautiful lake and green spaces without even leaving campus.

The University was recognised as one of the safest universities in the UK by The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

2. A caring campus

Study at Surrey and you’ll be joining a welcoming and inclusive community. We really look out for one another and help each other become the best we can be.

We offer a range of support services across campus including the MySurrey Hive, which provides guidance on all student-life related queries, and MySurrey Nest, where you can seek solace in a relaxing environment.

Throughout your time here, our Centre for Wellbeing is here to help take care of your mental and physical wellbeing, and our tutors and Peer Support team are on hand to help you settle in and provide support.

3. Guaranteed accommodation

We have more than 6,000 rooms available across our campus sites, with a choice of several price bands to suit your lifestyle needs and budget. All our accommodation is self-catered and over 50 per cent of rooms have en-suite facilities. Students living in our residences benefit from 24/7 security across all sites, wi-fi and possessions insurance.

We have a residence support team on hand to help too.

Our wide range of accommodation was included in the Student Crowd Best Student Accommodation Awards 2018.

We will guarantee accommodation for Clearing and Adjustment students who apply for accommodation in good time and meet the conditions of their academic offer by 25 August 2020. Head over to our accommodation pages to find out how you can apply, to read the full terms and conditions and to note our application deadlines. 

4. Supporting your career

Surrey has an outstanding record for graduate employability. The annual Graduate Outcomes survey, published by the UK’s Higher Education Standards Agency (HESA), ranks the University of Surrey’s graduates 12th in the country (against other higher education institutions), with 96% finding work or going on to further study after graduating (UK domiciled, undergraduate full-time students).

96% of our graduates are employed or in further education within six months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA).

Our specialist careers advisers are here to provide impartial and confidential support, offering workshops and one-to-one career consultations to help explore your career options, improve your CV, and prepare you for interviews and the world of work.

We also run regular careers fairs to help you learn more about industry and develop your professional contacts, and our Student Enterprise programme offers practical business support to entrepreneurial students.

And if you’re after paid work and volunteering opportunities within the University and the local area, our on-campus recruitment agency can help.

5. Gain real industry knowledge

Surrey offers Professional Training placement opportunities with over 2,300 partner organisations across the UK and abroad, helping you to get a head start in your career. These placements offer you the chance to work in your chosen industry for up to a year, enabling you to get first-hand experience alongside continued university support.

In 2020 Surrey won the National Undergraduate Employability Award for the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements) for the second year running.

6. Your student experience, your way

Our Students’ Union is run by students, for students. They host club nights in our campus venues and organise unforgettable events, from sporting competitions to a variety of balls and galas, to ensure you have an incredible experience.

We have over 180 clubs and societies, whether you’re a sporting enthusiast and want to represent Team Surrey, or are looking to form friendships with like-minded students, there’s something for everyone.

7. A home in beautiful Guildford

Guildford lies mid-way between London and Portsmouth. A bustling English town with a beautiful cobbled high street and a medieval castle at its heart, Guildford is surrounded by nature and the Surrey Hills. It's been voted one of the best places to live in the UK in recent years.

Our Stag Hill campus is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk away from Guildford’s town centre, an exciting blend of cultural, historic and modern attractions.

What's in Guildford?

  • Large cinema
  • Music and comedy venues, including three theatres
  • Galleries
  • Cathedral
  • Surrey Sports Park, leisure centre and outdoor activities
  • 100+ places to eat and drink
  • 240+ retailers
  • Regular farmers’ markets selling fresh produce.

8. Great transport links

Studying at Surrey means you’ll benefit from our Guildford location. We’re a 10-minute walk from the mainline train station which can take you to central London in just 34 minutes. Heathrow Airport is a 30-minute drive away, Gatwick is within 40 minutes and the beautiful South Coast is within 50 minutes.

A regular bus service runs up to every 10 minutes from the town centre to our campuses, as well as the local Tesco superstore. Most facilities are within walking distance on campus, but all our sites also have bikes for hire to help reduce our carbon footprint.

9. Student diversity

Our growing global community is made up of more than 17,000 students across all study levels, from over 140 different countries. Our campus is an inspiring place to be with its rich culture and diverse student population.

We’re a vibrant, multi-faith and multi-cultural university and we respect people from all walks of life for all they bring to the student community. Everyone is welcome at Surrey.

10. Studying closer to home

Whether you’re local or travelling from afar, a full-time student or someone with other commitments, we know how important home can be. At Surrey, we offer a wide range of learning opportunities, from lectures, seminars, work placements, laboratory work and fieldwork, to studying at home through virtual learning.

Find out more

Find out more about campus life and what it’s like to study here from some of our current students.

We are Surrey. We’re here for you.