Services for the community

We offer a wide range of services for the community, business and schools to access.

Residents and community meetings

We currently hold regular (approx. 4 x yearly) community meetings with residents of two areas of Guildford adjacent to our campus (Walnut Tree Close and Lynwood, Hollow Close and Sandalwood). These are forums to discuss local issues and to inform University activity. If you would like to engage in your area please do contact us by email and we'll get back to you. These meetings are currently held virtually using MS Teams. Phone calls can be arranged for those unable to access this service. 

Street Marshals

2 street marshals on patrol

The University of Surrey Street Marshals scheme operates in areas of Guildford close to campus which have high student populations. It has the dual aims of safeguarding students as they transit through areas of Guildford at night and reducing instances of anti-social behaviour including noise. The scheme promotes positive community relationships by educating students on the issues of anti-social noise and littering, asking them to behave responsibly whilst walking through neighbourhoods.

The marshals also support vulnerable students who are in need of help after nights out in Guildford Town Centre. Each patrol consists of at least two contracted security staff experienced with working with our student community. The marshals are in constant contact with campus security, providing a highly visible presence to deter poor behaviour and reassure residents.  At busy periods there can be up to eight patrols out in Guildford coverings areas such as Walnut Tree Close, Scholars Walk, Guildford Park Road, Guildford Park Avenue, Lynwood, wider Onslow area, Southway, Beckingham Road and  the Ashenden Estate. Street Marshal Patrols are usually deployed during term time only on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays and Saturdays 10.30pm-3.30am. 

If you have an issue with street noise attributed to students please call the University campus safety team (formally security) on 01483 682002 and ask if the marshals can be directed to your location. This does not affect your right to report incidents of noise, anti-social behaviour or wider crime to the Police or Guildford Borough Council as appropriate. 


Surrey students and staff are actively involved in our local community, taking part in a wide range of volunteering activities throughout the year. Our Students’ Union Community Zone brings the student community together, integrating them into the local community, and ensuring that there are volunteering opportunities available for all students. The Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard has recognised the excellent work they do with volunteers.

University-wide volunteering and charitable campaigns take place throughout the year. Three recent examples include:

  1. Staff and students giving up their time to volunteer for local charities
  2. Surrey Technology Centre, based on the University’s Research Park, offering local, registered charities free meeting rooms during evenings and weekends
  3. The University partnering with the British Heart Foundation and Guildford Borough Council on a large-scale annual campaign to donate unwanted goods left in student rooms when they move out. 

If you are interested in working with our students union, who can provide student volunteers, please visit the Students' Union website or alternatively, if you are interested in university staff volunteering with you please contact our Public Engagement Managers by email


Conferencing facilities

The campus is a perfect venue to hold your conference or event. With full conferencing facilities available for your event including bespoke catering and modern spaces with up-to-date audio-visual facilities. 

Contact for further details.

Lakeside Restaurant

Operating with the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Lakeside Restaurant offers a modern dining experience. Whether it's a leisurely meet with friends, a quick bite to eat or to entertain that all important business guest, Lakeside makes the ideal location for lunch. 

To make a booking or enquire about availability of Lakeside for your event please email or call 01483 689655.

Local alumni

Many of our alumni choose to live locally within the wider Guildford and Surrey area.

If you are one of our graduates living locally or want to find out more about what we offer to former students please contact or visit the Alumni website

Free rooms for charities

Surrey Technology Centre, owned and managed by the University, provides space for small technology companies specialising in research and design. The Centre also offers local, registered charities free meeting rooms during evenings and weekends. The Centre’s two seminar rooms can seat up to 40 people and are equipped with whiteboards, flipcharts and overhead projectors. Rooms can be booked on weekdays from 5.30pm to 9pm and between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Free parking is available onsite. 

For more information please call the Surrey Research Park office on 01483 579693 or email Angela Parker

Surrey Employment Law Clinic 

Surrey Employment Law Clinic aims to help workers/employees navigate complex employment matters. We offer innovative and effective solutions to enable those employed to assert their rights by availing the legal expertise of Monaco Solicitors' and the award-winning Virtual Lawyer programme.

For a free 20-minute appointment with Monaco Solicitors via Zoom or by phone; or to ask further questions, email

Monaco Solicitors' is a law firm with expertise in employment law. They won the 2021 Law Society Award for Excellence in Technology and Innovation.

Contacting our Public Engagement Managers

If you have any suggestions, questions, issues or concerns regarding the relationship between the University of Surrey, its students and the local community we would like to hear from you. We will always welcome your comments and feedback and our Public Engagement Managers are on hand to help in any way they can. 

Contact the Public Engagement Managers by email or call 01483 300800