Train travel

Train Travel to Guildford

The main Guildford railway station is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the University.

Guildford station has excellent rail links and acts as an interchange for 3 different railway lines and many staff and students already enjoy the benefits of taking the train.  

Why go by train?

The University actively encourages staff and students to adopt sustainable travel choices and we are committed to reducing the number of (single occupancy) car journeys to the campus. Staff and students who travel by train play a significant part in helping us meet these objectives.

Travelling by train is easy and offers a convenient, relaxing and safer alternative for many who don’t want the hassle of driving, finding a parking space or the traffic congestion that goes with it.

As well as offering an environmentally friendlier solution to commuting by car, some staff and students have built exercise regimes into their day by running or cycling to stations as part of their commute.

All students may apply for a 16-25 Railcard to gain discounted travel on mainline services and an 18+ Student Oyster photocard for cheaper travel within London.

16-25 Railcard

A 16-25 Railcard is available to all students aged between 16-25 and mature students in full time education at the University.

The Railcard costs £30 for a year or £70 for 3 years if purchased in advance and will allow you to make savings of up to a 1/3 on both long and short journeys throughout the week. The only restriction is that if you travel between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday (except during July and August), a minimum fare of £12 will apply. There is no minimum fare on weekends and public holidays, or any time during July and August.

If you are under 25, you may apply online via the 16-25 Railcard website.

You can also buy a 16-25 Railcard in person, by presenting your completed 16-25 Railcard application form (available below) and proof of identity to a staffed station ticket office or National Rail-licensed Travel Agent. You will also need to take with you a passport-style photo.

16-25 Railcard Application Form (622.94KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Mature Student Railcard

Mature Students may also apply online but must first submit evidence of your eligibility by submitting a completed Mature Student Online Application Form with your application. 

Mature Student Railcard Application Form (935.13KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

You will need to take the completed form to the Student Services who will endorse it with the University stamp. You can then scan a copy of the form, along with your Student photocard as proof of identity and a digital passport style photo.

Mature students will need to provide evidence of continuing study every year, and so are only eligible to apply for the 1 year railcard.

Mature students can also buy a Railcard in person, by presenting your completed Railcard application form (which will need to have been endorsed by Student Services) and proof of identity to a staffed station ticket office or National Rail-licensed Travel Agent. You will also need to take with you a passport-style photo.

18+ Student Oyster photocard scheme

The University of Surrey also participates in the 18+ Student Oyster photocard scheme. If you live at a London address during term time you may apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard to save 30 per cent against the price of adult rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit the 18+ Student Oyster website. You can only apply for a 18+ Student Oyster photocard online.

Transport for London will automatically send your application to the University for approval so you do not need to visit Student Services.

Train Routes, Operators & Service Frequency

Train services to Guildford are currently operated by Great Western Railway from Reading to Gatwick Airport (2 trains per hour) and South Western Railway from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour via Woking (up to 4 trains per hour), Waterloo to Guildford via Cobham or Epsom (2 trains per hour) and Ascot to Guildford via Aldershot (2 trains per hour).

A peak hour service is operated by Southern Trains from London Victoria via West Croydon & Leatherhead.

A map of rail services for Guildford and the surrounding areas is available below (click to enlarge).

Quickest Journey Times to Guildford

Aldershot17 minutes
Clapham31 minutes
Dorking (Deepdene)16 minutes
Godalming7 minutes
London Waterloo35 minutes
Portsmouth & Southsea55 minutes
Redhill28 minutes
Reigate23 minutes
Surbiton33 minutes
Wimbledon41 minutes
Woking8 minutes

Train Tickets

An annual ‘season’ ticket will usually offer the best value for money if you are travelling more than 3 days per week. Tickets bought for short periods or on a daily basis will cost more, particularly if your journey is during ‘peak’ transport hours in the morning. Peak transport hours vary between operators and on routes so please consult the train operator’s websites using the links on the right hand side of this page.

Most train journeys require you to purchase a ticket before boarding either online, from the ticket office at the station or via a ticket machine. Tickets are available from the conductor if you board at certain stations operated by Great Western Railway on the Reading to Gatwick line.

Like all forms of transport, the cost of train travel has increased in recent years but the train is either better value or comparable to the cost of commuting by car on a daily basis from the following towns:

AshBlackwaterChilworthCrowthorne
DorkingCroydonFarnborough (North)Gomshall
North CampReadingRedhillSandhurst
ShalfordSouthamptonWokingWokingham

Taking bikes on Trains

Where possible, train operators will allow you to take your bike on the train although some restrictions may apply and you should check the individual operators policy below:

South Western Railway cycle policy
Southern Railway Cycle Policy

Great Western Railway Cycle Policy

How to get from the station to Stag Hill campus

By foot

Leave the station by the footbridge and rear exit. Turn right from the station along Guildford Park Road and take the second turning on the right. Follow the path through the Council car park to the Yorkies entrance to campus.

By Bike

Leave the station by the main entrance. Turn left and cycle down Walnut Tree Close. Follow the cycle route signs and turn left on the approach road to Jewsons Builders Merchants. Cross the railway line using Yorkies Bridge and onto campus.   

By Bus

Stagecoach buses operate a regular service to the campus. Leave the station by footbridge and rear exit, cross over the main road to bus stop. Service 1 runs approximately every ten minutes during the day. The earliest service is at approximately 5.15am and runs throughout the day, with a reduced service of 1 bus per hour after midnight. On Sundays there is a reduced service.

Students can purchase a Stagecoach bus card at discounted rates, and is excellent value for money especially for those based at the Leggett Building, Surrey Sports Park or Manor Park Residences, the travelcards are also valid for journeys around urban Guildford and the town centre.  Buy your Stagecoach bus card here

PLUSBUS tickets enable unlimited bus travel around Guildford when purchased with a train ticket – for further information see the PLUSBUS website.