The University of Surrey is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford, named the eighth best place to live in the UK in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2015. Join us for an Open Day to explore Guildford for yourself.

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Life in Guildford and the local area

Guildford and the surrounding area is a great place to live, offering a vibrant blend of entertainment, culture and history.

240+ retailers

Guildford’s cobbled high street is home to some of the best shopping in the region. The town also boasts three shopping centres and a variety of markets, including a monthly farmers market stocked with local foods and produce.

Discover more on the Experience Guildford website and download the official Guildford app.

100+ places to eat and drink

From cool cafes and cosy pubs to stylish restaurants and lively bars, Guildford offers plenty of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Find out more on the Experience Guildford website and download the official Guildford app.

Guildford highlights

There's lots going on in Guildford.

Attractions include:

Learn more on the Experience Guildford website and download the official Guildford app.

Woking and Aldershot

Woking and Aldershot are popular and affordable towns close to Guildford. Both offer easy access to the University and London, as well as a wide range of local facilities and attractions. 

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A frequent bus service between Guildford town centre and the University campus runs late into the night.

Guildford is easily accessible - adjacent to the A3 main road and on the direct railway line between London Waterloo and Portsmouth.

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Woking is a hub for motor racing - McLaren’s world-famous Formula 1 team is based in the town.

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Surrey, London and further afield

Guildford is a great base from which to explore the rest of south east England - and beyond.

Check out the Visit Surrey website to discover the wide range of things to do in Guildford and the surrounding area.

Discover London

It takes just 34 minutes to reach London from Guildford station.

Whether heading up for a show, a sightseeing tour, a night on the town or a spur-of-the-moment day trip, Guildford is an ideal base for exploring the city.

Find out more on the Time Out or Visit London websites.

Surrey is home to Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park, two of the UK’s biggest theme parks.

Great location

Guildford is perfectly placed to take advantage of all that the region has to offer.

If you fancy a trip to the beach at Brighton you can be there in under 90 minutes. If you’re fascinated by Stonehenge or always wanted to wander around Hampton Court Palace then you can be there and back within a day.

For sports enthusiasts, it’s easy to reach the tennis at Wimbledon or the rugby at Twickenham plus a huge variety of sports events in London.

And for those with an adventurous spirit, you can easily hop on a ferry at Dover for a trip across the channel.

Guide to Guildford, Surrey and the south east

Download a copy of our guide to learn more about Guildford, Surrey and the south east.

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Guildford is less than 35 minutes from Heathrow and Gatwick, the UK’s two largest international airports.

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Student accommodation

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Surrey student experience

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Our campus

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