Published: 30 January 2017

A students’ guide to exploring Guildford

Our guide for students who are new to the area. Discover the best places to explore in Guildford.

The University of Surrey’s advantageous location, just ten minutes’ stroll from the centre of Guildford, means that there are always many wonderful things to discover. Named the eighth best place to live in the UK in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2015, Guildford is a bustling, historic town offering a dynamic mix of entertainment, culture and history.


Guildford is a lovely place, there’s all sorts of great stuff going on. There’s loads of restaurants in town, a good nightlife, beautiful parks and castles, a scenic river and coffee shops galore. What’s not to like?

Andy Plom, BA Theatre and Performance


Our students come from many different locations and we understand that moving to an unfamiliar town can seem daunting. In anticipation of this, we have put together a handy guide for new students to help you to quickly feel at home in Guildford.



Getting involved in sport is the easiest way to meet people and socialise. Even if you don’t want to get involved in sports at a competitive level, you can play socially and for the fun of it!

Jake Simpson, BSc Business Management


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