Venue, travel and parking

Travelling to campus for your ceremony couldn’t be easier, with great transport links to the University and free parking available (subject to availability). 

How to get here

For information on how to get to the University by train, car, coach and airplane take a look at our visit the University site.


All cars are to be parked in the main University car park.  If you require a space please book before attending by selecting the relevant day below.

Parking for Wednesday 10 April

Parking for Thursday 11 April

Parking for Friday 12 April

If you require disabled parking on campus please contact our transport team.  Parking at the Cathedral is only available for graduands who will find it difficult to access the Cathedral from campus.  To reserve a space at the Cathedral please contact 

Travel insurance advice

If you are booking travel and accommodation please ensure your travel insurance will cover you if you do subsequently need to change or cancel your bookings. Unfortunately, the University will not be able to refund any ancillary costs, such as for travel and accommodation, should government guidance change and the event be cancelled or postponed. 

Google maps

Parking permit

Campus map

The venue

The graduation ceremonies are usually held at the Guildford Cathedral. It is a beautiful venue based right next to the University campus.

The following items are not permitted in the Cathedral*:

  • Large bags and suitcases
  • Selfie sticks
  • Helium balloons
  • Food and drink (apart from water)
  • Flowers

Large bags and suitcases

You and your guests are advised not to bring large bags or suitcases to the Cathedral. However, if you do have to bring them, you will not be able to take them into the Cathedral with you due to security reasons and limited space.

There will be a ‘left luggage’ facility for your use at the Cathedral, but please be aware that your bags may be searched and are left at the owner’s risk. At the end of the ceremony, it is the owner’s responsibility to collect their piece of luggage.

Bags in the Cathedral*

Graduands and guests are limited to one small bag per person in the Cathedral which must fit under your seat.  A bag check will be carried out before entering the Cathedral*. On arrival please be prepared to open your bag so security can have a quick look inside.


If you have purchased flowers from the flower stand on campus you will not be able to bring these into the Cathedral with you due to limited space and to protect those with allergies.  There is a table in the main entrance where flowers can be left (at your own risk) and collected at the end of the ceremony.  A member of Cathedral staff will be on hand to help you with this.


There is a ramp via the west entrance to the Cathedral, and wheelchairs are available inside. For further information visit the Guildford Cathedral site.


The nearest toilets to the Cathedral are in the refectory building adjacent to the flight of steps leading from the University campus, there is also disabled access for these.

First aid

First aiders will be on duty at the Cathedral.