Accommodation

The University has over 5,000 rooms available to students in Courts of Residence both on campus and in nearby Manor Park, Bellerby Court and Hazel Farm.

All accommodation is self-catered with shared kitchen facilities and many have en-suite bathrooms. Most are single rooms but there are 86 split-level shared rooms in Stag Hill Court and 40 studio flats suitable for couples.

University Accommodation: Band D, Manor Park

Applying for accommodation

Undergraduate students should:

  • Apply by 25 July 2018 in order to be guaranteed University accommodation
  • Make a valid online application for accommodation 48 hours after you have made Surrey your firm choice, indicating your room preferences
  • Receive an automatic email response following application
  • Receive a room allocation by email in late August when you have become Unconditional Firm and your place at University is confirmed through UCAS
  • Pay an advance payment of £250 and sign an electronic accommodation agreement as soon as possible on receipt of this email to confirm your room

Postgraduate students should:

  • Apply by 1 August 2018 in order to be guaranteed University accommodation
  • Make a valid online application for accommodation 48 hours after you formally accept your offer through the Applicant Portal, indicating your room preferences
  • Receive an automatic email response following application
  • Pay a deposit of at least £2000 towards your tuition fees or submit a valid sponsorship letter by the deadline specified in the Applicant Portal
  • Receive your room allocation from mid-August onwards
  • Pay an advance payment of £250 and sign an electronic accommodation agreement as soon as possible on receipt of this email to confirm your room

Full information on the University accommodation policy and details of the different Courts of Residence can be found on the Accommodation Services website.

University Accommodation: Band C, Cathedral Court

How will I pay for my room?

You will receive an invoice to your University of Surrey email account once you have registered for your course and you can either choose to pay in full or you can pay in termly instalments by debit or credit card.  Payment should be made online through the e-payment gateway or in person in the Student Services Centre.

Smoking on campus

The University supports current smoke free legislation. It is therefore illegal to smoke inside any University building. This includes your University bedroom, kitchen and common room areas.

Do I need insurance?

It is important that you take out a travel insurance policy before leaving your country which will cover you in case anything happens to you or your belongings whilst on your journey to the UK. This can be arranged through a travel agent or insurance company.

All students living in University accommodation are covered by a standard insurance for personal possessions (value up to £5,000) and laptop (inside your room, value up to £2,000). This is included in the rent, but you can extend the cover, by paying additional fees, to include mobile phones outside your room and other benefits. The insurance policy is with Endsleigh Insurance, the UK’s most experienced provider of student insurance cover.

If you are studying on a programme of less than six months, you should take out private health insurance during your stay in the UK, unless you are from an EU country or a country with a reciprocal health agreement. If you are from the EU, you will need to produce your European Health Insurance (EHIC) card if you require any hospital treatment. If you are studying on a programme of more than six months and have a current student visa valid for more than six months, you will be covered by the National Health Service whilst in the UK but you may also wish to take out private medical insurance for extra cover.

You must take out additional travel insurance if you plan to travel to other countries outside the UK for a holiday during your studies. You may find that some banks offer packages that include travel insurance and there are companies who specialise in insurance policies for international students which include a certain amount of overseas travel. If you are travelling on University business, for example, to a conference, you may be covered by the University insurance policy.

Council Tax

Council tax is charged on residential dwellings in the UK to help pay for services provided to the local community, including refuse, policing, roads and social services. Most full-time students are exempt from this tax, either because they live in University accommodation or in accommodation rented solely by full-time students. Students living off campus who are on a programme of less than one year may be liable to pay this tax. It may also apply to students who move into off-campus accommodation before they have registered as a full-time student.