The International Student Support team is here to help and advise you from now until you graduate, and beyond. The team provides a professional and dedicated advisory service to all prospective and currently registered international students.
We advise on all immigration matters for students and their dependants and offer a full checking service if you need to make a new Tier 4 visa application. International Student Support are also able to advise on the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) if you have a credible and viable business plan to develop after you graduate. Please note: we cannot advise on Tier 2 or Tier 5 visas.
You can visit us at the Student Services Centre, which should be your first stop for help and support once you have registered at Surrey. The Centre is a welcoming and friendly place to find advice and information on a wide range of student life issues, including registration and fees, money and financial advice, to information about visas, international travel or the local area. Located next to Senate House normal opening hours are 8:30am–5:30pm.
"My advice to new students starting at Surrey would be this: don’t be nervous, enjoy your university life. Don’t be shy, talk to others and join societies that you are interested in to help make a balance between study and entertainment."Kiu Chung Jacqueline Tang (Hong Kong Chinese), BSc Accounting and Finance
Student Life Mentoring provides a proactive supportive service to all first-year students living in university accommodation. Mentors are all current students who can help with any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the year, relating to any aspect of student or UK life. Mentors aim to help their fellow students find solutions to problems at the earliest opportunity, before they impact study or student life. Mentors also organise regular social events which provide a great opportunity to get to know new people.
The University has a range of services to help you with your finances during your time at Surrey. The Student Money team can provide information on student fees, payment and policies and help you with any aspect of your financial situation. Help is available on living costs and how to budget and manage your money during your studies. If you need help with money matters contact us to arrange an appointment with an advisor.
As a Surrey student, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. The University of Surrey Students’ Union is a not-for-profit charity, led by students, for students. We are the sole representative body for University of Surrey students and we are the centres of student life on campus. We offer over 40 Sports Clubs and over 60 societies, including a number of international and religious societies, for you to get involved with.
We also provide trips to places of interest in the UK, nights out and activities to participate in on campus. We are also here to help should you have an academic or welfare issue, and can give you advice or help represent you, should you need it. You are always welcome to visit us, so make sure you get the most out of your student experience.
Centre for Wellbeing
The Wellbeing Centre, based on campus, promotes the awareness and benefits of good emotional, psychological and physical health. Counsellors are available all year round and run both individual and group sessions to help with any problems that may arise during your time at Surrey. All services are free of charge to all students and confidential.
Britain is a multi-faith and multicultural society and the University welcomes students and staff of all faiths or none. It has a network of chaplains drawn from many religious traditions including Buddhist, Catholic, Church of England (Anglican), Jewish, Muslim and Methodist faiths. The Quiet Centre is available to all members of the University for prayer and meditation, religious worship or meetings. The Anglican and Catholic Chaplain are both full time and work on campus. The other Chaplains work off campus in their professions and come onto campus for appointments with students and general meetings.
Off campus, Surrey has a deep and varied religious heritage, ranging from a modern cathedral, overlooking the University, to the UK’s oldest mosque in Woking. There are many places of worship for other faiths including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Additional Learning Support
The University aims to provide support wherever possible to students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties to ensure that they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability compared with their non-disabled peers. The ALS team has a strong belief in independent learning and provides a confidential information and advice service for dyslexic and disabled students.