The International Student Support team understands that leaving home, possibly for the first time, and moving to an unfamiliar culture can be both exciting and difficult at the same time. We have therefore put together this Pre-Departure website to help you make preparations for your new life in the UK.

In addition, a short checklist and list of important information has been prepared for you to download or print out so that you can refer to it at any time before you arrive on campus and during your first few days at Surrey.

The International Student Support team is happy to help with any questions you may have, including immigration and visa advice, pre-departure information and lots more, and if we can’t help we will certainly be able to direct you to someone who can!

You can contact us by telephone, email or social media.

The University has a long history of welcoming international students from all around the world. We currently have students from over 120 different countries so you will be certain to gain a truly international education and diverse student experience.

We hope you will find this guide useful and that you arrive at the University in good time to enjoy the activities of Orientation and Welcome week.

About the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is based in bustling Guildford, in the heart of South East England, a 34 minute train journey from London.

Guildford offers a blend of entertainment, culture and history. Just ten minutes’ stroll from campus, the town is well-known as a safe, attractive place to live and work.

Our friendly campus community encourages a sense of belonging. With over 120 nationalities all playing a role in University life, you’ll discover a lively, dynamic atmosphere that enriches the student experience for all. The main campus is located on Stag Hill near to the impressive Guildford Cathedral. Tended gardens and leafy parkland blend seamlessly with playing fields, a picturesque lake, striking architecture and public art, making the landscape a unique and much-loved feature of the University.

Learn more about The University of Surrey.

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Find out what it's like to be an international student at Surrey. 

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