Living in Woking
Woking is a large town located in the west of Surrey, providing excellent links to London making it a popular town with young professionals, students and families. Whilst retaining its own unique charm and appeal, the town centre has undergone extensive development in the form of purpose-built accommodation and shopping facilities.
Woking is less than ten miles away and an excellent option for students looking for quick transport links to the University.
Entertainment, sport and leisure
With it being such a popular commuter belt and only a 25-minute train to London Waterloo, Woking this thriving town has plenty to offer.
- Home to Fit (Fields in Trust), a charity dedicated to safeguarding recreational spaces ensuring everyone has access to free, local outdoor space for sports and recreation
- Explore one of the many walking trails and take in some fresh country air
- Visit The Lightbox which is one of the most exciting cultural spaces with three galleries, a museum and café
- Work up a sweat at the Woking Leisure Centre
- Try your hand at Laser Quest, crazy golf, bowling or relax with a film at the local cinema
Eat, drink and shop
Woking offers a modern shopping experience alongside a range of dining options, making the town a lively and interesting place to live. The iconic Peacock Centre is the hub, with great shops and eateries. Woking caters for all needs, from high-end products to affordable, on-the-move food necessities.
- Indulge in a day’s shopping at the Peacock Centre with late night shopping until 8pm on Thursdays
- The Sovereigns has previously been voted the best local pub where you can dine for as little as £4.49 for a main meal
- Take advantage of 2-for-1 cocktail at the Bed Bar, membership here is also free
- The upmarket Sands at Bleak House serve local produce and a selection of fine wines
Woking has seen an influx of population during the past 15 years, as transport has been increased and improved both to and from London. This saw Woking being ranked the second best commuter town of 2016, taking in to account the travel time, cost, and house prices. House prices competitive considering the easy access in to London.
Average rental prices per calendar month (PCM):
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The types of properties vary throughout Woking. There is plenty of purpose-built accommodation around the town centre that offer an on-site gym, concierge and parking. Moreover, there are also plenty of three- and four-bedroom houses available for students looking to lower costs by sharing in larger groups. There are three main purpose-built developments that are very popular with current students. It is estimated around 150 flats are currently occupied by students in these three apartments blocks alone and the blocks are typically studios, one- or two-bedroom apartments.
See further information on these three blocks being discussed:
View a list of local lettings agencies you can approach to help you with your property search.
Property websites are a good starting point, but remember to confirm the agency fees before booking a viewing.
The following information sets out the various options available to students on the assumption they are responsible for their own transport arrangements (the information was correct as of June 2016).
All bus routes between Woking and Guildford are operated by Arriva.
|Number||Route||Journey time||Frequency||Serves campus?|
|34||Via Westfield, Sutton Green, Jacobswell||28 minutes||No (Friary)|
|35||Via Mayford, Grangefields Estate||28 minutes||No (Friary)|
|462||Via Old Woking, Send, Burnt Common, Ripley and Burpham||45–50 minutes||No (Friary)|
|463||Via Old Woking, Send, Burnt Common, Ripley and Burpham||45–50 minutes||No (Friary)|
|28||Via St John's, Hermitage Estate, Knaphill, Brookwood, Pirbright and Worplesdon||1 hour and 10 minutes||Yes|
|TRAVELCARD||VALIDITY||NORMAL PRICE||STUDENT PRICE||STUDENT SAVING|
|Student Arriva Annual Surrey & West Sussex Travelcard||12 calendar months||£800||£400||£400|
|Student Arriva 3 monthly Surrey & West Sussex Travelcard||3 calendar months||£216||£160||£56|
Train travel is the quickest option between Guildford and Woking and the average journey time is eight minutes. On an average weekday, there are 86 trains per day travelling from Woking to Guildford.
Train season tickets:
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The route between Woking and Guildford is connected by the national cycle route 223; this route follows a quiet road.
Students will be able to flip between "fastest", "balanced" and "quietest routes". Egley Road A320 has been improved in recent times and now has dedicated cycle facilities along much of its length.
Cycling at a steady pace would take approximately 45 minutes from the centre of Woking to the Stag Hill campus.
The University can help students get access discounted bikes from suppliers at reasonable prices. A cycle helmet, lights, high-visibility clothing and a decent security lock are all essential for any cyclist and can be purchased on campus.
Guildford and Woking are approximately seven miles apart, roughly a 15-minute drive.
Taxi journeys between Woking and Guildford cost approximately £18 for a single journey.