If you need accommodation, make sure you are prepared and apply in plenty of time.

University accommodation

We have more than 5,000 rooms available to students, all located within easy reach of campus and Guildford town centre. Our student accommodation puts you at the heart of the action and is a great way of meeting other students across a range of courses.

If you haven’t applied for your accommodation yet, there’s no time like the present. Applications for 2018/19 open on Monday 19 February 2018. We have a wide choice of accommodation available to suit different budgets. Once you've done your research and found the right type of accommodation for you, you can apply online indicating your preferences based on price band.

Full details of the allocation policy and how to apply are available on our Accommodation website.

Students with special requirements will be offered appropriate accommodation depending on recommendations received each year from the Additional Learning Support team.

Your room allocation

You will receive an email within four hours confirming that your application has been made. Allocations and offers are made in August for September starters.

Once you have moved in, your invoice will be sent to your university email account within 14 days of your arrival, so make sure you have a live University IT account. You’ll then need to keep an eye on your email inbox and – just in case – check your junk folder from time to time.

Preparing for University accommodation 

Read our guidance so you are prepared:

As a student living in University accommodation, you'll need bedding and some kitchen equipment as well as clothes and toiletries. You'll also need to have the relevant documents to hand when arriving on campus and during registration.

While you'll want to have your home comforts around you, storage space is limited. To get an idea of the accommodation environment and what you'll need to bring, you might find it useful to take a look at the floor plans and photos on the Accommodation website.

All kitchens in shared flats are equipped with a microwave, toaster, over, grill, oven, fridge and freezer. You’ll also have your own kitchen cupboard space.

Packing the right things can be a challenge, so we've put together a Packing Checklist (PDF) to help you decide what to bring.

Before you set off:

  • Clearly mark all your luggage with your name, the name of your Court of Residence and your room number – you’ll find these on your room confirmation letter
  • Pack your things in containers that can be easily lifted
  • Bring food with you or go for a supermarket shop en route
  • Keep electronic devices (laptops, tablets, etc) and valuables separate to your other luggage and carry these with you to your room
  • Keep your room confirmation letter with you and photo ID – you’ll need this to collect your key and it also gives you details of your court of residence and room

Once you've unpacked, one of the first things you'll probably want to do is to get online. You can do this from your own computer by connecting to ResNet – the 'residences network'. Before you can start using ResNet you will need to make sure you have completed the registration process so it’s a good idea to do this before your move-in date so you can plug in your device and start using the internet as soon as you arrive.

ResNet Wired / Wireless

There are two levels of ResNet service available to students, ResNet Wired and ResNet Wireless, both of which have been specifically designed to meet the needs of Surrey residents.

ResNet offers fast and easy internet access for several devices at once. The ResNet Wi-Fi Kit (which will be waiting for you in your room on arrival) has everything you need to get started, including a wireless router with two wired ports and a quick-start guide. As the device is pre-configured, all you will need to do is plug it in and start using the internet. 

You can also connect using a standard internet connection cable. Just plug your device into the ResNet connection point and go. Find out more about ResNet.

Getting online should be really easy, but if you do have problems connecting you can request a visit from a ResNet adviser. Book an appointment via your Court Reception (if you live in Hazel Farm you will need to call 01483 689898), or you can pop along to the IT Service Desk on the first floor of the Library.


We have lots of friendly people on hand to help you in your accommodation. 

Residential Wardens also live on campus and are responsible for residents’ welfare and discipline.

Your warden is there to support your residential experience by listening to any concerns you have. You can expect your warden to be open, aware of communal living challenges, available at agreed times and able to take action to resolve any issues.

Private accommodation

If you’re looking to live off campus, take a look at our information on private accommodation.