Make sure you complete all required steps to register at the University of Surrey.

Activate your IT account (Erasmus+ and exchange students only)

Activating your IT account before you arrive means that you can start receiving important University emails, complete the first step of University registration online, and get access to Surrey's IT services once you are here.

You can activate your IT account as soon as you have received your welcome email confirming your place at Surrey. To do this, you’ll just need to enter your University number (found in your welcome email from the University) and your date of birth. You’ll then be given a username and be asked to set a password.

Once you’ve activated your IT account, you can:

  • Complete the University online initial registration – see below
  • Login and use the computers and printers in our computer labs, as well as other services
  • Access your University of Surrey email (48 hours after)

If you need support or have any queries, find out more about IT at Surrey. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Registration (all students)

Step 1: Complete online registration

Browse to Student Self-Service to complete your online registration. If you experience any difficulties, please follow the instructions on the screen.

Within Student Self-Service, click on ‘My registration’ in the left-hand menu and complete the required steps.

On completion of Online Registration you’ll receive your ‘Confirmation of pre-registration’, which you can either print or save to your phone. You will need this when you register in person during your first week, or in the case of Erasmus+ and exchange students, on the first day of your orientation.

Your IT account will also be enabled on completion of Online Registration so you can access the University of Surrey’s IT Services. Please be aware it can take between 24-48 hours after completion of the online registration before all IT services are available.

These include:

  • Surrey365 email
  • PCs and computer labs
  • Wireless network and ResNet
  • Online library resources
  • Print, photocopying and scanning

If you need support or have any queries, find out more about IT at Surrey. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 2: Choose module options (not applicable to Erasmus+, exchange students and postgraduate research students)

It is expected that you will be able to choose module options from Monday 14 January for the academic year 2018/19 (module selection will not be open any earlier).

If optional modules are offered on your programme, please take some time to review the content and methods of assessment for the modules available by referring to the programme specification and module descriptors at in the module catalogue. Once you have identified which modules you wish to take please log in to Surrey Self-Service and make your selections by Friday 15 February 2019. There is no guarantee that if you change your mind about an ‘optional’ module, that the University will be able to accommodate your request. 

A guide on how to select modules using online module registration is available to download from your programme page on SurreyLearn. Please follow these instructions fully and do not exit from your web browser before you have completed the process. If you are unable to locate a copy please contact your Faculty Student Services for further information.

Please note: You are still required to complete University Registration in order to become a fully registered student at the University.

If you have any queries regarding module selection please contact If you experience any access issues please contact Please remember to include your URN when emailing the University.

Step 3: Attend University registration (not applicable to distance learning and Executive MBA students) 

Please note that the University regulations require students to register in person within two calendar weeks of the beginning of taught* programmes, and within four weeks of research programmes.

When to register:

  • All Erasmus+ and exchange students, plus any postgraduate taught students booked on Meet and Greet: 11:00-12:30, Thursday 31 January – MySurrey Hive
  • All other students: should register at MySurrey Hive (located next to the Lecture Theatre block within the Phillip Marchant Building, Stag Hill Campus) 
    during opening hours within their first week.

Once you are fully registered you will have your photo taken and be issued with your campus card.

What to bring:

  • Confirmation of pre-registration (received after completion of online registration) either printed or on your phone
  • Photographic proof of identity; suitable forms of ID are:
    o A current signed passport
    o A national/EU identification card
  • Notification of finance - see paying your tuition fees (not applicable to Erasmus+ and exchange students).

If you are a non-EEA national, you must bring your confirmation of pre-registration and your current signed passport, plus:

  • Proof of your entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK (right to study) – this will be a stamp or visa in your passport or a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • If you have a Tier 4 (General) visa that is for more than six months, you are required to show your entry clearance stamp (30-day vignette in your passport) and Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Please ensure you collect your BRP from the post office before you attend registration – you can only register with your BRP card.*
  • If you are under 18 at the start of your course, you are required to bring a copy of the consent letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian that you provided when applying for your visa.

*You will need to collect your BRP from:

Guildford Town Post Office
171-173 High Street

View directions from the University of Surrey to the Post Office.

You must collect your BRP from the Post Office within 10 days of arriving in the UK and you will need to show this to officers of the University to confirm that you are eligible to study at Surrey.

UKCISA has prepared some helpful advice for collecting your BRP. See UKCISA's advice.

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) requires that we keep copies of these documents as part of the points-based immigration system, so we’ll take copies during registration. We’re also responsible for keeping a record of your immigration status and for reporting any student who does not register or attend their course at the University.

Registration information for distance learning and Executive MBA students only

On completion of online registration we will send an email to your Surrey email address and you will then be enrolled for your programme – you do not need to follow step 2. When you visit campus, you can take the email to the University Library, along with photo identification to obtain your campus card, which you will require later if you wish to take your exams on campus.

Your campus card

Your campus card gives you access to many of the facilities the University has to offer. You can use it to visit the Library (to borrow books, pay for photocopying etc.), use IT facilities and access other buildings. Your campus card is also your Students’ Union identity card, enabling you to attend Students’ Union events and get student discounts in participating stores or venues. It’s important to look after your campus card as there may be a charge for lost, damaged or stolen cards. The card should be returned to the Library if you leave the University permanently.

After you have registered

GP registration

During your first week you should register with Guildowns Group Practice – the on-campus NHS GP. Find out more. If you are an Erasmus+ or exchange student studying at Surrey for less than 6 months, please refer to our exchange health care and insurance information.

Postgraduate research student induction presentations

We have individual presentations relevant to your faculty. Find out more below.

  • Date: 23 July 2019
  • Time: 1pm – 3pm
  • Location: 13 BA 01
    • 1pm – 2:30pm: Presentation by the Associate Dean, Professor Jeremy Allam
    • 2:30pm – 3pm: Health and safety induction by Chris Buxey.
  • Date: 23 July 2019
  • Time: 1pm – 3pm
  • Location: Room 28 LC 03 (Learning Centre, level 3)
  • Presentation by the Associate Dean and the Research Degrees Office.
  • Date: 23 July 2019
  • Time: 1pm – 2pm
  • Location: 33 AD 04
  • Presentation by the Associate Dean, Kate Gleeson.