Transport and getting around
Before you arrive you may want to think about how you'll get around once you're here.
As a Surrey student, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being within walking distance of Guildford town centre’s shops, parks, restaurants, pubs and clubs. With a great network of bus and rail services nearby, and a good cycling infrastructure, the vast majority of students find they have no need for a car.
There are regular bus services between Manor Park, Stag Hill, Hazel Farm and Guildford town centre between the hours of 6am and midnight. From the town centre, there are also plenty of services covering other areas around Guildford.
For discounted student travel, you can buy a bus Travelcard online. It costs £160 for an annual Travelcard or £70 for a three-month Travelcard. Both tickets represent fantastic value for money, with a saving of more than £500 on the cost of buying the annual ticket directly from the bus company.
If you are a resident of Hazel Farm, a free Arriva bus pass is included in your key pack on arrival.
As well as standard journeys, your travelcard will also cover the University night-bus service. This operates on student nights in Guildford between the town centre, Stag Hill and Manor Park. View our student transport pages to find out more.
The University is a short walk from Guildford railway station. Students are eligible to apply for a 16–25 Railcard to gain discounted travel on mainline services, and an 18+ Student Oyster photocard for cheaper travel within London.
Cycling – both around campus and into Guildford – is very easy and the transport of choice for many students. The University campus has plenty of cycle racks, including one in each court of residence. Some racks are lockable with a key that you can borrow.
In Guildford, there are cycle racks at the railway station and around the town centre, close to the shops. Find out more about cycling on campus.
Since there are very limited spaces (and a community of more than 4,000 students), car parking is not available at the University for most students.
If you live at Manor Park or Stag Hill, you won’t be able to bring a car to the University or park on public roads surrounding the campus.
Hazel Farm residents may park in designated spaces at their residence, but cannot park on the main University campuses.
There are a limited number of parking spaces at Bellerby Court, which are exclusively for students living in this residence. If you have been allocated a room in Bellerby Court, you can apply for a parking space by emailing the Residence Facilities and Contracts Co-ordinator.
While most students can get to, from and around the University easily and cheaply without a car, a small number of student parking permits are available for students who meet the University's eligibility criteria.
Car parking eligibility criteria
We will only consider applications for an essential-use car permit from students who:
- Hold a blue badge
- Have a medical condition that necessitates the use of a car, supported by medical evidence provided by your GP or consultant and endorsed by the Medical Team at the Centre for Wellbeing
- Are resident in University accommodation on Stag Hill or at Manor Park and follow a course of study that either requires regular attendance outside normal public transport operating hours (7am to 7pm) or requires regular use of a car
- Are resident in University accommodation on Stag Hill or at Manor Park and have a compelling childcare need that can only be met with the use of a car
- Are resident in University accommodation on Stag Hill or at Manor Park and are registered as part of the 2017/18 High Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) through the Surrey Sports Park
You can find out more about applying for a permit on our transport pages. Please be aware that the issue of a permit does not guarantee a space – there are no permit refunds if the car park is full.
Find out more about travel and transport at Surrey.
You don’t need your own car – you can use one of ours!
The University operates a Car Club for students to use. Two cars, one on Stag Hill and another based at Manor Park are available for you to hire to go out and about. Discounted membership and cheap hiring rates are available for students and joining the scheme gets you access to other Enterprise vehicles in Guildford and nearly 950 others nationwide!
Students aged 19 and above can apply to join through an online application on the Enterprise website. Quote promo code STUS30 to save £30 when joining the scheme. You can also visit the Enterprise stand at Freshers Fayre to find out more.