Published: 09 May 2016

Surrey student travel tips

Read our students' top tips and advice about the places you should visit and the activities you could try during your time at the University of Surrey.

The University of Surrey's handy location - next to the A3 main road and a short walk from Guildford train station - makes it easy for students to get out and about and explore South East England, the rest of the UK and beyond.

Discover some of the things you could do while studying at Surrey - as recommended by our students and graduates.

Visit London

"London is easily accessible, which means I get to see plays and musicals a lot more frequently than I did when living at home."

Ashleigh Edwards, BA Theatre and Performance

One of the world’s most visited cities, the historic, diverse and vibrant delights of the capital are within easy reach of Surrey students - it takes just 34 minutes to reach London from Guildford by train.

Whether heading up for a show, a sightseeing tour, a night on the town or a spontaneous day trip, Guildford is an ideal base for visiting the city.

Venture into the countryside

The University is situated within sight of the beautiful Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dotted with pretty country pubs and National Trust sites, the Hills encompass acres of rolling countryside perfect for walking, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits.

Find out more about the Surrey Hills.

Cool off by the coast

"My favourite place is Brighton. The city has such a unique feel and the perfect mix of alternative styles with beautiful architecture. Brighton is a must see!"

Holly Boothroyd, BSc Computing and Information Technology 

With Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Brighton less than 90 minutes away, it’s easy to escape the campus for a day by the sea.

Read Get Surrey’s guide to beaches near Surrey.

Hop over to Europe

"The University is in such a great location, with easy access to the main cities in England and Europe by trains and planes. For cheap flights, go on the Easyjet and Ryanair websites - some of the tickets are as little as £10."

Holly Boothroyd, BSc Computing and Information Technology 

The University campus is less than 35 minutes from the UK’s two largest international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. Both are home to a variety of budget airlines, making it more affordable than ever to explore the world.

Read MSc International Business Management student You Ting (Adeline) Koo’s blogs about her trips to Paris and Amsterdam and Germany, Austria and Slovakia.

Explore England’s heritage

Whether you like exploring historic sites, enjoying lively nights out or taking peaceful long walks in the countryside, you won’t have to travel far from Guildford to pursue your passions.

The New Forest National Park and world famous cites, such as Bath, Oxford, Cambridge and Stratford upon Avon, home of Shakespeare, are less than two hours’ drive.

Read MSc International Business Management student You Ting (Adeline) Koo’s blog about her trips to Stonehenge and Bath and Scotland and the Lake District, and second year BSc Computing and Information Technology student Holly Boothroyd’s blog about her visit to Bath and Bristol and road trip to Wales.

I really enjoyed my time at Surrey. The short trips with my fellow students to Brighton, London and Poole, and further afield to Hull and Edinburgh were unforgettable!

Eleftherios Konstantopoulos, BEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering graduate

Discover Surrey

Of course, you don't have to wander far from the University campus to find something fun to do during your free time. From historic buildings and open spaces to shopping centres and theme parks, Surrey offers a wide range of attractions that provide the perfect break from studying.

Learn more about Guildford and take a look at Get Surrey’s list of top Surrey tourist attractions.

I’ve lovely memories from my time at Surrey – I used to love to sitting in front of the River Wey at Millmead and visiting Guilford Castle.

Yasser Abd Alla, MSc Structural Engineering graduate

If you're into sports and keeping fit, the University’s £36 million Surrey Sports Park offers 46 sports clubs for students as well as discounted student membership.

Outside of the University, you'll find a wide range sports teams and clubs in Guildford, including rugby, football, athletics, cricket, ice hockey, golf and tennis. There’s even a dry ski slope.

There’s also a new aerial adventure course, which pits you against rope bridges and zip wires high up in the trees, and ice skating, ten-pin bowling, a swimming pool and gym at Guildford Spectrum.

Whenever people ask where I study, the automatic response to hearing ‘Surrey’ is to rave about the Sports Park. It is the envy of all who live outside the area.

Maresa Strano, MSc International Relations

Join a Students’ Union trip

Surrey Students’ Union runs a packed programme of events throughout the year, from day trips to Brighton to weekends away in Europe.

Visit the Students’ Union Facebook page for the events calendar and see the Students’ Union website for details of sports clubs, societies and volunteering opportunities.

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