Travelling to the University
The University of Surrey is located on a landscaped campus on the outskirts of Guildford. London is only 35 minutes away by train and its major airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both within easy reach, giving ready access from all over the world.
You will be responsible for travelling to the University independently by using various transport links that are available. We encourage you to plan ahead by carefully reading the guidance below so you can plan your travel and create contingency plans for any disruptions to service (for example, train strikes).
For directions to the University, please visit our Travelling to the University page.
The quickest and most cost effective way to travel to Guildford from:
There may be fewer services on weekends and public holidays.
As an Exchange student you will need to arrive a little earlier than other new students so that you can attend your compulsory exchange orientation from 14-15 September.
If you are arriving on either of the following dates you must register for the International Early Arrivals service so that you can access your accommodation on these days:
- Tuesday 12 September
- Wednesday 13 September
To register for the International Early Arrivals service and ensure your key is at the key collection point when you arrive, you will need to complete our online booking form, which is available on this page from July.
The deadline for booking this service is 11:59pm UK time on Tuesday 29 August 2023, so please book as soon as possible.
Please note that you will be responsible for your own luggage. If you are staying in university accommodation, we recommend that you ask your taxi to wait while you collect your key or ensure you can carry your luggage, as your accommodation may be a short drive or walk across campus and uphill or up a flight of stairs.