My student experience
"From the moment I arrived at Manor Park reception, welcomed and cheered by Freshers’ Angels, I felt an instant connection with Surrey."
Course, BSc (Hons)Politics and Economics
"Both politics and economics play a massive role in shaping the world we live in - one completes the other if you will!
My lecturers are often so enthusiastic about what they’re teaching that it makes things way more interesting.
Seminar and tutorial leaders are very engaging and, as it’s a smaller learning environment, this allows for detailed clarifications of the content covered during lectures.
I currently live at Manor Park, which is very nice! I was pleasantly surprised by the University accommodation, as I had heard a few “horror stories” from friends of mine who had come to study in the UK. Although Manor Park is a 15-minute walk to Stag Hill, it’s a very pleasant walk. There is also a bus service that runs pretty regularly – one every 10 minutes at peak times. As everyone is in the same position as you are, staying in University accommodation makes it easy to make friends and connect with people.
Getting to and from the University campus is extremely easy, which is great for EU and international students like myself. Guildford train station provides direct trains to Gatwick Airport and very frequent connections to London Waterloo, where you’re able to get trains and coaches to all major UK cities and airports.
"I was determined to choose an institution that could provide a student-friendly environment"
When choosing my university choices, I was determined to choose an institution that could provide a student-friendly environment throughout my studies.
Although relatively small, Guildford has everything a student needs. The town centre is both vibrant and welcoming, with a great nightlife and only a short walk away from the main University campus.
The University offers great on-campus accommodation for all tastes and budgets and there are tons of clubs and societies to join including teams of all major sports at Surrey Sports Park. I joined the Politics Society and the Portuguese Society. The Politics Society often organises events and socials – it’s nice to have conversation with people interested in what you are studying! The Portuguese Society is a very nice way of getting to know other people from my country and helps us cure any home-sickness.
As a first year, my best moment so far has been Welcome Week. From the moment I arrived at Manor Park reception, welcomed and cheered by Freshers’ Angels, I felt an instant connection with Surrey. The University community is extremely welcoming, and the student body is remarkably diverse - so it’s rather effortless to find someone with who you can connect. As an international student this was extremely convenient, and really helped smooth the transition into University life. The University and the Students’ Union prepared a series of academic and non-academic activities, such as course inductions and nights-out at Rubix - so there was never a time I had nothing to do. I had nothing but fun and joyful moments during my first week at Surrey - moments which I will cherish for the rest of my life."
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