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University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. An international outlook is at the heart of the University’s mission to solve global challenges, lead research and innovation.



The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th-century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London. By the beginning of the 1960s, the College had outgrown its main building in Battersea Park Road and in 1962 it was decided to move the institution to Guildford.


Surrey prides itself on excellence in both research and teaching, and was recognised as an ‘outstanding’ institution when it received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework. There are three faculties within the University: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.


Their research seeks to answer global challenges, drive innovation and deliver real-world impact. They have over 1,000 postgraduate researchers at the University of Surrey working on varied research projects from over 170 research areas, alongside nearly 450 supervisors. The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers and early career researchers.


Personal and professional development is embedded at the heart of students' learning experience. In the QS World Employability Rankings 2019, Surrey was ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for work placements and research partnerships with employers. The University has an outstanding record for graduate employability, with 94% of Surrey's 2018 graduates finding a job or going into further education within six months of graduating, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). There is a host of careers support available, including Surrey Pathfinder, a digital hub providing 24-hour access to careers appointments and event bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.


Student services

The Student Services Centre can help if you need information, advice and guidance, or support regarding general non-academic enquiries. Think of us as a ‘first-stop shop’ - the staff has been trained to deal with a wide range of enquiries and provide key information and help on many University services.

If they can’t answer your question, they'll contact colleagues to get the answer or direct you elsewhere if needs be. Current students can access a range of personal information and update certain data through the student records self-service portal.


For international students, the University of Surrey provides support for:

  • Visas and immigration process
  • International travel queries
  • Specialist welfare concerns


Opening in March 2019, The Hive is a new social and study space in the centre of campus. Staff in the Hive are available to offer support and guidance al student-life queries or make appointments with expert advisors.

Housing services

  • The University of Surrey's Accommodation Office will help you find the right place to live, on or off-campus, at an affordable rent, throughout your time at the University of Surrey
  • The university has more than 5,500 rooms of various types to suit all budgets. All our courts, as we call the halls of residence at Surrey, are self-catering with shared kitchen facilities, except for the studio flats (band F) at Manor Park
  • More than 50 percent of rooms have en-suite shower and toilet facilities
  • All first-year students living on campus are allocated a Student Life Mentor who is on hand to provide support, help, and advice
  • The university's accommodation was included in the Student Crown Best Student Accommodation Awards 2018

Library services

The University of Surrey invested £16 million in the Library over the past five years to create a state-of-the-art learning environment. Located within the Library is the Academic Skills and Development team, who are dedicated to providing guidance on your academic work via group-based learning workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-ins, and online tutorials. 

ICT services

As a student at Surrey, you will find that IT will play a big part in your time at the University. Whether you are using one of the 900+ PCs in the Open Access PC rooms, connecting to the wireless network or working from home using off-campus secure web access, IT Services will always provide you with efficient and innovative IT solutions.

Medical services

The Centre for Wellbeing provides support when personal issues are impacting on your ability to study and cope at University. The university offers advice as well as therapeutic and practical support to help you cope and manage your studies. There is an NHS Medical Practice on-site and the Royal Surrey County Hospital is located very close to the university

Student Life

Campus life

Set in the bustling town of Guildford in the heart of the southeast of England, the campus is just a 10-minute stroll from Guildford town centre. There is a frequent bus service between campus and the main railway station, running into the early hours of the morning. Most University buildings are on the Stag Hill site, with accommodation, Surrey Sports Park, the School of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Health Sciences at the Manor Park site nearby. Everything you need is on campus: coffee shops, a food market, a convenience store, a bank, a launderette, a post office, a bookshop, and a health centre.

Sports facilities

Surrey Sports Park is one of Europe’s leading sports venues and the home of Team Surrey.

The facility owned by the University of Surrey has seen millions of visitors through its doors since opening in 2010, providing world-class sports facilities, activities and events to University students, staff, elite teams, athletes and the local community.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an established player, you’ll be welcomed into their friendly sporting community.

University of Surrey students benefit from discounted membership of Surrey Sports Park, giving access to a huge range of facilities, classes, and activities; as well the opportunity to join sports clubs and represent Team Surrey.

Student clubs

The University of Surrey Students’ Union voices student opinion, provides support and advice, and offers volunteering and training opportunities. The Students’ Union also hosts over 180 exciting clubs and societies, and organises unforgettable events and entertainment.


Many of the university's degree programmes are accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.

Guildford, England, United Kingdom

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