Study at the University of Surrey

Welcome to the University of Surrey

Highly ranked and based in the heart of South East England, the University of Surrey is set in the peaceful town of Guildford. Surrounded by English countryside, you will find inspiration in the rolling hills of Surrey, while still living within easy reach of bustling London. Immerse yourself in a practical learning experience whilst enjoying a community of likeminded students who are ready to change the world.

Best university placement service in the UK

The University of Surrey has been awarded the best university work placement service for the third year straight in the 2021 National University Employability Awards, making it the best place to become a highly employable graduate.

Why study at the University of Surrey?

  • Access world-class research facilities
  • Choose from an extensive array of work placements
  • Be inspired by leading academics
  • Join a thriving student community
  • Get involved with a vibrant Students' Union
  • Benefit from academic and personal support to ensure a well-rounded university experience
  • Feel at home on a campus consisting of academic buildings, accommodation and food options.

Living in Surrey

A view of Surrey University from across the lake

Set in a tranquil lakeside campus, the University of Surrey is surrounded by countryside and only 10 minutes’ walk from Guildford’s town centre. Guildford blends culture, entertainment and history. You can explore shops, restaurants and even a historic castle and gardens.  

Employability and placements

Student using robotics equipment at the University of Surrey

All degree programmes at the University of Surrey offer a Professional Training Year placement at one of over 2,300 employment partners. Taking part in a work placement will give you essential work experience and help build your confidence.


Choose from a wide range of subjects at Surrey, where are degree programmes are consistently highly ranked to reflect its quality teaching and learning environment.

World-class facilities

From the day you arrive on campus you will be welcomed into the University family with access to all of Surrey’s fantastic campus facilities and student resources. You will find everything you need for an exciting life in Surrey. Make new friends in the Students’ Union, go for a swim or lift some weights at the Surrey Sports Park, or find your new study space in the innovative Library and Learning Centre. 

The University of Surrey is a research-led institution. The 5G Innovation Centre is the world’s largest academic research centre and is dedicated to the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. New investments include state-of-the-art laboratories, open plan learning spaces and seminar rooms as part of the science, technology, engineering or mathematics facility.

First-class student experience

Students at the University of Surrey are amongst the most satisfied in the UK. Surrey ranked top 10 in the Times Higher Education 2018 Student Experience Survey. Surrey’s commitment to student satisfaction means that while you study you will receive both personal and academic support and development, as well as access to world-class learning resources.

At the International Study Centre you will be surrounded by international students and supported by tutors who help you adjust to living and studying in the UK. It's the perfect start to your journey to a degree at Surrey.

Career and development

As a student at Surrey, you'll be preparing for your future both inside and outside of the classroom. As well as learning from experts of industry, you'll benefit from many opportunities to develop your employability skills – from practical work experiences to first-class advice from the Employability and Careers Centre.

Top-ranked degrees

The University of Surrey has established itself as a leading university in a variety of areas, ranking top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2021 for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Sociology, Veterinary Science, Music, Chemistry and Criminology.

Pathway programmes at the International Study Centre

The International Study Centre will fully prepare you for degree study at Surrey. You can find out more on our programme pages:

International Foundation Year

Pre-Masters programme

No matter the pathway you choose, you will gain the skills and knowledge to progress to your chosen degree. The University offers a wide range of degree subjects for you to choose from - ensuring you are on the perfect degree for your interests and career goals.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.