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Living in Surrey

Explore Guildford and beyond

Studying at Surrey provides all the best England has to offer with the opportunity to live surrounded by beautiful English countryside while only a short train ride from exciting London. The University is set within a relaxed lakeside campus, so you will be within easy reach of everything you need.

University of Surrey location

You won't be far from beautiful woodland and English countryside while studying at the University of Surrey. The Surrey Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with local vineyards and National Trust sites for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

Living in Guildford you will find over 100 places to eat and drink, with a variety of restaurants and cafes to suit every budget. If you like shopping, the town centre has a range of independent boutiques, high street brands and a local farmers' market.

Convenient campus community

Everything you need is right on campus, or just a few streets away in independent shops and modern shopping centres. Large supermarkets and a halal grocery store can be found nearby, and you are sure to love the weekly fruit and vegetable market held on campus every week. On the main Stag Hill campus you will find all the amenities you need – a post office, a bank, a bookshop, a newsagent, and a modern launderette. Find out more about campus life

The International Study Centre is at the heart of Surrey’s campus and you will feel right at home from day one.

University of Surrey International Study Centre

Where to find us

University of Surrey International Study Centre
Philip Marchant Building

Things to do in Guildford, Surrey

Discover the greatest view

Visit Guildford Castle, built shortly after William the Conquerer invaded England in 1066, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of the Great Tower. Here you will experience a real part of history, whilst also seeing how the town of Guildford has become a vibrant and exciting place to live.

Something for every interest

There is so much to see and do in Guilford. See a play at the renowned Arnaud Theatre or shop on Guildford's iconic cobbled high street (a great place to decorate your new room). For more active activities, you can enjoy football and athletics, or even try your hand at skiing on the dry ski slope or zip-lining at the Wild Wood Adventure.

Explore a historic county

Take a day trip out of Guildford and explore the rest of the county of Surrey. Here you can discover many heritage sites, including Windsor Castle and Kew Gardens, and has easy access to sports sites including Twickenham and Wimbledon.

Guildford is also perfectly located for exploring the rest of the South East region. In under 90 minutes you could be on the south coast at Brighton beach or wandering the New Forest. 

Close to exciting London

The capital city of London is often regarded as one of the world’s greatest cities, and is easily accessible for students at Surrey - under 40 minutes away by train. London is a cultural hub of great food, exciting events and rich history. Enjoy a sightseeing tour to learn the layout of the city, visit a museum or see a world-renowned West End show.

Jonathan from Brunei

"One place I particularly like is the lakeside because you can just sit there for a while, you can relax and empty your mind. It’s a very nice area to spend your time."

Jonathan from Brunei studied Engineering, Science and Mathematics International Foundation Year

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