Make sure you are prepared for your journey and enjoy Guildford

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With September just about the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to Guildford! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

At the University of Surrey International Study Centre, term starts Monday 26th September. Be sure to arrive on time for induction at 9am.

Be prepared

We recommend flying into London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports, as they are the closest international airports to Surrey. Before catching your flight, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Before you leave:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Book your flights
  • Complete the pre-arrival form
  • Book your taxi transfer

It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to Guildford and during your first week.

What to bring with you on your first day:

  • Evidence of your Secure English language test
  • Passport and visa
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while travelling.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.

During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, Guildford and the International Study Centre. This week is often called “induction”. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might have some extra time to explore your new home city. Guildford is a large town with a bountiful history and a reputation for fine arts.

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. Guildford has a great transportation system, including buses and two railway stations. Guildford railway station provides quick and easy access to London or Portsmouth.

Happening in September & October:

  • Surrey Game & County Fair – A great opportunity to experience the rural life of Surrey and the rural traditions of England. There will be all forms of rural activities, including falconry, vintage tractors, food, dog events and much more.
  • Guildford Book Festival – Through a week of workshops, courses and talks in October to celebrate literature and the creative process.
  • Farnham Food Festival – For one day, Farnham becomes a bustling hub of food and live music, just a quick train ride outside of Guildford.

Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help.

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