University of Surrey

Wonderful things happen here.

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016, Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.

Since 2000, our estate has been transformed through a £400 million building development and improvement programme - including £130 million on student accommodation, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park, £16 million on the new Library and Learning Centre and £4.5 million on the Ivy Arts Centre.

Why should you study here?

Campus and location

The University of Surrey’s beautiful campus offers students the best of both worlds. Our safe, self-contained student community is just ten minutes’ walk from Guildford town centre, named the eighth best place to live in the UK in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2015.

It takes just 34 minutes to reach London from Guildford station. Whether heading up for a show, a sightseeing tour, a night on the town or a spur-of-the-moment day trip, Guildford is an ideal base for exploring the city.
See what our students think of our campus and take a look around.


In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top-ten university in major national university league table rankings.

Surrey is ranked within the top one per cent of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2015 and is 18th in the QS league table of the world's highest-performing universities under 50 years old.


We’re proud of our excellent track record for graduate employability. Our Careers Service is available to all Surrey students. Our experts can advise on graduate jobs, further study, graduate schemes and internships.

Global Opportunities

Internationalisation permeates all that we do at Surrey, contributing significantly to our mission to solve global challenges, lead research and innovation, and fuel generations of students with a spirit of curiosity and a desire to improve the world we live in.

We encourage students to take advantage of our international connections and explore the world.


University of Surrey research is addressing this century’s most pressing challenges, fuelling students with a spirit of curiosity and drive to improve the world. In the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF), 98 per cent of our research outputs were rated to be world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour.


Surrey Sports Park

Surrey Sports Park is one of Europe’s leading sports venues and the home of Team Surrey.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an established player, you’ll be welcomed into our friendly sporting community.

Watch our Sports Film

Library and Learning Centre

The University of Surrey Library and Learning Centre is the academic hub of our campus.
We’ve invested £16 million in the Library over the past five years to create a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union lies at the heart of campus life and offers a wide range of activities to help you discover new interests, have fun and make friends.

Learn more on the Students' Union website.

International Support

With students from over 120 different countries, we’re proud to be one of the most culturally-diverse universities in the UK. Specialist staff in our International Office are here to help your throughout the application process - from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

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Holly Boothroyd from the USA, BSc Computing and Information Technology

Testimonial from Holly Boothroyd from the USA, BSc Computing and Information Technology, student at University of Surrey

I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to live and study in England. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I have had here for anything. Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I went to an American college, but it always leads me to imagine all the things I wouldn’t have been able to experience and learn if I did.

Before I even properly started thinking about moving to England, I idolized it. I dreamed of hanging out with a bunch of English people, exploring some of the oldest, most influential, and architecturally stunning cities the UK has to offer, and being able to go to the other European countries on a mere whim! Unlike many dreams, these came true. I spend every free moment of my life visiting every corner of the UK, and have been to nine countries in just two years. So while I may not go to a college football game every Friday, I have countless cultures and unforgettable experiences in my grasp for the taking.

The friends that I have met here will be my friends for a lifetime. They are from all over the world.I have friends from Russia, Spain, France, Canada, Turkey, Czech Republic, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Nigeria, Scotland, and Germany…I can’t think of them all. The amount of diversity is such an eye opening experience. I get to learn from them first-hand about their countries and culture. 

England and Europe is a magical place. I encourage you all to take the plunge. There’s not a chance you will regret it.

Rebecca Clarke from the USA, BEng Medical Engineering

Testimonial from Rebecca Clarke from the USA, BEng Medical Engineering, student at University of Surrey

It’s a huge step to leave home and friends behind to study in another country, let alone one thousands of miles away. Growing up with an English father in America, I always wondered how my life would have been different had I not moved when I was young. I decided that university would be the time to find out! Once the decision of coming to the UK had been made, deciding where exactly to go was the next step. I study Medical Engineering, a course which is not as common in the US as it is in the UK for undergraduates. As it isn’t common, most don’t know exactly what it entails. For me, it’s the route to designing prosthetic limbs, something I have wanted to do since about the 10th grade. In fact, one of the great benefits of studying in the UK is that they give you the opportunity to specialize in your chosen subject as soon as you start studying.

University of Surrey was my top choice because the course offered exactly what I wanted, in a great town within 30 minutes of central London. Surrey also boasts a great Placement Training Year (PTY) scheme, which allows students to work in their chosen field for a year in between their studies. It’s like an internship, but paid, and in an area that really interests you!

I was lucky to go on vacation to the UK to visit potential universities, to talk to current students, tour campus and accommodation, and see what the course has to offer. After visiting several universities, I knew Surrey was for me, not only because the course was right, but the whole university environment was so fun and welcoming. Even if you don’t have the chance of visiting a university before applying, don’t be afraid to get in contact with any university that interests you, ask for a chance to talk to a current student, or just follow a student’s blog, anything to personalize your interaction with the university so that you know it’s the right choice for you.

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