The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. With a beautiful and vibrant campus, it provides exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire and empower its students for personal and professional success.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: S85

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%

Where students come from

  • UK 71%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library and learning centre is located at the heart of the main campus, open 24/7 and providing a wide variety of learning spaces including silent rooms and social study areas.
  • An academic skills and development service is offered at the library (SPLASH – Student Personal Learning and Study Hub), with drop-in sessions, workshops and one-to-one advice providing help for students in core areas of academic, personal and professional development. Topics covered include academic writing, referencing, research skills, preparing for employment, and revision cafés.

Student jobs

  • UniTemps is the University of Surrey's in-house recruitment agency, helping students and recent graduates find work in the local area, as well as within the university itself. Roles range from research support and university administration to taking part in surveys and helping at graduation ceremonies.
  • Located near the centre of Guildford, there are local opportunities for work in shops, bars and restaurants where part-time work is easily found.

Careers advice

  • Surrey students go on to secure graduate roles in leading companies in the UK and around the world; the university is proud of its track record for graduate employability and offers students a wealth of opportunities to prepare for life after graduation.
  • The team in the Employability and Careers Centre works with academics and departments to prepare students for placements, teach them professional and personal skills and ensure they receive the best learning opportunities.
  • Support is provided in large career fairs held on campus, one-to-one advice on career options and recruitment processes.
  • Recently launched, Pathfinder is an online hub where students can get advice, find jobs and find training for new professional skills.

Health services

  • A Student Health Centre is on campus for use by all students; it includes a GP surgery. All students are encouraged to register with a GP at the university as soon as they arrive. Medical professionals see students for illness, prescriptions, referrals to specialists, contraception and sexual health advice, stop smoking support, immunisations and blood tests.
  • The Royal Surrey Hospital is also located very close to the university campus.
  • While there is not a dental surgery on campus, the Guildford Dental Centre offers free dental examinations if students show their university card, and a subsequent discount on any treatment that may be necessary.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Centre of Well-being at the University of Surrey provides a broad range of mental health support, including one-to-one counselling, group workshops, mindfulness and aural acupuncture.
  • Through counselling services, students can get help with emotional and psychological issues, providing the opportunity to talk something through, reflect and find a way forward.
  • The university recently launched the Big White Wall. This safe online support service can help students get support, take control and feel better by learning how to improve and self-manage their mental health and well-being.

Disability support

  • The University of Surrey aims to create an environment which welcomes disabled students and students with specific learning differences, enabling them to participate fully in university life.
  • There are a number of rooms that have been adapted to meet the requirement of students with disabilities, such as wheelchair accessibility or deaf adaptations within campus accommodation.
  • Students and prospective students are provided with a range of support, including the ALS service (Additional Learning Support) and advice on the Disabled Students' Allowance. Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Services Centre provides help with information, advice and guidance from friendly staff trained to deal with a wide range of enquiries. These range from finance, providing advice on student loans, budgeting, tax and more – to accommodation, where a lettings agency helps students find private housing.
  • A Student Life Mentor is allocated to all students arriving at university; an experienced student, the mentor can offer advice and support to help with the transition to university.

Students' Union

  • The University of Surrey Students' Union (USSU) aims to enrich students' lives, the community in which they live, and the university – creating the changes they want to enable them to achieve their ambitions.
  • Run by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated elected student officers, it focuses on four areas of student life: the Voice Zone, voicing students' concerns or ideas; Activity Zone, supporting sports and activities; Support Zone, focusing on student well-being; and Community Zone, building community, including volunteering.
  • With over 120 student societies there's something for everyone at the Students' Union – whether students want to develop an existing skill or discover a new one, join a sports club or society, volunteer, represent their fellow students or just take advantage of the diverse programme of events and activities.


  • Founded over 125 years ago, the University of Surrey counts a number of important milestones. In 1971, Daphne Jackson became the first female professor of physics in the UK and later became the Dean of the faculty of Science.
  • In 1986, Professor Alf Adams invented the strained quantum well laser – considered to be one of the top ten greatest UK scientific breakthroughs of all time.
  • Its world-renowned Tonmeister ('soundmaster') undergraduate programme was launched in 1976. During its long history it has produced hundreds of highly successful alumni – the honours list includes winners of three Oscars, seven Grammys and twelve BAFTAs.

Fascinating Fact

  • From high-speed Internet to supermarket scanner, daily life wouldn't be the same without the strained quantum well laser – first proposed by Professor Alf Adams at Surrey University. Through setting out to tackle the limitations of laser technology, data can now be transferred at the speed of light.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Alec Issigonis – inventor of the Mini.
  • Sir David Varney – first executive chairman of HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Alan Parker – chairman of Mothercare and former CEO of Whitbread.
  • Robert Earl – founder of the Planet Hollywood chain.
  • Mrs Justice Dobbs DBE – the first non-white person to be appointed to the senior judiciary of England and Wales.
  • Paul Sheffield – chief executive of construction giant, Kier Group.
  • Neil Chapman – senior vice president with Exxon Mobil.
  • Professor Tanya Byron – broadcaster, clinician and chancellor of Edge Hill University.
  • Chris Benstead – Oscar and BAFTA-winning music editor and graduate of Surrey's Tonmeister course.
  • Ameenah Gurib – president of Mauritius.


The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH