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.


On the outskirts of a city or town


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

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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: S85

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 72%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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 integral service offered at the library is SPLASH (Student Personal Learning and Study Hub), which hosts drop-in sessions, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions to provide help for students with core interrelated 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 students; it includes a GP surgery. All students are encouraged to register with a GP at the university as soon as they arrive. 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 subsequent discount on any treatment that may be necessary.

Counselling services

  • 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: a safe online support service which can help students get support, take control and feel better, 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 difficulties, enabling them to participate fully in university life. 
  • 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 who are trained to deal with a wide range of enquiries and are a key source of information on many university services:

  • Finance and Money: students can get advice about student loans, budgeting, debt, tax, scholarships, bursaries and legal advice.
  • International students: advice about visas, the application process, documentation, preparing for arrival, immigration conditions, English language requirements and work after study.
  • Accommodation Office: as well as placing students in university student accommodation, the accommodation office also runs its own lettings agency to help students find private housing.
  • Mentoring: on arriving at university, all students are allocated a Student Life Mentor; an experienced students who can offer advice and support to help with the transition to university to make sure new students have the best possible experience during their studies.

Students' Union

  • The University of Surrey Students’ Union (USSU) has a mission to enrich students' lives, the community in which they live and the University of Surrey by creating the changes they want, to enable them to achieve their ambitions.
  • It is run by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated elected student officers who focus their energy in 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, 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, there's something for everyone at the Students' Union.


Founded over 125 years ago, the University of Surrey has many 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

  • Engineers at the University of Surrey have taken inspiration from the surface of a moth's eye and the light-absorbency of the world's blackest substance, Vantablack, to develop a new material that has the potential to power the homes of the future cleanly and efficiently via enhanced solar cells and even 'smart' wallpaper.

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 giants 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