The University of Surrey hosts students of more than 140 nationalities. It aims to support international students from the application process onwards until after they graduate, on matters such as visa applications, accommodation and their future career. The Students' Union has societies that represent a variety of cultures, faiths and nationalities for students to get involved with – either to feel more at home, or to discover something new.

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International Student Statistics

6,095 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • International students are given advice and guidance on visas, the application process, documentation, preparing for arrival, immigration conditions, English language requirements and work after study.
  • The university offers a meet and greet service on selected days in September at Heathrow airport.
  • An International Orientation Programme is provided for new international students; this takes place before the university’s Welcome Week, and allows students to settle in more easily. By booking on the International Orientation Programme students can register with the university, get to know the campus, Guildford and the surrounding area. On offer are workshops and visits to local places of interest, as well as social events.

English Language Requirements

To benefit fully from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at the University of Surrey, all students need a good standard of English language.

  • Most degrees require IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component, however some programmes ask for higher scores. 
  • Please refer to the university website and check individual undergraduate and postgraduate programme pages to discover the requirements for each course.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Accommodation is guaranteed to international students for their first year studying at Surrey (across both undergraduate and postgraduate) who adhere to the university's allocation policy. Please refer to the university website for details of the allocation policy and accommodation guarantees.
  • Living in university accommodation is a great way to meet new people, and the university does everything it can to help students feel at home. Students benefit from 24/7 security, broadband Internet and possessions insurance. Students share a kitchen-dining room, conveniently close to bedrooms, and communal areas have TV / study rooms.
  • Arranged in courts of residence (groups of self-catered housing) and priced to suit different budgets, the university's accommodation has been designed to be comfortable and secure. 5,500 rooms are available across three campuses: Stag Hill, Manor Park and Hazel Farm campus. The largest of these is Manor Park with over 1,800 en-suite rooms, where facilities include a café and easy access to the Surrey Sports Park.
  • Most accommodation is mixed-sex, but students can request to live in a single-sex flat if they wish; there are also specially adapted rooms available for students with physical disabilities on the Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university's bursaries and scholarships are among the most competitive in the country, with both merit-based and means-tested awards available. Please refer to the university website for details.

Ongoing Support

  • Student Services staff can provide advice and guidance on some of the issues that international students may be concerned about. These include money, fees and funding, international student support, housing and childcare, registration and administration.
  • Student Life Mentors are students already studying at the University of Surrey; they draw on their own experiences and knowledge of the support services available to proactively engage with new students at the university.
  • Academic staff provide support through personal tutor sessions and ongoing guidance.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance