The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th-century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London. By the beginning of the 1960s, the College had outgrown its main building in Battersea Park Road and in 1962 it was decided to move the institution to Guildford.
Surrey prides itself on excellence in both research and teaching, and was recognised as an ‘outstanding’ institution when it received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework. There are three faculties within the University: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Surrey.
Our research seeks to answer global challenges, drive innovation and deliver real-world impact. We have over 1,000 postgraduate researchers at the University of Surrey working on varied research projects from over 170 research areas, alongside nearly 450 supervisors. The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers and early career researchers.
Personal and professional development is embedded at the heart of students' learning experience. In the QS World Employability Rankings 2019, Surrey was ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for work placements and research partnerships with employers. The University has an outstanding record for graduate employability, with 94% of Surrey's 2018 graduates finding a job or going into further education within six months of graduating, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). There is a host of careers support available, including Surrey Pathfinder, a digital hub providing 24-hour access to careers appointments and event bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Students can access MySurrey: an online portal giving access to all support and advice services 24 hours a day. MySurrey Hive provides access to support from staff who can advise on student-life related queries, as well as providing somewhere to meet friends for informal study or to socialise.
The University has invested over £200m in student accommodation, with proportionally more accommodation across its campuses than almost any other university in the UK, with more than 5,000 rooms available. Over half of these are en suite. Friendly student mentors are on hand to help you settle in and feel at home. When it comes to living off campus, our award winning Surrey Lettings team can help you find the right place to live within your budget.
Surrey’s £16m Library and Learning Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers a mix of single, silent and group study spaces. In addition to a wealth of books, journals and e-resources, the Library provides laptop loans, workshops to develop your academic skills and learning resources for those that need additional learning support.
There are 400 PCs in the Library and Learning Centre, and five other open access PC labs across campus. There are 144 laptops available for loan 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Surrey App Store provides all the software you need free of charge. The IT Service Desk in the Library offers help and advice for all IT-related services.
The University Health Centre is a GP service located on campus. The Centre for Wellbeing offers a range of services to ensure that students feel well and supported throughout their time at the University, offering advice and support for mental and physical health issues.
Set in the bustling town of Guildford in the heart of the southeast of England, the campus is just a 10-minute stroll from Guildford town centre. There is a frequent bus service between campus and the main railway station, running into the early hours of the morning. Most University buildings are on the Stag Hill site, with accommodation, Surrey Sports Park, the School of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Health Sciences at the Manor Park site nearby. Everything you need is on campus: coffee shops, a food market, a convenience store, a bank, a launderette, a post office, a bookshop and a health centre.
Surrey Sports Park is one of Europe’s leading sports facilities and has set a new benchmark for the quality of university sports facilities. Whether you join for fun, health or competition, as a University of Surrey student you’ll benefit from discounted membership and the opportunity to represent Team Surrey.
The University of Surrey Students’ Union voices student opinion, provides support and advice, and offers volunteering and training opportunities. The Students’ Union also hosts over 140 exciting clubs and societies, and organizes unforgettable events and entertainment.
Many of our degree programmes are accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.