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.
The University of Surrey stands out for its commitment to exceptional teaching and practice-based learning. We have a huge range of professional-standard facilities, such as labs, workshops and studios, where you can develop your skills and learn by doing.
You’ll learn from academics who are experts in their field and continuously contributing to modern day research. You’ll be learning about current topics which will prepare you for your future career.
Our goal is to provide a challenging and rewarding university experience that creates incredible memories and helps you achieve your ambitions, while building friendships and connections that will last a lifetime.
The university has a dedicated team available to help international students, from the moment they decide to apply until graduation and beyond, offering services such as airport pickups, orientation events, language support, student communities and accommodation support.
Surrey provides a wide range of student support services throughout the academic year, such as the Online student portal (MySurrey) which allows students to access support and advice at any hour of the day. Students can also speak with advisor and councillors in-person via the MySurrey Hive.
International students have access to support from the University of Surrey from the moment they decide to apply all the way until after they graduate.
With so much happening on campus, it’s easy to see why so many students want to live here. There are more than 6,000 study-bedrooms on campus, at least half of which have an en-suite shower and toilet. There are choices to suit all budgets and requirements and you’re guaranteed university accommodation in your first year as long as your application arrives on time.
The Library is the home of Library and Learning Services, bringing together the spaces, expertise, and materials that support the University community in their learning, teaching and research journeys.
We provide our students with plenty of support during their studies, including online searching for library resources, services for study and development support.
University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guide 2022
4th place in the UK for overall student satisfaction in 2023 (National Student Survey 2023)
Winner of the Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK for 2022 (National University Employability Awards)
13th in the UK in Complete University Guide League Table for 2024 (Complete University Guide 2024)
46th in the world for sustainability Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings
244th in the world in QS World University Rankings 2024
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