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University of Surrey

Guildford | South East England

Varied union activities Sporty Town Campus Rural

Ucas code: S85

Giving students a competitive edge for their future. That's what we do, and it's what we have been doing since our first students passed through our doors in 1894. The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialise in. Safe and secure, the campus has a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community.
Source:University of Surrey website

What students say about this university

Dialog 1186 comments (286 students)
    • Academic Experience

      Library facilities Price of food on campus Price of drinks at Union Lack of contact from uni in private accommodation

      2016, 2nd year, Dietetics

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    • Sport

      The Surrey Sports Park is amazing. It has everything you want! The membership this year is 210 pounds for the whole year which...

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      2014, 4th year, Sociolinguistics

      Sport

      The Surrey Sports Park is amazing. It has everything you want! The membership this year is 210 pounds for the whole year which is under 20 pounds per month. The total price may sound like a lot of money but a the end of the day it's not , especially considering the amazing facilities!

      2014, 4th year, Sociolinguistics

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    • Accommodation

      Halls in the first year are very comfortable and inexpensive but would have liked to have known how expensive accommodation...

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      2012, 2nd year, Mathematics

      Accommodation

      Halls in the first year are very comfortable and inexpensive but would have liked to have known how expensive accommodation would be in other years renting privately

      2012, 2nd year, Mathematics

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    • Everyday expenses

      Good value food depends on whether you are willing to sacrifice your quality of living to save the extra money, & generally...

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      2012, 1st year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

      Everyday expenses

      Good value food depends on whether you are willing to sacrifice your quality of living to save the extra money, & generally 'value' food from the supermarket is of poor quality & budgeting soon disappears, especially as shopping every week soon becomes a burden when studies become intensified & I ended up shopping every two weeks. The student market is pretty expensive for fresh produce & fruit & vegetables & at only one day in the week is inconvenient. I found I needed to pay alot more than I initially though on text books, only to find that I have rarely read then very much & only really use them for reference, as the course is so intense that I barely have any free time to read them. Eating on campus is expensive, the university supermarket is overpriced for food that is of no better quality than elsewhere, likewise, Starbucks & Costa are also pricey. I have found that local convenience stores are the cheaper shops & prefer to shop there & avoid paying too much & budgetting on exercise books, & stationary & ink cartidges, all these surprise costs add up.

      2012, 1st year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

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    • Accommodation

      I didn't stay in uni accommodation. Halls I visited seemed fairly standard. Housing - you just need to be picky, oh and it's...

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      2013, 3rd year, Adult Nursing

      Accommodation

      I didn't stay in uni accommodation. Halls I visited seemed fairly standard. Housing - you just need to be picky, oh and it's Surrey so it's pricey.

      2013, 3rd year, Adult Nursing

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    • The downside

      Food available on campus. There really isn't much variety for dining on campus and the hours of operation can be incredibly...

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      2016, 1st year, English Law

      The downside

      Food available on campus. There really isn't much variety for dining on campus and the hours of operation can be incredibly inconvenient depending on your class schedule. Barely any of the options are open late so if you have a class that ends later in the evening it makes it incredibly difficult to get something on campus (that isn't just a pre-packaged sandwich from the campus store). There also is no where on campus to use a microwave so bringing food from home to reheat and eat on campus isn't even an option!Study space. While the library is advertised as being open 24 hours it turns out that it actually isn't open that long at the times when you need it to be. Of course it is understandably closed for stat holidays which is not a problem but during the exam period it closed at 11pm during the week and even earlier on weekends which is the exact time when you want the place to be open non-stop for prep. Additionally, outside of the library there are very few study spaces available on campus which means when the library is closed and/or it is packed there is no alternative.The biggest frustration I have had with respect to both of the above is that the main cafeteria area is nice and open with lots of tables where you could set up camp and do work/study but they shut it off according to the hours that the food service is open instead of closing off the cafe with the doors and allowing students to stay in the open area and work!

      2016, 1st year, English Law

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

61%

MED

Sporty

82%

HIGH

Varied union activities

78%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

53%

LOW

Political

49%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £23k HIGH
Student score 84% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

90%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

15,050

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

73%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

15%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

56%

of students are female

Young / Mature

16%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

29%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

77%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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