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Undergraduate Profile: University of Surrey

The University of Surrey was established on 9th September 1966, with the grant of its Royal Charter but its roots go back to the late nineteenth century. The forerunner of the University was the Battersea Polytechnic Institute (founded 1891 with the first students admitted 1894).

They say:

“At the University of Surrey, we share our knowledge and make new discoveries through our innovative research, business collaborations and teaching. We inspire people to do wonderful things, and help them to acquire the tools they need to make a meaningful contribution to the world.”

University of Surrey Library Exterior

University of Surrey Library Exterior 


Total number of students: 14,100 (12, 200 are full-time)

Established: The University was founded as Battersea Polytechnic in 1891. The Charter was granted by HM The Queen in September 1966. 

Famous Alumni:  Jim Al-Khalili; Jeremy Kyle; Tanya Byron; Robert Earl. The majority of West End shows feature at least one graduate who studied at the University of Surrey’s Guildford School of Acting (GSA), and famous alumni include Brenda Blethyn OBE, Bill Nighy and Michael Ball.

Interesting facts

The University of Surrey has been awarded three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

Surrey led the field in introducing Professional Training placements for students as early as 1955. The University works closely with over 2,300 partner organisations.

Undergraduate Study

As a University of Surrey undergraduate, students work alongside inspiring academics, with first-rate facilities and learning opportunities set on a beautiful campus. Surrey has a strong reputation for its graduate employability; figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that the University is ranked in first place for graduate employability when compared with chartered universities in England.


The University offers over 200 undergraduate degree courses and over 100 postgraduate taught programmes. The undergraduate programmes range from business to mechanical engineering, psychology to English literature, and creative writing.

In the 2016 Guardian League Table, 13 subjects were ranked in the top ten, including first for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, second for Accounting & Finance and Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and  third for Drama & Dance and Sociology.

University of Surrey Students on Path

University of Surrey Students take a break before lectures


Tuition fees for UK/EU students on Surrey’s undergraduate degree programmes are set at £9,000 per year. See the website for the most up to date information on fees and funding


As a new undergraduate student, you’ll be guaranteed a place in University accommodation, provided that you apply by 25th August. Students are offered a variety of good quality accommodation with a choice of several different price bands. The accommodation is arranged in groups of self-catered housing called Courts of Residence, a walk or short bus ride from the campus. Two-thirds of the accommodation is on the Stag Hill campus and accommodation at nearby Manor Park is in an area of great natural beauty.

Guildford also offers a variety of accommodation within walking distance of the University where you can enjoy a range of restaurants, bars, some of the best shopping in the region and cultural delights ranging from cinemas to theatres. Popular student areas for accommodation in/around Guildford include: the Town Centre, Bellfields, Stoughton, Park Barn and Guildford Park.

University of Surrey Library

University of Surrey Library 


In April 2015, the University won ‘Best University for Facilities’ at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards, voted exclusively by students. Since 2000, the University spent approximately £400 million in developing and enhancing the campus and facilities – including £80 million on the Manor Park Student Village, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park, £12 million on the Ivy Arts Centre and The Guildford School of Acting and £16 million on the Library and Learning Centre.

5G Centre: The new 5G Centre is located on the University’s Guildford campus and will be home to 150 researchers and 100 PhD students
The University’s new School of Veterinary Medicine will feature brand new purpose-built facilities to serve as a unique training resource for the veterinary community including world-class Clinical Skills Centres, a large pathology facility and teaching, research and diagnostic laboratories.

The Ivy Arts Centre is a modern and flexible performing arts facility based on the Stag Hill campus. Created primarily for Surrey’s School of Arts, including GSA, the Centre is open to the public and hosts a wide-ranging programme of music, dance, theatre and musical theatre performances.

Surrey is home to other major national facilities, including the Ion Beam Centre and also Surrey Space Centre – an international hub of excellence in space engineering.

University of Surrey Pool

University of Surrey Pool 


The University of Surrey sits in bustling Guildford in the heart of South East England. Just ten minutes’ stroll from campus, the town is an attractive, affluent and appealing place to live and work. Guildford is just 34 minutes to London by train and a 35 minute drive to London Gatwick Airport. Surrey is rich in heritage and culture replete with historic properties – with Hampton Court Palace chief among them. The county was also the site of the signing of the Magna Carta, at Runnymede in 1215.

The university is situated in a historical and picturesque location

The university is situated in a historical and picturesque location


Address: University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom
Switchboard: T:+44 (0) 1483 300800
Email: Course enquiries: ug-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk
Course enquiries: +44 (0)1483 681681
Website: surrey.ac.uk