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.

In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top university in major national university league table rankings.

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The University of Surrey is based in Guildford, in the south east of England. It is easily accessible by road and rail, and is a short distance from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The main University campus, Stag Hill, is situated close to the Guildford mainline train station and within a short walk of the town centre.

Surrey Sports Park, Surrey Research Park, the Surrey Clinical Research Centre, School of Veterinary Medicine and Manor Park halls of residence are all situated across the A3, near the Royal Surrey County Hospital. There are regular bus services from the main campus.

The Hazel Farm student residences are located about two miles north of the University.

When you are choosing a university, the range, quality, location and cost of accommodation on offer will be important factors in making your final decision.

  • 5,000+ student study-bedrooms across our Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses
  • 50 per cent of rooms have en-suite shower and toilet facilities
  • Our on-campus security team is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week
  • Here to help – accommodation is managed by a University-wide team to ensure you receive a professional service in all areas of your accommodation experience
  • Rooms for all budgets – we offer accommodation across several different price bands, from Band A (our most affordable) to Band E
  • Student mentors – all first-year students living on campus are allocated a Student Life Mentor who are on hand to provide support, help and advice