About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Located in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills just half an hour from central London, the University of Surrey stays one of the highly ranked universities in the UK.
The history of the university goes back to the 1891 when it was called the Battersea Polytechnic Institute. In 1966 the Institute gained University status by Royal Charter and continued the development with its main focus on science and technology subjects. Today, thousands of inspiring students gather in the campus to create new understanding, share knowledge and find solutions to the most urgent problems in engineering, telecommunication, disease control and health sciences.
Prestige, expertise, resources and lifestyle are the key components of the University of Surrey. The university boasts state of the art facilities including a brand new library and an impressive sports complex, which was used as an official training and preparation venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paraolympics in London. The university is also known for one of the most envied Professional Training placement programs in the world.
The University of Surrey owns the Surrey Research Park, which is a major centre of excellence in technology, science, health and engineering, and is widely regarded as the best science park of its kind in the UK. Thanks to this enterprise the University of Surrey has won Three Queen's Anniversary prizes in the key research areas.
According to the latest league tables in the UK, the University of Surrey is placed 12th overall by The Guardian University Guide 2013 and 26th overall by The Times Good University Guide.
Subjects ranked in the top 10 include Hospitality & Tourism, Electronic Engineering, Food Science, Sociology, Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics and Psychology.
Moreover, the University of Surrey has the highest figure for any English charted university of the employment among the graduate students, which is stated to be 95% and in 2010 the graduate survey named the University of Surrey the best UK University for "Overall Satisfaction with Arrival Experience"
Why choose University of Surrey?
Best research in key areas
Best graduate employment record
Best placement programs
Best sports facilities
- Best welcome to new students
The University of Surrey has the best record of graduate employment in the UK over the last decade (it’s currently 94.8%), this beats other UK universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and Imperial. We are known as “the University for jobs” in the UK!
About the UK
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made of up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The UK is still a major political and economic force in the world, with membership in the G8 and an economy that is the fifth largest in the world and second largest in Europe. The UK’s colonial history also means that it has been subject to a multitude of international influences and influxes of people, helping to create the multi-cultural society that exists today.
Education in the UK
Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. For students worldwide that would like an English-language education, what better place to study than the country that invented the language?
With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
Studying in the UK will provide students with an academic qualification respected and valued throughout the world. It gives students the experience of living in the UK, providing them with a vibrant, energetic educational experience, whilst enabling them to enjoy charismatic surroundings and a traditional British culture.
Why study in the UK?
- Academic excellence - the quality and standard of UK higher education which combines the best elements of tradition and modernity.
- Worldwide recognition – the quality of UK education is recognised across the world by employers, universities and governments. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour.
- Value for money – courses in the USA can be over $25,000 a year in tuition alone. Tuition for the majority of UK higher education institutions is around £6,000 to £7,000 a year. Unlike the equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year.
- Improve your English skills – studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to improve your English language skills as English is the language of business, science and technology.
- Experience of living in the UK – a multi-cultural and multi-faith country which offers both strong tradition and a diverse culture to any international student choosing to study here.
- International education - the UK has always welcomed students from all over the world. Universities are used to looking after the welfare of non-UK students and have well-developed support services and social networks on campus. At postgraduate level, students from outside the UK form over 30% of the entire student body.
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The range, quality, location and cost of the accommodation one of the key factors when you are making the decisions about your studies in a university.
The Accommodation Office in the University of Surrey will help you find the right place to live, on or off Campus, at an affordable rent, throughout your time at Surrey.
All first-year students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation, which is also the perfect way to meet new people and settle in at your new home. From the second year onwards, students usually find their own accommodation in the Guildford area. It is also possible to apply for University accommodation but continuing students are no longer guaranteed a room.
The university provides several types of housing to meet everyone's needs.
There are over 5000 rooms of various types to suit all budgets. All the Courts of Residence are self-catered with shared kitchen facilities, except for the studio flats at Manor Park. Almost all rooms are single, although there are also 86 split-level shared rooms (called duplex rooms) in Stag Hill Court, and 40 studio flats at Manor Park that are suitable for couples. The number of rooms throughout the Courts have been adapted to meet the requirements of students with disabilities, such as wheelchair accessibility or deaf adaptions.
The Courts of Residence offer five rent bands, so you will be able to find accommodation that suits your budget. As a guide, 2012–13 rents range from £65 to £141 per week, with typical standard rooms costing £93.50 and en suite £115.50 per week. The actual prices for 2013–14 rents will be confirmed on the Accommodation Services website in spring 2013.
The rent prices in university housing are inclusive of utilities, broadband, phone and insurance, so there is nothing extra to pay.
For more information about the halls of residence please visit the following webpage.
Private Sector Housing
The University is not the only source of student accommodation in Guildford, and the Accommodation Office can give you help and advice in searching for good quality private sector accommodation. StudentPad, working with the University, provides a facility for searching for private sector housing in the local area. Private sector houses and rooms are readily available in Guildford and range in price from £75 to £99 per week.
Other sources of Housing
If the accommodation options mentioned above aren't suitable for you, you can always contact the Letting Agents who deal with student housing. Their advertisements can be seen in the Property Section of the Surrey Advertiser newspaper.
Part-time work is a great way to earn extra cash while you are studying – although of course it is important to leave enough time for your studies as well.
All international, non EU/EEA full-time students on a degree-level course of more than six months, who have a valid student visa, are allowed to work in a temporary job up to 20 hours per week during semester time and any number of hours during University vacations. There is no legal limitation on how much EU/EEA students can work during studies, but you shouldn't work more than 20 hours per week as it may get in the way of your studies.
Whilst students are studying, many of them will take up part time work. There is no shortage of jobs on campus, or off campus in the town of Guildford. Surrey has their own temping agency called UniTemps, and they work with students at Surrey to find them temporary regular work (i.e. working in the shops, restaurants or bars on campus), ad hoc work (such as becoming a Student Ambassador), or seasonal work (working over university holidays periods either full or part time). There are also a number of jobs in detail, department stores, leisure centre, pubs, bars, restaurants, cinema, hotels, or indeed London is only 30 minutes away by train so some of our students have weekend jobs in the capital.
Within the university you have the opportunity to become the member of the Student's Union, work in the academic department that interest you or use Unitemps recruitment service that provides part-time and temporary positions in the University of Surrey.
You can search for part-time, temporary and vacation work on the Careers Service online vacancy bulletin
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