The city is beautiful, there are lots of things to do and there are always transport options. However, of course, most things are rather costly. It seems like this place has everything... but it's so expensive.

By member543392 On 9th November 19

Study in Guildford

Situated about 30 miles outside London, Guildford is set in picturesque countryside and is home to the University of Surrey.

 

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University of Surrey

The University of Surrey's main campus in Guildford is beautiful and green and the university prides itself on its research and strong partnerships with institutions and businesses. Their reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Nearly 17,000 students are enrolled at the University of Surrey.

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Guildford Student Life

With plenty of green spaces around, and a rich history to explore, students living in Guildford can enjoy blending their academic learning with cultural and social experiences, whilst being only 30 minutes from London on a train.

 

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Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £72 - £376 per week; the average is £210 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Manchester: £171/week, Reading: £201/week, London: £287/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10

A pint of beer: £4.55

A regular takeout coffee: £2.84

1L of milk: £0.89

A loaf of white bread: £0.93

Living costs in Guildford are about 7% higher than in Birmingham, about the same as Edinburgh and 16% lower than London.

(Source: Numbeo)

Nights Out

If you’re looking for a night out but don’t want to head off campus, Rubix on Stag Hill campus is the Students’ Union nightclub which has student nights on most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Guildford town centre has its fair share of bars and pubs too! The nightclubs Casino, Bar Thirteen and Popworld host various student nights on Mondays and Wednesdays with discounted or free entry.

 

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Public Transport

connected great by train however buses are unreliable and it’s not very well connected by the uni - 15-20 minute walk and it’s uphill on the way back

By member746989 On 27th March 20

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Shopping

The Friary Centre is a large indoor shopping centre about 20 minutes walk from campus. You’ll find popular high street stores there alongside cafes and restaurants.

Guildford High Street is also worth exploring, with its independent and designer boutiques as well as all the usual chain stores.

You’ll find some of the big supermarkets in Guildford as well as a small array of shops stocking Asian, Polish, South African and Chinese food.

Top 5 Student Pubs

 

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The Drummond

Located really close to Stag Hill campus, The Drummond is a popular hangout spot for students. It features a heated outdoor area, serves good pub grub and occasionally hosts live music nights. They do mean Sunday roasts but don’t forget to book!

 

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The Star Inn

A charming 16th century pub with a historic, cosy feel, Star Inn is renowned for serving up a great atmosphere alongside its selection of cask ales and traditional pub food. They also host live music and comedy nights in a function room at the back.

 

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The White House

Situated on the banks of the River Wey and featuring a river terrace, The White House is deceptively large and serves traditional British food, has a friendly atmosphere and a wide selection of ales and beers. A perfect spot to sip a drink on a warm summer’s afternoon.

 

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The King’s Head

A 15th century pub with a traditional menu and a large outdoor seating area. It has a good variety of ales and gins and an outdoor area but does get a bit busy on weekend nights. Perhaps you could pop along and discover for yourself if it’s the most haunted pub in the town!

 

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The Britannia

Another riverside watering hole to feature in our short list! The Britannia serves a good selection of beers as well as non-alcoholic drinks. On the inside, it’s open and airy with lots of leather sofas and different places to sit. We’ve heard their burgers are good too.

Top 10 Guildford Accommodation

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Surrey Court 4.16 /5

The halls are always outstanding....

#2
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Battersea Court 4.09 /5

The best part of this accommodation is definitely the location. It is located in the very centre of the campus. Library is literally downstairs. The f...

#3
3.97 /5
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Manor Park 3.97 /5

I lived in band D- ensuite room with 5 flatmates, 10mins walk to the sports park and 10mins to campus by bus, the management response promptly to any ...

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Stag Hill Court 3.88 /5

A great accommodation to live in if you want a lively, chatty house near enough to lecture theaters to sprawl out of bed 10 minutes before the lecture...

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3.85 /5
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Cathedral Court 3.85 /5

Big room but small kitchen. Still can have social side of it or even go to other rooms to meet people. Lots of fun...

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3.7 /5
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Twyford Court 3.7 /5

Great hall, loved my time here, could not fault it tbh...

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University Court 3.65 /5

University court is good. But the way the buildings are laid out means it's hard to be social as you don't walk past any rooms as the building is 3 fl...

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3.61 /5
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International House 3.61 /5

Considering im next door to where i learn, i cant complain!...

#9
3.45 /5
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Millennium House 3.45 /5

Overall, the halls are really nice, the rooms are a great size and it's definitely liveable. The kitchens are quite old fashioned and small if you wan...

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3.01 /5
(17 reviews)

Hazel Farm 3.01 /5

Very nice hall with good staff...

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14th September 2021

Guildford is a bit expensive...

Guildford is a bit expensive as a city. However, there are many discounts available for students and so many activities and socities to participate in. read more

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23rd August 2021

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23rd August 2021

expensive, not much to...

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10th August 2021

Guildford is a lovely...

Guildford is a lovely place to live, and you have everything you need here. Also, it's only a 30-40 minutes train journey to London, which makes everything easier. read more

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28th July 2021

Guildford is a nice town...

Guildford is a nice town but it can be expensive for a living cost. There are many good restaurants to eat out and lots of shopping place. However, the public transport such as bus is often late or too early. Sometimes, the driver doesn’t follow the schedule and so people often missed the bus because it never on time read more

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27th May 2021

Good places to eat and...

Good places to eat and have a night out in, however very expensive and with not many shops read more

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member1358649
24th May 2021

Guildford is a small...

Guildford is a small beautiful city and I always love to visit the town center read more

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member958650
24th May 2021

Everything is accessible,...

Everything is accessible, full selection of shops and restaurants. Nice area in general. read more

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member1057957
15th May 2021

Small town close to London...

Small town close to London which is green read more

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member1053549
19th January 2021

Went to london mostly...

Went to london mostly as it was better to shop. Tesco is the go to for food and to be honest quite a nice walk every week. read more

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1st October 2020

cost of living is quite...

cost of living is quite high, not much choice of food out there, nights out are limited to choices too read more

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member450360
11th August 2020

There are buses going...

There are buses going to a from manor park and Guildford city centre. read more

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29th July 2020

Guidford is a nice place...

Guidford is a nice place to live but way over expensive for what it can offer. read more

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26th April 2020

sometimes the public...

sometimes the public transport can be late, but despite being quite small, guildford has a good social scene read more

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27th March 2020

connected great by train...

connected great by train however buses are unreliable and it’s not very well connected by the uni - 15-20 minute walk and it’s uphill on the way back read more

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11th March 2020

There is a train station...

There is a train station close to the university but Guildford is quite a boring area. There isn’t much opportunity for going out and partying. The cost of living in the area is also quite high. read more

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member543392
9th November 2019

The city is beautiful,...

The city is beautiful, there are lots of things to do and there are always transport options. However, of course, most things are rather costly. It seems like this place has everything... but it's so expensive. read more

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member1342634
9th October 2019

Expensive to live as...

Expensive to live as a student however the nightlife is good and the bus route from manor park to uni and then to Guildford is quick and cheap. read more

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member1230568
27th February 2018

Guildford is dead and...

Guildford is dead and expensive to live in. Not a student city. p.s. mcdonalds here closes at 6 which sucks. read more

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Samuel.F.A.B
31st March 2015

Guildford is well rounded...

Guildford is well rounded and a great place to live, especially for students. There's discounts almost everywhere for students. #studentbean, #GBK, #Paperchase, #UNiDAYS and so many other. Housing varies but off campus can be similar to the ones found in London :/ . Food is great and not too expensive. And nights out are great on campus but off campus will varies. This is a good thing though as you shouldn't be planing to go out every night. Make sure you reserve a day for work. Trust me, your gonna need a solid day of the week to do your catching up :) read more

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member95958
31st March 2015

Guildford is a small,...

Guildford is a small, quaint town. Theres just about every high street shop you could possibly ask for, and a good variety of restaurants. However night life is dire, with just one notable club in town aside from the Student Union. More are on the way, but if you value nightlife don't come to Surrey. Public transport (bus service) is pretty bad. Always late and expensive. (Nothing new I guess though). read more

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30th March 2015

Guildford is truly wonderful....

Guildford is truly wonderful. The people and environments is lovely. Everyone is so welcoming no matter what ethnicity you're from. There is a mixture of locals and students living in Guildford. The town centre has some wonderful shops, many restaurants to choose from and lovely pubs. There are only a few clubs and a lot of them are over 21's only, however there are 'student nights' such as Tuesday at Tickled. The transport is good, buses run regularly, however they stop at 11pm. There is a train station which is very useful, especially that you can get to London Waterloo in 20-30 mins. There is always taxi's everywhere so you'll never be stranded alone in town with no way of getting home. The taxi drivers are very loyal and trustworthy as they work with the university to ensure students get home safe. The cost of accommodation is pricey compared to other places in the UK, simply because it's near to London, but it's easy to find a student accommodation to rent for 400-500 per month. read more

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