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Guildford, situated halfway between London and Portsmouth, is a bustling middle-sized town with a lot of history behind it and home to the University of Surrey.
The main campus is on Stag Hill, opposite the cathedral. You should go and check it out actually. It’s a bit newer-looking than some cathedrals you’ll find, but it’s still an impressive building with a great view across the town and you’ll be having your graduation ceremony in there too so get acquainted with it sooner rather than later.
Guildford is a bit hilly generally, but if it ever snows at least you know that you won’t be short of somewhere to go sledding. The other big hill in the town is where you’ll find the Guildford Castle, which is set in a multi-levelled park, and between the two hills is where you’ll find most of the shopping. The High Street area has a lot of big brands as well as some smaller independent ones, and make sure to check out the side streets instead of just sticking to the main routes. A lot of the local and niche shops are hidden down here, and you’ll come out with a much more interesting haul in your shopping bag.
There are some good bars in Guildford, a LOT of pubs, but they’re a bit thin on the ground for clubs outside the student union, with Casino (not actually a casino) being the main student clubbing destination, but there’s more than enough to go around. The rest of the time you have an Odeon cinema and two theatres, the Yvonne Arnaud and the more eclectic community arts centre the Electric Theatre, to keep you occupied.
Surrey is a very rural country. Lots of rolling hills, idyllic views, all the good stuff. Despite being close to London it’s also got the most forests of any county in the country, so if you’re the outdoorsy type you’ll always have something to do. For the less adventurous Stoke Park is the largest local park. It’s open to the public generally but also used for big events like the Guilfest music festival. The riverside area behind the Electric Theatre is a good spot to spend a hot summer’s day revising or play some Ultimate Frisbee, with local events and entertainments held regularly in the area.
I want some culture!
- Yvonne Arnaud: This is the slightly posher of the two theatres, although both host a wide range of shows from comedy and panto through to opera and ballet, including shows fresh out of the West End. Get ye to the theatre!
- Guildford Art Gallery: This is the most-visited gallery in the county, with an large collection by local artists.
- Lewis Carroll: The famous author of Alice in Wonderland was buried here, and there are references to him all round the town. Keep an eye open out for statues of the White Rabbit, and Alice going through the Looking Glass.
I’m bored of culture
- Laserquest: I don’t think we need to add anything to that statement.
- South Downs: You could ride a horse... or just a bicycle. There’s a lot of space here to be as lazy or as active as you want. Get the train down to Liphook or Petersfield and you’ll be in the right sort of area.
- London: Yes technically there’s culture in London, but there’s also amazing gigs, shopping and... well everything. A train to Waterloo station will normally take you less than an hour.
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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 :)
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).
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.