Guildford is full of both great shopping options and food options, as well as parks and other green areas, where you can enjoy nature. With an active nightlife to explore, it's been a nice place to live.
By member790975 On 11th September 2023
Study in Guildford
Situated about 30 miles outside London, Guildford is set in picturesque countryside and is home to the University of Surrey.
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.
Cost of Living
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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