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University of Surrey Reputation
The University of Surrey is located in South East England, Surrey. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 16,945 students are enrolled at the University of Surrey:
- 12,010 of these students come from the UK
- 1,685 come from other EU countries
- And 3,250 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2017/18)
The graduate outcomes for the University of Surrey show that six months after leaving university, 96% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving the University of Surrey, is £24,500 a year.
(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)
Updated: 23rd September 2019
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Student life:AMAZING! Best years of my life! Course: If you're planning to study Psychology here, please, please,please reconsider! It is absolutely terrible. The course is unbelievably tedious and pointless - you will acquire no skills whatsoever and it will be a grandiose waste of time. Lecturers are extremely unprepared and Year 2 is pretty much a carbon copy Of Year 1 so you learn nothing on top on the "nothing" you already learnt in first year. They claim to want you to practice your "critical thinking" but you are only allowed to do that as long as you argue as per their ridiculous and pointless views on real psychological issues.
They changed all the marking standards and everyone’s grades dropped from 1st to 2:1 etc. Many people have final year resits now which has been previously incredibly rare and have poor degrees. Surrey is known for good employability but most jobs require a 2:1. Surrey has poor teaching and poor organisation with no feedback being given. 2019
I'm very surprised to see the number of positive reviews for Surrey. I've honestly found the experience to be horrible from start to finish. The uni only cares about taking your money, accommodation and quality of education comes second. The uni has a massive problem with over-crowding as Surrey are taking on students faster than they can build accommodation. This has caused prices in the private sector to increase ridiculously and has caused a housing crisis in Guildford. Some courses have taken on so many students that the lecture theatres can't accommodate everyone - there have been reports of people having to sit on the floor for certain lectures - although the university "solved" this by booking out the local cinema to hold lectures in. Placement year is a rip off. Uni charge you 2k for being on placement and give you a load of pointless work to do as an excuse for the charge. I was happy with my placement but I wish I just took a sabbatical and did my placement during that.
I'm very surprised to see the number of positive reviews for Surrey. I've honestly found the experience to be horrible from start to finish. The uni only cares about taking your money, accommodation and quality of education comes second. The uni has a massive problem with over-crowding as Surrey are taking on students faster than they can build accommodation. This has caused prices in the private sector to increase ridiculously and has caused a housing crisis in Guildford. Some courses have taken on so many students that the lecture theatres can't accommodate everyone - there have been reports of people having to sit on the floor for certain lectures - although the university "solved" this by booking out the local cinema to hold lectures in. My course (computer science) wasn't great - I'm limited on characters here so I must be brief. But some of the modules have been truly awful - as feedback is almost always ignored I can't see this changing anytime soon.
If you are thinking about coming here - DO NOT!!! Severely overcrowded to the point of staging lectures in the local cinema. This has also lead to huge waiting lists for the local GP to the point where people are refused medications etc. Ridiculous house prices. Management are laying off good lecturers causing the ones left to be overworked. Library services are useless with little online access and few physical copies of books necessary for courses. Campus is awful to get around for anyone with a disability or issues with walking. I have just finished my third year here and the standard of the uni is seriously dropping, as can be seen in their rankings!
Surrey is a great university, especially for Biomedical Science as the lecturers are amazing, very enthusiastic and always willing to help! However, some facts such as overcrowding and the sometimes unorganised dealings with the Student's Union during my time as a signatory member of a society have caused some downsides to the experience. Overall, I think the time I have spent at the University of Surrey has really given me lots of independence, self-confidence, good course understanding and amazing friends who mean the world to me.
Well, i'm disappointed. The physical union itself is atrocious, literally an antique shop except all the chairs and tables are falling apart. Its a complete mess yet the union aren't doing anything about? People being berated in the most recent election by other union members. The university is over subscribed. Good luck getting a seat to revise in the library unless youre going 8pm onwards. Do not rent the more expensive band D or above capus accomodation - the accomodation is awful and are much better going for B or below Staff cuts, unorganised lectures and lab session although a few lecturers are outstanding in what they do. Its just disappointing. Its not surprising how far its all slipped down the league tables recently. Too many students, not enough staff, not enough care.
I'm not sure who would give Surrey a solid review. The university takes on too many students, and doesn't prioritise spending. They'd rather spend money on sticky blobs to go on the floor to "show freshers where to go" rather than actually build some (by some I mean lots of) accommodation at band B. This means students are pushed into a very expensive private sector, where its common to spend over £500pcm before bills on a low quality house, with private rent prices also rising (mine and others' rent prices are up 19% next year!). The social side is dire. Very few and expensive clubs (tho the spoons is actually quite good), and also a lacking of societies compared to other universities. Overall the university just feels quite empty as not much is usually happening. End of year show tickets average £20 per night, so when people just want to celebrate exams finishing they get rinsed in the process. The Surrey sports park is pretty good and is good value, but the gym is often full.
The university forces students to pay for overpriced private accommodation, as they accept more students than they can house and most of these foreign students. This means first and final year British students do not get given accommodation and are forced to pay exessive rates. The students union is corrupt and since leaving the NUS has hiked prices in its on site club The process for creating a society is also incredibly corrupt, as greedy societies block new societies to keep money Overall, teaching is great, management is appauling.
Very expensive to live in Guildford and the SU is an absolute rip-off; the only financially viable place to drink is Wetherspoons and the nightlife is dire. Campus is great with plenty of green space and an ok library. Sports park is brilliant but it is a 20 minute walk from campus and they only offer annual student membership which works out quite expensive if you decide to go home in the holidays. Would not recommend unless you have a very good reason to go to Surrey.
Love how pretty the campus is. Most facilities are in great condition and there's so many choices of food and drink places which is really handy. Clearly labelled buildings helps with navigation thankfully because there are a lot of buildings. The library is amazing, so many floors and open 24/7
the students union is always trying to improve to make the student experience the best it can be at the university, they are always around to help students when you are stuck for help. The university offers a range of diverse nights in the on campus club, however town is never too far away.
Sports Park is brilliant. Lots of clubs and societies, rugby club has the best and most active social scene. Union could create more activities that encourages people to mix and make more friends. Need more social places.
The Students Union put on a lot of great events throughout the year, so social life is fantastic. There's also a large range of clubs and societies to join. However, some things are not to as high a standard as they should be, for example, the union website, the email system, SurreyLearn VLE or accommodation. WiFi is fast all across campus, and the facilities are generally very good. The campus is also very pretty and close to the town centre. However, bear in mind that the town centre is not that big, but you do have good access to London & Reading.
Needs more social areas, bars. Only haris bar which is in rubix so can't go there all the Time, also can be expensive. The WiFi doesn't work everywhere and I can't seem to connect to the secure one anywhere. There are a good variety of clubs, especially sports
I did not really find most of the lecturers helpful. And the university is very poor at resolving student problems. I don't know if it's a personal vendetta with me but I have been waiting on a response on my thesis for more than 6 months now. And no one has cared to get back to me despite my emails. If you are an international student I will highly recommend you do not get involve with this university
surrey was never my first choice and I for the life of me have no idea why not, I absolutely love it here! It's only been one semester but I have the best group of friends and the worlds greatest flatmates. The music scene isn't really my taste but they've had at least 7 RnB/Rap/hip hop events in 11 weeks so I can't complain. I'd reccomend everyone to come.
Surrey has a great university feel to it, with a lot of great facilities on campus. My biggest issue is the distance between the academic stag hill campus, and the sports park, tescos and additional residences on manor park campus.
The student nights are good, Rubix isn't for all though. Best nights are the headphone disco and paint vs foam. Some good acts like Lethal Bizzel. Wide range of clubs and societies, there is something for everyone. Campus isn't that big compared to other unis, club on site (Rubix) and several bars. Gym is located at the SSP which is a 20 minute walk from campus, tescos is a 15 minute walk away. Near to town and the station as well.
Very glad I chose Surrey. Excellent facilities and the placement year is an excellent opportunity to gain good work experience before graduation. Internet speed is poor and difficult to connect on some devices. Students' Union focused on nights out, could be more for people who want more than clubbing.
As much as I've wanted to have the fairy tail uni experience, numerous things about Surrey have somewhat prevented that from happening. 1) Although accommodation quality is 1st rate, I was (as a fresher) allocated a halls flat with only 3rd year students. Trust me, you don't want to be in anything else other than a flat with freshers. 2) The uni has decided to make significant cuts to my department, barely a year into my degree. As such I won't be receive the teaching conditions which I specifically came to Surrey for. (small dept, high ratio of staff to students) etc. 3)Massive focus on investment on research projects, which is of course a good thing and will push Surrey up in the rankings, however there is an obvious lack of investment in the Student Union, and general campus facilities. Ugly 1960s buildings are everywhere. 4) Perhaps the best thing about Surrey is the sports park. If you love sports, come here. You'd be hard pressed to find somewhere with better facilities.
I love studying at University of Surrey! There is so much to do in this wonderful Guildford town. So many benefits about the location e.g. London only being 20 minutes away on the train! The facilities, societies, events, environment, people are all so amazing! It's a very multi cultural university so no matter from what country you come from you know that you'll fit right in! So many great opportunity on and off campus to develop many skills and as a person. I couldn't recommend it more. The structure of courses are excellent and the university really does try help you with any problems, from Student Finance support, finical help to personal issues such as mental disorders and counselling.