The University of Surrey’s attractive and vibrant main campus is based in the affluent city of Guildford, just a 30-minute train ride from central London. It is well known for its impressive graduate employability, and was recognised as an ‘outstanding’ institution when it received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework.

Key Facts


  • #32 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #23 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #26 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 12,300

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 3,700

Year founded

  • 1966

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award. 
  • Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that 93% of Surrey’s 2017 graduates were in work (or further education) six months after they graduated.  
  • The University has recently opened a second Guildford-based campus, Manor Park, and another opened in Dalian, China, in partnership with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.  
  • The £45m veterinary school, which opened in 2015, was only the second to be established in the UK in half a century. 
Areas of recognition

Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Surrey is ranked in the Top 10 UK universities for the following subject areas: Food Science (#2), Nursing (#4), Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (#5), Sport Science (#9), Creative Writing (#10) and Sociology (#10). It has Top 20 rankings for: Drama, Dance and Cinematics (#15), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#15), Communication and Media Studies (#17), Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (#17), Physics and Astronomy (#18), Mechanical Engineering (#19), Chemical Engineering (#19) and Chemistry (#20).

Kings alumni at University of Surrey

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