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Student Accommodation in Surrey

Written by Sam | April 6, 2021

Surrey lies South West of London, you can easily get in and out of London by train and there are plenty of towns within Surrey to keep you busy.

The University of Surrey is based in Guildford, it has other campuses in other cities, however, for this one, I am just focusing on Guildford.

Surrey is ranked 251-300th in the world according Times Higher Education, it’s stayed in this bracket for the past 5 years and it has around 14,000 full time students.

Surrey is renowned because it likes it students to take a training placement year as part of their degree which helps to prepare students for jobs.

It is well known for it’s engineering courses and this enables students to get links with big corporations if they wish.

There is plenty to do in Guildford as a student, you can get in to plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants and visit many parks that are free.

If you want to read more about Surrey and Guildford as a student, then this page will help: Surrey and Guildford as a student

Searching for more information on the University of Surrey, this page has statistics, useful information, and some history on the university. University of Surrey

If you want to see more information around Guildford then this page has it all: Student Accommodation in Guildford

Private Student Accommodation in Surrey

In this section I like to look at what private student accommodation there is for the university of Surrey in Guildford. This means accommodation that isn’t managed or owned by the university.

This type of student accommodation is commonly known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation because it is designed specifically for students.

It can come with a lot of added extras to try and win students, some of what it can come with is:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • On-site maintenance
  • Bills included
  • Social events
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • Bikes to use
  • Contents insurance
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There will and can be so much more that they offer. It just depends on their budget and space!

All the accommodation in Guildford is in and around the town centre and within walking distance to the main campus in the town centre.

A lot of what you see in the picture below is university-owned accommodation and will mainly be on campus.

Map of student accommodation in Surrey
Map of student accommodation in Surrey

The average rent for accommodation in Guildford or for Surrey University should be around £200 per week with bills included. If you want a studio or bigger room it will be more expensive and if you share it will be cheaper.

Some good student accommodation providers in Guildford or for Surrey University are:

There aren’t a lot of private student accommodations for the university of Surrey or in Guildford, so your options are limited and that can keep prices quite high!

I would say that a lot of students move from halls to student houses in their second year!

When searching for student accommodation and wanting to make sure that you end up in a good quality place, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Check the social calendar
  • Make sure the rooms have plenty of storage
  • Make sure they are designed well and practical

If you want more detail, this article will help you: How to fund your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Surrey

Surrey is quite a large area, so for this I am focusing on Guildford because this is where the main campus is based and a lot of the student housing will be in that area.

Because there are so few private accommodations currently, students will need places to live and this will either be with the university or in houses around the town centre.

A lot of students prefer housing to accommodation because it comes with some unique benefits:

  • Many locations
  • Variable bed count
  • Different room options and sizes
  • Choice of agent

There will be many more and cost will be one because it is cheaper than most other forms of student accommodation.

Good places to live as a student in Guildoford:

  • Town centre
  • St Lukes
  • Woodbridge Hill
  • Onslow Village

These are the areas that are good for students because they are placed close to the university or in between the sports park and the university.

Living in the town centre is great for being close to everything, however, you are at the edge of most campuses.

The average rent for living in Guildford should be around £580 per month with bills included. It will be more if you want to live in the town centre of close to the university.

Some good student housing providers in Guildford are:

There are more, they are usually combined with traditional letting and estate agents. These are some that I like in the area.

If you are searching for student housing in Guildford and want to make sure that you end up in a good house, then here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Make sure the design is functional and works
  • Make sure you can get everyone in the living area
  • Read the tenancy before you book
  • Check they are a member of a deposit scheme
  • Read the inventory and make sure pictures are attached

If you want more tips and detail then this article will help you when searching for student housing for the University of Surrey: How to Find Your Next Student Accommodation

You can find more detail on what student accommodation is in Guildford by visiting this page: Student Accommodation in Guildford

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