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Hi there,

There are over 150 institutions in the UK to choose from. Think about which ones match your preferences when it comes to courses, teaching style, location, type and extra-curricular opportunities.
Ask yourself these questions to help you shortlist universities you’d be happy to study at.

Which universities offer the subject area or specific course you’re interested in?

Don’t go to a university if it doesn’t offer what you want.

Three years ago, I went through the same dilemma as most students when I was deciding on a university to attend. If you already know the fields you're interested in that's great as that narrows it down quite a bit. It helped me to then decide what cities I wanted to attend university in. I found that university experience and performance is not just determined by the university itself but the surrounding area as that is a 3-4yr commitment.

It might also be useful for you to work up a 'priority list' for your dream university including factors such as tuition fees, the cost of living, ranking, distance from home, campus-style, proximity to a city centre, surrounding area, diversity, job prospects, networking opportunities, course modules, student-staff ratio, etc.

Here are some useful links to compare university degrees:

- https://universitycompare.com/
- https://www.whatuni.com/
- https://discoveruni.gov.uk/

And once you've narrowed it down and utilized tools such as UCAS, you can always head over to the specific university websites and look over the course outline and modules as well as the learning, teaching and assessment information to see what best suits you.

I hope this has helped. If you have any questions about Surrey or uni life in general, then please ask as I am here to help you out!

Joao
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This is so helpful! Thank you for this information. I don’t know anyone who’s been to university so it’s a new process for me and I have no one to lean on for support with it.

There’s way too many universities around for me to narrow it down and I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I don’t know Surrey very well. Can I ask, what is life there like? Is it more fast paced or quite relaxed and calm?
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This is so helpful! Thank you for this information. I don’t know anyone who’s been to university so it’s a new process for me and I have no one to lean on for support with it.

There’s way too many universities around for me to narrow it down and I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I don’t know Surrey very well. Can I ask, what is life there like? Is it more fast paced or quite relaxed and calm?
I didn't study at Surrey, but I went there for interview when looking at PhD options. The campus is superb, and the buildings look nice. It is one of the nicest campus unis in the UK, if you are looking for a leafy setting in Guildford, an affluent area in itself.
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This is so helpful! Thank you for this information. I don’t know anyone who’s been to university so it’s a new process for me and I have no one to lean on for support with it.

There’s way too many universities around for me to narrow it down and I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I don’t know Surrey very well. Can I ask, what is life there like? Is it more fast paced or quite relaxed and calm?
Hi there

We are here to give you our experiences with university and hopefully help you out I am a second year Psychology student here at Surrey, what subject are you interested in studying? I can provide you with an overview of Surrey in terms of student life, location and standard of teaching & support!

Student Life: Firstly, I have found student life to be very welcoming from the moment I moved onto campus! Everyone I came across was very friendly and helped me whenever I needed help (students included). On campus, there is places you can study or just chill in such as The Nest or The Hive and the Library. Furthermore, there is many food outlets on campus such as a mini supermarket to be able to quickly get any essentials or to buy lunch. There is also a Starbucks and other food outlets such as Wates House and Hillside. Every week there is also a fresh fruit and veg market so you can get these at your door step without going to Tesco. There is a nightclub on campus called Rubix which is always putting on great events each week. With COVID Rubix has been put on hold, however hopefully it will make a return soon! As well as this, there is also so many societies and club you can join, this will help you to make more friends at university too. The campus is absolutely beautiful! I love it, I love walking around the lake we have and just immersing myself with nature, it really helps me to take a step back and focus on myself So I would say it is very calm and relaxed especially near the lake and there is places to go where you can relax such as the hive or nest.

Location: The University is about a 20 minute walk from Guildford town centre and 10 minute bus journey which has a variety of shops and many restaurants! My favourites are Positano and La Casita, so if you end up in Surrey make sure to check these out What I loved about Surrey is that the Uni isn't far from London. It is about a 34 minute train journey making trips to London quick and efficient. There is also a big Tesco that is about a 3-5 minute bus journey or 10 minute walk so it is easy to pick up your shopping for the week.

Standard of Teaching & Support: In the Psychology department, the department has always maintained a high standard. I feel as though I am really benefitting from the teaching here and learning new things. The lecturers have always been quick in helping me. They also have contact hours which you can attend and ask them any questions you may have. Although this is in the Psychology department - I have no doubt that the teaching will be great and supportive in whatever subject you are wanting to study.. For other support around the uni, there is a health and wellbeing centre which can help with any needs such as sexual health, mental health or any queries you may have. There is also a Career service team that can help with CVs and cover letters and even interviews.


I hope this gives you a brief overview of Surrey! Please feel free to ask more questions if you have any

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This is so helpful! Thank you for this information. I don’t know anyone who’s been to university so it’s a new process for me and I have no one to lean on for support with it.

There’s way too many universities around for me to narrow it down and I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I don’t know Surrey very well. Can I ask, what is life there like? Is it more fast paced or quite relaxed and calm?
Hi there!

The campus is lovely. Surrey is known to put a lot of emphasis on the social life of students and always care about how you spend your free time at university. The student union offers more than 140 societies based on any hobbies and interests’ students have and clubs for all kinds of sport that a student might want to take up. And even with covid restrictions, the union managed to organise one of the biggest covid-safe university events in the country! During my first year, I spent a lot of time training as part of the University’s rowing team and I had amazing time there. So, if you are into sports that is something you should definitively consider.

If I were you I would also consider doing a placement year. Placement provides students with a unique opportunity to gain skills specific to their subject or industry of choice as well as the employability skills required for real-life work so I would suggest applying for a sandwich degree. If you do not manage to secure one you simply go straight to the 3rd year. Our Employability and Careers team will encourage you to be proactive and apply for your industry placement yourself, by writing a CV and cover letter. More importantly, your school or department will appoint a senior tutor for Professional Training who will work with you from the application process through to the completion of your placement. This is an academic member of staff with responsibility for delivering the Professional Training scheme and supporting you at all stages of the journey.

The university also provides a Professional Training coaching scheme, where you can be paired with a student who has recently returned from their placement. That way you will have friendly support from someone who went through the same placement-seeking process and who will prepare you for the world of work. Also, as some placements abroad may involve learning and communicate in a language other than English, the university has support available to help you develop your language skills.

I think this may help you.

All you need to know about studying economics at Surrey:
https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/student-e...ics-in-surrey/

Study and work abroad:
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/student-exchanges/study-abroad

More than 140 societies and clubs to join:
https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/bulgariab...clubs-to-join/

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