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Possibly a bit random to post here but anyway...I'm Australian and as part of my degree (arts majoring in political science and sociology) I need to complete a semester abroad. This will be around September 2020 hopefully and I will be vaccinated but the application is due soon so I need to make a decision!! I've narrowed my options down to the three universities in the title and I was hoping someone could provide some insight into each uni, really anything you think is relevant, for example what 'type' of person should go to each uni or pros and cons. I'm not really concerned with the 'prestige' of the university since its only for a semester, more the overall vibe and location.
Not sure if this is relevant but I'm not hugely into nights out as I don't drink (I'm not annoying about it or anything I promise, its just not my thing) so any insight into how easy it is to make friends if you don't drink would be helpful!!

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Possibly a bit random to post here but anyway...I'm Australian and as part of my degree (arts majoring in political science and sociology) I need to complete a semester abroad. This will be around September 2020 hopefully and I will be vaccinated but the application is due soon so I need to make a decision!! I've narrowed my options down to the three universities in the title and I was hoping someone could provide some insight into each uni, really anything you think is relevant, for example what 'type' of person should go to each uni or pros and cons. I'm not really concerned with the 'prestige' of the university since its only for a semester, more the overall vibe and location.
Not sure if this is relevant but I'm not hugely into nights out as I don't drink (I'm not annoying about it or anything I promise, its just not my thing) so any insight into how easy it is to make friends if you don't drink would be helpful!!

Thank you
Hi there!

I am a second year student studying Psychology here at Surrey Hopefully I can be of some help for you! and if you did have any questions please feel free to let me know!

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 you've mentioned nights out are not really your thing, I would 100% recommend joining clubs and societies. These are great ways you can make friends and also explore or learn a new hobby! Do you have any hobbies?

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 for the time you would be at Surrey. 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 some insight into Surrey, please do let me know if you have any questions and if you'd like some more detail about anything you would like to find out about here

Becca
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