Living in Guildford as a student
43km southwest of London lies the town of Guildford, in Surrey, England. Just a half hour train ride from Reading, Guildford is home to over 77,000 residents, of which 16,000 are students that go to the University of Surrey.
Guildford has a high street paved with cobbles, and is a high-end town to live in, especially when it comes to buying property. The town is known for the Guildford Cathedral landmark, and it has many churches and religious monuments, including the Holy Trinity Church, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and more.The Guildford House art gallery is located in a 17th-Century listed ttown house, and is one of many fine art galleries in the town. In terms of local food, there is a farmers market held every month, and a street market held every week. Guildford has a number of entertainment options, from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to the Odeon cinema multiplex which was the first in the world to show digital 4K films. Nightlife in the town consists of over 70 pubs and bars that provide alcohol and other drinks for patrons. For the sports fanatics, Guildford is known for its sports teams and venues, with the Spectrum Leisure Centre being a national award-winning sports centre that hosts many pools, a bowling alley, a laser tag arena and general halls for indoor sports. The Guildford City Football, the 6-time championship-winning Guildford Flames Ice Hockey team, the Charlotteville Cycling Club, and the Guildford City Boxing Club are all based in Guildford.
Guildford is known as a very safe city for students, and the University of Surrey’s campus is situated on Stag Hill, 2km northwest of city centre. Popular student accommodation areas tend to be located within 15 minutes of campus, and can include the living options in the Ridgemont area or along Woodbridge road.