University description (as per official university website)
The University of Surrey is situated in the market town of Guildford in the county of Surrey which is in the south east of the UK. Guildford is 40 minutes by train to the south west of London. The University is also close to both Heathrow and Gatwick international airports.
The University of Surrey dates back to 1894 when it was the Battersea Polytechnic and based in south west London. In 1966 it was moved to its current location in Guildford and became the University of Surrey.
The University of Surrey is ranked 12th out of 122 institutions. 21 subjects are in the Top 20 including 1st place positions for Tourism and Civil Engineering.
The busy town centre of Guildford is just 10 minutes walk or a short bus ride from the university campus. Guildford has a population of around 250,000 and is one of South-East England's top shopping centres. It has an excellent nightlife, with 3 nightclubs, a nine-screen cinema and many pubs, bars and restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Guildford is on the main line train route from Portsmouth to London and close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.