Before you arrive

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Discover how you can prepare for your new life as a student at the University of Surrey.

Getting ready for uni checklist

We have created a handy list of what to prepare for your arrival at Surrey.

View checklist

Are you an international or exchange student? There are a few extra things for you to do before you arrive. Read our international and exchange students arrival information.

Student services at Surrey

Student Support Q&A webinar

Talk to a current student

Chat to one of our experienced students who are here to listen, share their knowledge and experience, and help you get answers to all those questions you may have before arriving and once you’re here!

Chat to a peer supporter

What you need to do before you arrive

All students are required to pre-register and set up their IT account. Don't forget to also organise your student finance.

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Online pre-registration
Online pre-registration is an important first step that all of our new students need to take.
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IT account set-up
This is an important step so that you can get access to email and systems.

Be prepared for study

There are a few things that you need to know before you join us in September.

This will ensure you are ready and know what to expect.

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Study advice
Make sure you know our term dates, when you will get your timetable and how to find module reading lists.
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Hybrid learning
We will use a hybrid teaching model, which involves face-to-face teaching, supported by online lectures and assessments.

Living arrangements

Make sure you know where you will be living and are prepared for moving in.

If you plan to live off campus, read our advice about renting privately from the University of Surrey Lettings (USL) team.

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Find out about accommodation at Surrey and what to expect from living in halls.
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What to pack
We've put together a handy packing checklist to get you started.

Advice for commuting students

Lots of students choose to stay at home and travel to the University for many reasons. Here’s some tips if you are considering this option: 

  • Join the Students’ Union’s Commuters Society to meet other commuting students.
  • Check out the transport information on MySurrey for information about travelling to, from and around the University.
  • We have lockers across campus which you can use to store belongings during the day. 
  • Don’t forget that you have the same access to all of our student services, clubs and societies as everyone else. Get to know your Students’ Union and drop into MySurrey Hive to meet our team.