Moving-in weekend

Two student carrying boxes on campus

This is one of our favourite weekends of the whole year! We will be welcoming thousands of new students to our campus from around the world, and you will be experiencing university life for the first time.  

Moving-in weekend dates

If you are moving into University accommodation, most students will arrive over the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2020. 

Students attending the International Orientation Programme will arrive a few days before, but there will still be lots of people who can help you settle in. 

Prepare for moving-in weekend

You need to book an arrival slot if you are moving into University accommodation and arriving by car on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 September 2020.

Your accommodation e-induction will be available from Friday 4 September at 9am. Once completed you will be able to book your moving in date and time as well as receive your full address.

If you have any problems logging on, please contact accommodation@surrey.ac.uk.

You must have formally accepted your accommodation offer and made your pre-payment in order to book an arrival slot.

If you are arriving by public transport, you don't need to book an arrival slot and you can collect your key at any time from 8am on Saturday 19 September 2020.

We provide free minibuses between Guildford train station and our Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses. These will run between 8am – 8pm on Saturday 19 September and 8am – 5pm on Sunday 20 September. If you are arriving at any other time then you will need to take a bus or taxi from the station.

When you arrive at Guildford train station follow signs for the main entrance/car park. Please wait at the bus stop outside the main entrance. Social distancing rules apply so please remember to wear your face covering, space yourselves from other travellers and wash your hands as soon as you can after leaving the bus.

If you are moving into Hazel Farm, please remember to change at Stag Hill for a separate minibus service to your accommodation.

Register for our Meet and Greet and International Orientation Programme and we will ensure that you have a friendly face to greet you at the airport when you arrive and help you to settle into your accommodation.  

Moving-in weekend FAQs

Moving in so many students in a short space of time is quite a challenge, but we have some very easy systems in place to make sure it goes smoothly. 

When you arrive on campus you will be directed to key collection to get your room keys. From there you can drive or walk to your block to take your belongings to your room. There will be lots of signs around campus to show you where to go, so you do not need to worry about getting lost. 

If you have friends or family taking you then they can stay with you as long as they like on the day, so you are welcome to explore campus together, get something to eat and drink or even visit town or a supermarket for your first food shop. 

Yes, you are very welcome to bring people with you to help you move in.  

In order to help us keep our community safe and allow for social distancing, we ask that, unless assistance is needed from a carer or support worker, only students enter buildings to collect their keys – guests should wait in the car park.

Once keys have been collected we request that care is taken to help us maintain social distancing while you unload and entering our accommodation. Please follow guidelines and signage around campus and keep distance from other students and guests. 

There will be lots of friendly students and staff on hand to help you, including residential peer supporters, court wardens and University security. 

Most importantly though, we will have a team of hundreds of Freshers’ Angels. These are student volunteers who are here to greet you with a smiling face and help you carry your belongings to your room. You won’t be able to miss them in their bright yellow t-shirts, and they are always happy to answer your questions or talk to you about their university experiences! 

If you are arriving by public transport (coach, bus, train or taxi) then there will still be people to help you with your belongings once you reach campus, so you do not need to worry. 

There is no need to worry if you are unable to arrive on moving-in weekend. You will still be able to collect your key and take your belongings to your room. 

What to expect on moving-in weekend

Top tips

If travelling by car, please make sure that you stick to the time that you are allocated, otherwise campus can become congested, queuing times will increase and you will need to wait longer to get moved in.

Download our MySurrey App to get interactive maps of campus on your phone – this will help you to navigate your way around. 

A parent and student unpacking their suitcase in halls
What to pack
Make sure you know what to bring.
Key collection point on Stag Hill campus
Collect your key
Make sure know where to go when you get here.
Student sat in International House accommodation room
Once you have moved in
Get connected to the wi-fi, explore the campus and make friends.
Guildford Weyside pub across the river
Explore Guildford
Outside of campus is a selection of entertainment, restaurants and bars.