Living in Guildford, Surrey

Here’s part 2 which explores the benefits of living in Surrey as a student, as you’re probably aware after reading part 1 the University of Surrey is located within the historic and culturally diverse county town, Guildford.

Here’s a quick overview of what Guildford has to offer; there are 70 local pubs, bars, restaurants, a regional theatre and several comedy clubs, despite its rural location for those seeking the bright-lights London is only a 30 minute train journey away.

Now that was a quick snap-shot of what Guildford has to offer; read on to learn more of the delights of living and studying in Surrey.

Scenic attractions

As written above studying in Guildford at the University of Surrey will see you at the heart of one of England’s most renowned historical communities. There are numerous cathedrals, art exhibitions and green spaces. The campus is situated within the sight of the idyllic Surrey Hills full with endless opportunities to relax and unwind after a hard day of studying. The Surrey Hills, named an ‘Area of outstanding natural beauty’, is also home to a number of local pubs, restaurants, and vineyards. There is also the impressive Guildford Castle, the exquisite Clanden Park, Windsor Castle, and Hampton Court to name a few.

Theatre and comedy

For many London might seem the obvious choice for those seeking a night of theatre entertainment or all-night laughs, however in many respects Guildford has an equally satisfying line-up that could rival the Metropolitan cultural-hub in years to come. Firstly, there’s the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which puts on top shows such as The Night before Christmas, The Wind in the Willows, and The Genius of Mozart, but not at West End prices. A night out at the theatre in Guildford is both enjoyable and affordable. For the laugh-out-loud types there’s a number of comedy clubs in Guildford such as G Live (which also plays host to a number of musical productions) and Kick Back Comedy Club (the more traditional comedy scene) which both offer a variety of comedic shows each and every night.

Night scene and entertainment

Guildford is much more than just cobbled streets and historic sites, it’s also home to a thriving night life. There are many independent bars and restaurants to keep you thoroughly entertained; Bridge Street, a short walk from the two campuses, is a popular choice of destination for students looking for an affordable and good night out. There are nightclubs, bars, pubs and restaurants to suit all occasions; whether it’s a friendly catch-up with friends, or an all-night long party, Guildford has something to suit everyone’s taste

Guildford is a town with many events to keep you entertained during your studies and your stay at Scape Surrey. This was by no means an exhausted list of things to do in Guildford, but I hope it has given you a snapshot of what is on offer, but to really experience Guildford you’ll have to go out and explore it yourself.

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