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Surrey University... where I am spending my next 3 years at
University of Surrey in general
Member Name: daniella2202
University of Surrey in general
Date: 26/08/10, updated on 26/08/10 (1285 review reads)
Advantages: It is a buzzing and close knit campus, great social life and amenities
Disadvantages: Lack of lectures and poorly looked after accommodation
***Where is Surrey University***
It is in the county town of Guildford. Guildford is a very highly thought of area with a beautiful and historic shopping area and a beautiful river running through it. The university is set on a close knit campus which is only about a 15 minute walk from the town.
***Amenities that the university offers***
It is a very convenient campus with a post office, a small convenience store called Amigos, a laundrette, a night club called Rubix, Starbucks, Pizza Man, regular bus stops, University shop, a cocktails bar, holes in the wall to retrieve money, Natwest bank and more.
There are also many shops, clubs and bars in the main town which is very close by.
***Surrey Sports Park***
The one thing that was a let down when I started at the university was the gym. Luckily I was told that in 2010 there would be a brand new sports complex open to students as well as the public. Students can get a very reasonable yearly or quarterly membership. Students can also get a membership for just specific areas like for swimming, or squash or rock climbing etc. The sports park is around a 20 minute walk from the university but there is a regular bus to and from.
The new sports complex is called Surrey Sports Park and it is magnificent. The swimming pool is Olympic size length so they have people coming over to train for the Olympics in it. There are around 4 squash and badmington courts. There are many tennis courts and other outside courts. There is an indoor rockclimbing wall, plus a huge gym. The gym is fantastic for students, you just have to swipe your university card and it comes up with all your information with height, weight, goals etc, so it is so quick and easy. There are also many rooms used for various activities including:
- Body attack
- Body balance
- Body combat
- Legs, Bums and Tums
- Endurance spinning
- Body pump
- Aerobic attack
- Circuit training boxercise
- Early morning fitness + many more, the list seems almost endless. They are all aimed at different fitness levels etc.
I wanted to include a lot about this new Surrey Sports Park because a lot of people do not know about it and it is partially run by the University so for somebody looking for somewhere sporty Surrey is becoming far more diverse for this.
Also available in the sports park is Starbucks and a new restaurant called Bench Bar (which in my opinion is lovely - great steak and chips!) Students get 10% off food.
For more information on the sports park go to: www.surreysportspark.co.uk
There are five bands (types/levels) of rooms:
* Band A - are shared bedrooms - the cheapest (but space is divided by the two parts of the rooms being on different levels so they are split by a flight of stairs) approximately £60 a week
* Band B - These are single rooms which are not shared but they are particularly small - approximately £76 per week
* Band C - These are slightly bigger single rooms still without an ensuite - approximately £86 per week
* Band D - These rooms are more modern and most of which have ensuites - they are approximately £106 per room
* Band E - these are enhanced ensuite rooms - so they are larger than normal rooms (but this doesn't mean they are massive - you couldn't fit a double bed in them and still have room for the desk and wardrobe) approximately £130 per week.
There are four courts of Bands A, B and C rooms which do not include an ensuite. These courts are called Cathedral, Surrey, Battersea and Stag Hill.
There are a couple of courts off campus but they are a good half an hour walk away.
There is also a court purely for international students but they also get mixed in to other courts. Whichever is their preference.
Then there are the slightly more luxurious courts with an en-suite called Twyford and University Court and Manor Park (which is off campus). There are only a small number of the ensuite rooms on campus and I was very lucky to get one. However I was rather unfortunate that my entire floor at university was entirely boys apart from one other Portuguese girl. I found this quite easy to settle into because boys are so easy and laid back, however as the semester went on it did become rather lonely not having girls on the floor.
The accommodation at Surrey is self-catered which was something I was looking forward to - cooking for myself. However the state that some people left the kitchens in were an absolute disgrace and I got put off cooking several times. One guy on my floor would cut up raw chicken on the work surface without a chopping board. Then he would leave the knife out and they wouldn't get washed for days. I would then being the only person that was bothered by this so I had to go around after everybody cleaning. Not fun when you've just cleaned up and go in an hour later and it is a state again. The worst thing I found about the accommodation was that it never got checked on by anybody from the university, I actually rang somebody to say what a disgrace it was because whenever I walked into the kitchen in the morning there was a stench of alcohol and smashed glass on the floor and just general mess. There were cleaners that came three times a week but they were allowed to choose not to clean it if it was so bad which happened to us rather a lot. However the kitchen I had to share between ten people was a reasonable size with two large fridge and freezers and two ovens, a microwave, kettle and table and chairs.
This is where my main disappointments to the university come from. However from a lot that has been on the news recently I think it maybe common of many universities especially for the first year students. I had around 6 lectures a week if I was lucky which were each an hour long. So six hours a week of teaching... I was shocked by this lack of teaching. Yes I wanted to have a great first year going out like most students but I was also not pleased at the amount of university fees that were required for so little teaching. I know Psychology is quite a reading based subject so I had to do a lot of the work in my room but I think it is unacceptable to pay such huge university fees for barely any lectures. Plus to top it off there would be times that lecturers didn't turn up, or they forgot our hand outs, or could not get their computer to work so could not display their power point and the list goes on. You would have thought by now that lecturers would understand the new equipment provided to them but they still do not.
There are numerous lecture theatres which are all newly developed and there are yet more in the process of being built. So there is nothing wrong with the facilities at Surrey University.
Surrey is one of the only universities to put in place a placement year for a lot of the courses. This drew me into looking at the university for the first time. This is such a great opportunity for students because it allows a possible job at the end of it that they may not have had without the placement. Plus for many students it allows them to see whether a specific area is for them or not. For example, I am between clinical and occupational psychology as well as having an interest in forensic psychology. So for my placement year I have already organised working in an all male psychiatric unit (which I am rather scared and excited about at the same time). But it will show me whether that is or is not an area I will be interested in thereafter.
I was shocked at how many international students are at surrey, I would say well over 50% of the students are international. This is probably because Surrey is quite close to London (only a half an hour train journey away).
International students attending the university in my opinion are slightly over catered for. For example, there is a food shop purely for international students which is of course necessary for their different food likings. However they also have their own Turkish Café for the Turkish students which I think is unnecessary since there is already a Starbucks on campus and it sort of segregates the Turkish students from the rest of the students. Whereas surely in the society we are in now Universities should be trying to integrate international students with the rest of the students. It just seems very bizarre.
***My Overall Verdict***
I wanted to go away to a university that was far enough away from home for me to have that 'away from home experience.' But most people at the university who are English live only a maximum of half an hour away from the university. Whereas I am a good three and a half hours away so I do feel home sick from time to time when all my friends go home at the weekend and I cannot. However it does mean that I can crack on with work and I have that amazing sports park to go to.
But typically it is a more than standard university besides the number of lectures being on the poor side they still manage to get great results from the students but I think this is purely down to hard working students. Like I said previously in the review Surrey University has upped the grade boundaries to let students into the university. So the students with higher grades are usually those that put all the effort and hard work into getting the results they want.
If Surrey University was an hour closer to my home then I would be far more inclined to enjoy my experience there a lot more. However I shouldn't overly complain because I do get quite frequent visits from friends and family up there. My mum frequently pops up to see me saying she misses me (or so she says) I reckon she is just after some fab retail therapy since the shopping in Guildford is really lovely. Most people love that it is an old cobbled street and despite having lots of new upmarket shops it has that lovely old feel to it as well. So Guildford is overall a really lovely place to be living in and the University's grounds are truly spectacular for a university. But taking all factors into account with my main disappointment being the amount of lectures I receive and the accommodation not being checked at all whilst I was living in halls I will give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Summary: A University within a very sort after area but lacks a few vital necessities
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