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University of Surrey in general
Member Name: tony-lewis
University of Surrey in general
Date: 08/02/01, updated on 08/02/01 (462 review reads)
Advantages: Friendly and fun, excellent graduate employment record
Disadvantages: see the review
I was primarily attracted to Surrey Uni (or UniS to use its new, slightly corporate image) by the highly specialised music and sound recording degree course (The ?Tonmeister? course) it offered. Although possibly of limited interest to most readers of this review, its still worth mentioning this course. The course is world-renowned and highly respected within the specialised field of audio engineering. Since graduating, I have found myself in a well-paid job in an industry I'm highly likely to stay in for a long time.
Part of the high graduate employment record of Surrey is due to the fact that there is a campus-wide policy of including industrial placement periods (usually the third year of a four-year course). This is how I found my way in to the industry and it certainly presented me with a big slice of reality - a chance to see how things would be outside of the comfortable university bubble that is so easy to stay within.
The campus is very compact - it only takes ten minutes to walk across from one end to the other. This means you end up getting to know a lot of people very quickly - you don't feel like you're on your own for long after you see the back-end of your parents' car on moving-in day. You are guaranteed a room on campus during your first year and there is plenty of good accomodation not far from the Uni for during your second year. There is also quite a high possibility you?ll get a room on campus in your final year as well.
The Students Union is good, especially as its now about three times the size as it was when I joined the university. There's a good variety of gigs that go on there, and if there's nothing going on, the town centre is just a short walk away. Guildford, reputed to be one of the richest towns in the UK, has a good variety of drinking-holes, clubs, cinema complex and shops. Going back to the campus, everything is pretty much on-site: Library, cafes, bars, Grocery shop (lets face it, basically an
off-license to most of us), launderette, bank, sports complex - its all there.
The station is not far away and trains take 40 minutes to central London, unfortunately on the South-Western Train line, but you can?t win them all. Parking is out of the question if you?re resident on campus, but parking permits are available for a small fee if you live off-campus.
Despite all this crammed into a small space, the place still manages to be green and leafy - take a beer down to the lake in the summer and do some sun-bathing.
The down sides? Well, as with anywhere there are some - the rooms in Surrey Court were built 1/3 smaller than they should have been due to an architectural cock-up, beware of the wheel-clamps, there?s some dodgy brand new architecture at the station end of the campus and the whole place can be noisy,
Don?t let any of that put you off, because you?ll have a great time and get a good degree from Surrey. Well worth the tuition fee (not that I ever had to pay it - Sorry!)
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