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University of Surrey in general
Member Name: lingy
University of Surrey in general
Date: 30/06/00, updated on 30/06/00 (371 review reads)
Advantages: All the above and many more!
Disadvantages: Quite an expensive place to live.
I fell in love with UniS (as it is fondly known by its students) even before I got here. From the prospectus, UniS looked so beautiful and it was the only university in UK to offer the course I wanted to do, Civil Engineering with Computing. It is situated in a traditional town, Guildford, which is 10 minutes walk from campus and is 40 minutes by train to London. I thought it was the perfect place to spend 3 years of my university life. It was one decision I have yet to regret.
UniS is a campus university which is well established in many fields especially in Engineering and the Hospitalities. It is small, thus making it easy to get personal attention in classes; and to get from one end of the campus to the other. For the last 3 years UniS has had the lowest average unemployment rate of any UK university. It also has an excellent professional training programme. I've got friends who've gotten placements in South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, etc.
There's a lot of skills training programmes which are free for all students. From learning foreign languages to getting help with dissertation/thesis writing are some of the skills offered. Through student development programmes, I've had the opportunity to help tutor Maths to Year 8 students in a local school.
University accommodation is guaranteed to all first-year students and all overseas students throughout the duration of their studies. The accommodation are mainly on campus, within easy access of lecture theatres and classrooms. I've actually experienced waking up 15 minutes before a lecture was supposed to start and still managed to be on time for it as well.
There's also a bank, grocery store, bookshop, restaurants, bar, and post office on campus. Tesco is just a 10 minute walk from campus as well.
The student union building is one of the largest in the country. Many bands have played in the Union. Just recently (last week) the Brand New
Heavies performed at the Graduation Ball (which started at 7 p.m. till 7 a.m. the following morning!). There's also a sports complex on campus, with gyms and weekly aerobic classes for the enthusiasts.
The staff and students are friendly and I'm pretty sure one will feel at home almost instantly. I've made many friends from all over the world since I came here.
Another fun thing which I've experienced is meeting the British royalty. The Chancellor of the university is the Duke of Kent and since I've been here the Queen and Prince Phillip has visited twice!
Guildford is a relatively safe area. It's location made it quite an expensive place to live in. The living standards is just slightly lower than that of London.
I've been to many university in UK. I'd still say that UniS is one of the best, academically and socially. Many of my friends are still here after the completion of their studies and many staff members have not been to any other university. I've completed my undergraduate and is now doing a PhD here. If it's not good, I wouldn't have stayed, would I?
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