Latin Americans at Surrey

An insight into life at Surrey from two current Latin American students

Day Trips to Portsmouth and Canterbury!




The University of Surrey’s Student Union organizes day trips for the students every semester. They advertise these trips on their website as well as on Facebook. As a student you can sign up and pay for the trips via Tixtu. The best part of these day trips is that they are the cheapest way to visit different cities in England as a student. The trip to Canterbury only cost me 9 pounds and the trip to Portsmouth only cost me 8.50 pounds. This includes the transportation which most of the time is by bus. The bus leaves from the center of campus, and most of these trips are only one to three hours away.

You can go on these trips with your partner or with your group of friends. Once you arrive to the city  you are free to visit the sites you want. You just have to organize yourself and make sure you are back in the bus by the time it leaves the city to return to the university, which most of the time is around 7pm. What is great about the cities is that they are small, therefore you have enough time during the day to walk around and see the historic sites, do some shopping, and eat dinner.

What we did in Portsmouth:
Portsmouth is in the coast, it has a lot history, a famous port, a beautiful waterfront and Harbor, and a university. As a tourist for the day you can walk in the waterfront and Harbor, enjoy some shopping in the Gunwharf Quays, visit the historic dockyard, and go up the Spinnaker Tower, one of UK’s tallest structures, which is 560feet (170m) tall! You get beautiful views of the city from up top.

Spinnaker Tower!!!   560feet (170m) tall!


What we did in Canterbury:
Canterbury is famous for its cathedral, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is at the heart of the city. You can walk along the River Stour, and visit the different churches in the city. Today the center of Canterbury is very touristic so you can find a lot of stores and historic structures along the way.


Cantenbury Cathedral! UNESCO World Heritage Site!



I love the day trips offered by the university. I would recommend them to every student! Do not forget to check them out soon though because they sell out very quickly. And they are worth it even if you are very busy with school work. Do not miss you chance to visit new cities in England in a cheap, convenient, and fun way along with your friends!

Until next time!


Carla/Carlita! 🙂


A first look at London

After spending two days in Guildford my mother and I took a trip to London. Before she arrived, we bought a two-together railcard which saved us about £13 pounds on the journey to London, if my memory serves me right. We got off the train at the Victoria station and then took a taxi to […]

Guildford through a tourist’s eyes

It’s been a long time since I last blogged. I spent a few weeks sick and having to deal with hospital appointments and I also had a lot of assignments to turn in, final exams and my mother visited. Hopefully I’ll finally go back to blogging consistently for the rest of the semester. I’ll spend […]

My new experiences with student groups and associations!

Hola! Hello!

I want to share with you my experience trying out new student groups and associations on campus. The University of Surrey has a great variety that you can choose from. The first time you might hear about them is at Fresher’s fair, where all of the universities groups and societies show case what they have to offer, and they have a contact list where you can sign up in order to receive their emails and news. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for latest news and events.

This past Saturday I went on a hiking trip organized by the Hiking Society. It started at 10:00am and it lasted until 2:00pm. We went to the hills that are behind the university and by the end we ended up in town. It was a beautiful day because the sun came out in the afternoon. It was a great experience because I was able to take a friend of mine that visited me on the same trail and he loved it! So now I know more about Guildford and I can share that experience. Here are some pictures from the February hiking trip!

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I also attended a movie night by the Disney society where we watched Monsters Inc, (which is my favourite Disney movie!) In the future I plan on trying to ice skate with the Ice Skating society, since I have never done it before. I think I should learn to do it now that I am in the UK, plus it is only 1 pound with the Ice Staking society.

Something wonderful about this university is that all the groups and societies make social events during the year. So I will be attending a Latin night! Which has been organised by the Salsa, Hispanic, Italian, French, and Portuguese student societies. You see, there is something for everyone here!

Have a great rest of the week! Until next time! 🙂


What are student reps for?

I might have mentioned student reps briefly in a previous post, but I think it is a topic worth covering more in depth as it is something I hadn’t seen anywhere else. During the first couple of weeks of the first semester we got an email asking if anyone would like to be a student […]

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