Surrey meets Latin America

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

University Open Days

This past weekend I was a student helper at the University’s Open Day. These take place several times a year and they’re an opportunity for students to get to know their university and get some exposure to how it would be like to study their specific subject at the university. I didn’t know about open […]

Group work and professional skills modules

Today I’ll talk about group work in modules, specifically the professional skills modules in the math department (I’ve heard other departments also have a professional skills module but the content varies depending on the department). During the second semester I took the professional skills module. It was a very different module from all the rest […]

Final exams at Surrey

Apologies again for the huge gap in between this blog post and the previous one. The reason for my lack of blogging was that I was busy with final exams, which will be the topic of this post. For the first semester the final exam period started right after the Christmas break and it lasted […]

A second trip to London

This is the last post about my mother’s visit. The last two days of my mother’s visit we hit some more tourist landmarks. At this point some of the details are blurry so it might not be as descriptive as the previous posts. After returning from Cambridge (through king’s cross station again) we went to […]

A quick look at Cambridge

After spending a day in London my mother and I headed to Cambridge. We took the underground to the King’s Cross Station. My mother wanted to see station 9 ¾ from the Harry Potter movie so we went looking for it. There was a huge line to enter a Harry Potter store and to take […]

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! 🙂


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