Your new student ambassador for this year!

Hello everyone!!

My name is Tejasvi Shivakumar and I’m studying BSc Biological Sciences (Hons). Currently in my first year, I’m very thrilled to be writing to you for the first time. Just to tell you a bit about myself, I was born and brought up in Chennai, India. I currently live with my parents in Guildford, Surrey (I know a lot about accommodation, so, I will still be able to answer your questions on that!). I had my primary education in UK and attended high school in Chennai. Now I’m back to UK again for uni, so far I’ve been leading a fascinating life and it had just become more exciting after coming to Surrey.

I actively participate in TEDx events (they organize talks on “ideas worth spreading”). Recently we had a rather thought-provoking discussion followed by a talk on 5G technology. Being a part of the Indian Students Association and Biosoc is amusing and so is playing badminton twice every week. There are a plethora of events to get involved in; I just wish I had more time. At the moment, I am quite relieved after an exhausting span of lectures and coursework deadlines during this semester.

Most of you applying to the University must have been doing extensive research over the internet because this is exactly what I did a year ago. Initially impressed by the way Surrey climbed up the league tables; the University of the Year Award has just given me another excuse to feel proud.

Did you know that there are over 100 societies you can choose from at Surrey?? I bet it’s impossible for a person to not find a society that interests him/her. I highly recommend anyone who’s into sports to check out the virtual tour on the surrey sports park website, you will fall in love with it. In addition to all this, the environment is truly international; for instance, I have friends from England, Poland, Hong Kong, China, Nigeria, Greece, Sri Lanka, Nepal and of course India. Visiting town, which is a 10 minute walk away, when I have a day off with those friends, is simply amazing. Students at surrey also have an opportunity to study a new language as a part of the Global Graduate Award, apart from their regular study timetable. I can keep going but I guess I won’t have anything to talk about later. So, feel free to email me at with any questions or add your comments. I love talking about the awesome place I study in!

Until then!


P.S Here’s the link to the virtual tour: