Why I chose Surrey

I have wanted to study Music since I can remember, so as a young child I made the decision to take it further – pretty much as soon as I learnt that university exists!

For me, the process of choosing to go to the University of Surrey was like doing a really easy jigsaw puzzle. As I sat down at home, a nervous 17 year old surrounded by prospectuses, my eye was caught by the silver lettered “Surrey” surrounded by twinkling stars, with a picture of a gorgeous lake on the front.

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University of Surrey lake

I chose to look at Surrey in more detail based upon the high percentage of graduate employment, the humbly excellent course and department (Music and Sound Recording) and its position in the Guardian league table, which was 8th (2013).

Open days

Attending an Open Day was like the last missing piece of the jigsaw. Arriving at the piazza at the front entrance of campus, surrounded by many students exactly like me, gazing up at the Alan Turing statue and being greeted by friendly student helpers, I instantly knew that this was home. As I walked around campus that day, I kept thinking “yep, I could live here!” and that was the deciding factor for me.

Location

There are so many more factors that, when successfully combined, make a university perfect for you, and I was lucky enough that Surrey fits my expectations, requirements and lifestyle perfectly. The university’s proximity to Guildford town centre and London whilst still being very green makes it an attractive place to live, work and study – and I am so pleased that I decided to come here!

Since starting my degree at Surrey in 2013, it has ascended up the league tables and now sits comfortably below Oxbridge and St Andrews, has won the Sunday Times’ University of the Year award, and the Music department now proudly stands at No.1 in the UK, above all of the conservatoires.

I’m definitely proud to be student at Surrey.