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A top ranking for the University of Surrey

Just a 10-minute walk from Guildford town centre, the university is in a great location in this affluent area of leafy Surrey.

Specialising in science, engineering and medicine, it was named University of the Year by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, and features prominently in all the major league tables. The Students' Union hosts regular concerts and club nights, with artists and DJs including Calvin Harris and Professor Green.

Sweeping views at Guildford Cathedral

Overlooking the university on Stag Hill is this striking art deco building. Its solid red brick silhouette is visible for miles around. There's no charge to go into the cathedral, so you can wander around at your leisure.

The impressive tower contains 12 bells, the largest of which weighs over 1.5 tonnes. Climb the 249 steps to the top to be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Guildford and the surrounding area.

Fun-filled activities at Guildford Spectrum

Get your skates on at this fantastic leisure centre's Olympic-size ice rink, or bowl your mates over with your impressive throwing action in the 32-lane bowling alley. There's also four pools, an indoor climbing wall, Scalextric track and aerobics studio.

In summer, Nearby Guildford Lido is a fantastic place to swim or brave the adrenaline-filled Kamikaze slide.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the University of Surrey? Travelodge Guildford Hotel is a 15-minute walk from the campus. Travelodge Woking Central Hotel is a 20-minute car journey away.