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These are the best study spots near the University of Surrey

Whether it’s to do some reading around a course topic or to make a start on a mid-term assessment, there are many lesser-known study spots around campus and in town.

The library has five floors of study space tailored to your required study needs—whether that be a bookable group study room or a completely silent area with no disturbances. However, with the library being a central study spot on campus, it can sometimes get busy, especially as deadlines approach. Here are some alternative locations where you can flourish with your studies.

Study Spots on Campus:
MySurrey Hive

Located next to the Lecture Theatre block, this newly refurbished location is perfect for relaxed work. There are booths and individual tables for the option of a group and independent study, as well as access to a kitchen area for those later evening sessions. It is open from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm.

Common Rooms

In each faculty building, as well as at Manor Park, you will find a common room space dedicated for use by students as somewhere you can socialise but also study. Most of the common rooms are equipped with resources such as computers and desk space, offering a relaxing environment where you are not far from your lecturers if you need to ask a quick question.


Perfect for all of you coffee lovers! Not only are there comfortable tables and armchairs in the main café shop, but there is also the room behind which leads to University Hall. The room is full of charging points and offers an informal study or discussion location for you and your friends. It’s open Monday to Friday: 7.30 am – 7 pm, and Saturday to Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm, enabling you to really get your head down.

Lakeside Café

Lakeside café is located at the front of campus as you enter the Rik Medlik (MS) building. There is both interior and exterior table space for you to get on with your work in a relaxed environment with scenic views of the lake. Affordable coffee and snacks are also available to keep you going.

The Lake

When the sun is shining and the temperatures are still warm, the lake is an ideal and tranquil spot for some relaxed writing or reading. You can enjoy stunning views of the lake and be joined by some furry friends while you work through your to-do-lists. The library team offers picnic blankets during the summer months too for that extra bit of comfort when you take your studying outside.


Just upstairs from Starbucks, Hillside is an on-campus restaurant and study space available Monday to Sunday (4 pm-midnight). There are copious amounts of table space and numerous sofas and armchairs for more chilled-out work sessions.

Lecture Theatre Block

Entering via the library side or from MySurrey Hive, you will find some study booths and tables on the ground floor of the lecture theatre block. These are perfect for doing some quick pre-reading or preparation for a lecture or seminar, or for some more informal studying either independently or as part of a group.

The Hideout

If you were familiar with the former big white stretch tent on PATS field, then say hello to its innovative upgrade. The hideout is a relaxed and edgy space for you to complete work with a delicious top-up of caffeine and snacks at hand. It’s open at 8.30 am-5 pm Monday to Friday and is located next to the Innovation for Health building.

Alternative spaces in and around Guildford Town Centre:
Guildford Library, North Street

In addition to the university library, there is also a public library in town which you can access for free. You just need to register online . It is located at the top of North Street in town and offers an array of book collections to support your studies, as well as an alternative space to work.

Coffee Shops (take your pick!), Guildford High Street

Guildford town centre is filled to the brim with coffee shops—what a student dream! There are numerous chain café’s dotted around the two high streets, as well as independent gems like Kalm Kitchen Café, Tunsgate. From Costa to Caffé Nero, you’ll be sure to find a quiet location just for you and your studies, with no need to travel far for a caffeine boost.

Guildford Castle, Castle Street

Just like the university lake, the scenic grounds of Guildford Castle offer a calming and peaceful environment for you to do some reading or writing. It is a hidden gem that some students don’t find out about until a few months into their degrees, so make sure you go and visit it when you get the chance to! It’s located behind the cobbly high street; you can cut through Tunsgate Quarter to access it.

The Mount, Surrey Hills

Across from campus and the Cathedral is The Mount; a high viewing point of Guildford. It has the best views over Guildford and surrounding areas, offering a peaceful space where you’ll be joined by some more furry friends. The perfect place to reflect and study with the aid of fresh air and breath-taking scenery.