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A Snapshot into.. Surrey

  • March 08, 2021

Located in the South East of England, Surrey is a county that is only a thirty-minute train ride away from London. With a population of 1.9 million, its rich history and culture as well as its abundance of green spaces makes it the perfect place to live if you want the advantages that go hand-in-hand with being close to London, but the beauty and tranquility of the countryside. It is home to Guildford, Woking, Dorking, Farnham and Epsom.

The NHS in Surrey 

Surrey and Sussex HealthCare NHS Trust - provides emergency and non-emergency services to the residents of east Surrey, north-east West Sussex, and South Croydon. The Trust is a major local employer, with a diverse workforce of over 4,000 providing healthcare services to a growing population of around 535,000.

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust -  offer an extensive range of services, including cancer, pathology, surgery, and gynaecology to over 490,000 people in south west London and north east Surrey. The Trust operates two busy general hospitals, Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust - provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire. The Trust has over 8,500 staff

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust - provides a range of acute and specialist services across multiple hospital sites. The Trust is also a regional cancer centre and provide many world class services.

Facts about Surrey

  • It is England’s leafiest county and has the highest concentration of trees in the UK.
  • They hold fun, charity races every year, including a pram race, a raft race, and yes, even a plastic duck race!
  • William the Conqueror ordered for Guildford Castle to be built in 1066.
  • Sir Roger Moore (who played James Bond!) believes that he saw a ghost in his hotel room in the Guildford Angel Hotel!
  • Whilst staying at the White Horse in Dorking, Charles Dickens wrote much of his “Pickwick Papers”.
  • Dorkings’ Emblem is a five-toed cockerel.
  • The Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking is the oldest Mosque in Britain and was built in 1889.
  • In H.G. Wells’ book, War of the Worlds, he had the Martians’ first landing take place on Horsell Moor in Woking, as Wells lived there during the time he was working on the book.
  • Brookwood Cemetery, located in Woking, is the largest Cemetery in Britain.
  • Leith Hill can be found in Dorking and is the highest point in the South East of England.

Cost of Living in Surrey


One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant with three courses


Cinema Tickets for two people


One month of gym membership


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel to other Cities in the UK from Surrey by Train

London – 35 Minutes

Birmingham – 2 Hours 35 Minutes

Manchester 3 Hours 12 Minutes

Liverpool – 1 Hour

Bristol - 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Cardiff - 2 Hours 38 Minutes

Edinburgh - 5 Hours 31 Minutes

Education in Surrey

Surrey has 220 Primary Schools, 59 Secondary Schools, 49 Sixth Forms and Colleges and 3 Universities. Most schools in Surrey have an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ and a large quantity have received ‘Outstanding’, with very few schools being given a lower rating than this.

The University of Surrey is the 35th best university in England.

Things to do in Surrey

Guildford Castle

A fantastic family day out, and a way to explore the history of Surrey, and Guildford in particular. The castle is open all week between April and September and on weekends in March and October. This historic castle features a viewing platform on the roof, offering a panoramic view of Guildford’s breathtaking countryside. Inside, you will find a model of how the castle would have once looked so thank you can get an idea of what it would have been like when it was first built.  Entry is inexpensive, adult tickets currently cost £3.50, children’s tickets cost £2.00 (under 5’s get free entry) and you can also buy a family ticket for two adults and two children for £10.

Leith Hill Tower

Built in 1765 by Richard Hull of Leith Place, Leith Hill Tower marks the highest point of South East England at 1029ft! You can reportedly not only look out over the countryside but even gaze out at the English Channel and in the right conditions, catch a glimpse of Big Ben! With a whopping 78 steps, this one is probably best attempted on a day when you’re feeling ambitious!

Thorpe Park

Located in Chertsey, Thorpe Park is a family amusement park. It features a themed hotel, but it is also possible to stay in hotels nearby and just buy tickets to enter the park. For more adventurous souls, there are a number of adrenaline inducing rollercoasters as well as a number of high intensity rides. If you’re not a fan of roller coasters and water rapid rides, they have a relaxing beach-themed area where you can lounge by the pool, and kids can enjoy the water slides or have a splash in the pool. They also have a number of children’s rides and attractions for younger family members. Prices vary depending on how long you plan to stay and if you intend to stay on site in their hotel, but a day ticket for entry to the park and for access to the attractions currently starts at £33.

The Lightbox

The Lightbox is an art gallery and museum located in Woking, perfect for anyone with a flair for the artistic. They often host events including comedy nights and poetry readings, as well as activities for kids. Entry to The Lightbox is free for adults and children, however if you wish to view the main or upper galleries, you’ll need to purchase a day ticket which currently costs £7.50. It’s also easily accessible for less able visitors. 

British Wildlife Centre

A perfect day out for animal lovers, the British Wildlife Centre is located in Lingfield, and features a number of creatures native to the UK. Among the pine martens, red foxes, otters, owls and badgers, they also boast Britain’s first walk-in red squirrel enclosure. If you get peckish, there’s also a café and gift shop on site, as well as a picnic area for a sunny day! An adult ticket currently costs £12, and a child’s ticket (aged 3-15) costs £8.50. They also have a family ticket that costs £37 for two adults and two children.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

The perfect venue for a more cultural day out, the theatre offers numerous pre and post West End performances, as well as comedy, opera, ballet, and children’s theatre. The theatre is also home to the Riverbank Café where you can dine or simply enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine, making it the perfect place to eat whether you’re attending a matinee or evening performance.

Relocating to Surrey

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