Surrey

Surrey is a county in the south of England. It has an area of 1,663 square kilometres and a population of 1.2 million people. Surrey borders London to the North West and Hampshire to the East. The county has many beautiful parks which are great for families, as well as areas with wild landscapes ideal for outdoor pursuits such as cycling or walking. There are so many things to do in Surrey – find out more about this wonderful place!

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Best places to live in Surrey

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Ruined Abbey in Surrey

Where is Surrey?

Surrey is a county in England, located approximately 50 miles southwest of London. Surrey has about 132 million residents and covers an area of 1663 square kilometres.

Areas in Surrey

The county of Surrey is split into 12 districts: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede (which includes the city of Kingston upon Thames), Spelthorne (includes Staines), Tandridge (includes Woking), Waverley (includes the towns of Godalming and Farnham) Wealden (includes East Grinstead). 

Some of the most popular areas for prospective homebuyers include:

Guildford – The town of Guildford is a hugely popular spot for young professionals and families, with excellent schools, plenty of leisure facilities and buzzing nightlife. The primary reason for Guildford’s popularity is its excellent commuter links, with trains to London Waterloo taking less than half an hour, and the M25 circling London just a few miles away.

Reigate and Banstead – This district is located in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of scope for outdoor activities. It’s also home to the market town of Reigate, which has a great range of independent shops as well as a few well-known high street names.

Woking – Woking is a thriving town in Surrey with an excellent array of amenities and facilities, including the famous Peacocks Shopping Centre, which provides residents with everything they could need under one roof. All this makes it an ideal place to settle down as a young family or retire from work-life!

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Camberley – Situated in the heart of Surrey, Camberley is perfect for those looking for a town with all the amenities they need on their doorstep.

Universities in Surrey

There are a number of excellent universities located in the county of Surrey, including the University of Surrey, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Brunel University London.

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a public research university located in Guildford, Surrey. It is the largest university in the county, with over 18,000 students enrolled. The university has been awarded Gold by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and ranks among the top 150 universities in Europe.

Royal Holloway

The Royal Holloway, University of London is a world-renowned university located in Egham, Surrey. The university is ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world and boasts an impressive array of alumni, including seven Nobel Prize winners.

University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist university located in Farnham, Surrey. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design, fashion, media and performing arts.

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Top Schools in Surrey

Surrey is home to some top-rated schools which can be found on various rankings such as The Sunday Times School Guide or The Telegraph’s Top 100 Schools. Some examples include:

Charterhouse School, Guildford – placed 12th in The Sunday Times School Guide

Royal Grammar School, Guildford – ranked 23rd by The Daily Telegraph

Tormead School, Guildford – placed in The Sunday Times list of the top 100 co-educational schools

St George’s College, Weybridge – a co-educational school that is part of the prestigious St George’s Hospital Medical School

Population of Surrey

Surrey has an estimated population of about one million people across its area. The majority (almost 80%) live outside Greater London with almost half living in towns such as Guildford, Woking and Staines-upon-Thames – all located on or very near major train lines into central London via Waterloo.

 

Reviews in Surrey

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Steer well clear of Bewley

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Review Date Nov 2022

Local to train station and a Waitrose. School at end of road but limited noise or impact. Walk to local town centre in 20 mins.

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We moved in to Elizabeth Park in Hersham 2.5 years ago. Ever since they took our money the post-purchase customer service has been atrocious. We have neighbours who have had snagging lists that still haven’t been completed, roof leaks and to top it off they left the development months ago and haven’t finished it. The roads have not had they top layer added. There are broken curb stones where their site vehicles trashed them and no contact from them at all despite asking for updates numerous times. The estate is a mess. DO NOT BUY A BEWLEY HOME. You will regret it. All they want is your money and then you won’t hear from them.

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How bad their customer service is. It’s non existent.

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No. They ignore messages from myself and neighbours.

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Do not Rent/Buy from A2

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Review Date Oct 2022

The area has a lot of troublesome youths, that A2 doesn’t seem to care if they enter the premises. Bikes Stolen, drugs on site, parcels stollen.

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A2 doesn’t have any control of the youths in the area, however failing to ensure doors and gates are in working order… leads to youths entering and causing crime, stealing packages and even bikes. Bin storage doors have been left broken, the whole Building is always dirty.

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How bad A2 manages their developments. Only tip I would give… find somewhere else to live

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Took 3 months to hear back, no apology, no conclusion, was accused of exaggerating how many times the gate has been broken over several months

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Beautiful development has major issues

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Review Date Oct 2022

Great location for shops but local kids cause issues in and out of the development. Anti social behaviour and theft on the development
The grounds are not looked after and the car park gates are continuously out of order.

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The property management are not great. We reported an issue with vents from beginning. We can be laying I our bedroom and the room will fill up with weed. Our little boy often has to sleep in our room due to his bedroom air quality being dreadful and often stinks of weed. The estate manager seems to have his hands tied our complaint was never taken seriously. We had a engineer cone round to investigate the issue only for him to tell us we were wrong ots not scientifically possible for it to be happening
My husband tried to show him the filters so he could smell it for himself but was declined as he apparently can’t smell properly.. ridiculous experience
A year on and still having same issue along with numerous other residents.
All the estate management seems to want to do is make life very uncomfortable for families. We have had countless directives that kids can’t play in the enclosed garden which is probably the safest place to give them alittle freedom and that pets are prohibited and to threaten us with sending RSPCA round. Its completely mad honestly. People can smoke and fill others apartments with drug fumes but our kids can’t have a little furry companion. So bizarre honestly.
I literally have to fight to stay quiet every time I see a new person being shown around. I literally want to shout run away whilst you can. It’s such a shame the development is beautiful its just poorly run and maintained.

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If you have a young family it’s probably not for you purely due to the anti social behaviour and lack of control from the building management. The building management’s priority is completely wrong.
Let kids play, let the residents have pets (within reason) and crack down on the drugs and antisocial behaviour.

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If I get a response it’s two weeks late and never resolved.

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Great flat and location. Management poor.

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Review Date Oct 2022

Love the local area, lots of restaurants and shops. Transport is great, buses to the high street and the train station around the corner if you don’t drive. We have two spaces so no parking problems for us, however we have been fined once in our own space ! We have also had a lot of issues with the gates and we are not sure if this is something we are having to pay for, when really it should be the development, as this many issues shouldn’t occur so early on. Bins had a fly infestation, it took the development about a month to get this sorted which is not on. Since then it’s been sorted, however it could still do with a deep clean as you can see where all the flies have died. There was one really bad tenant over the road in Filby House but they have now gone. Parcels getting stolen is a massive thing and it seems like the development have not wanted to help us at all with this, they have put up poxy signs which does nothing.

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The design is great, we really love our flat. However outside of our flat, I really don’t think they should have painted all walls white. Already graffiti and marks on lots of wall making the place look scruffy. Security is none existent, management would not help us with parcels getting stolen, doors have been left open for a long time when the fobs haven’t been working. Garage gate been left open too when there was a problem with it. Only recently have management started responding to us all, we never heard anything at first and it’s taken them ages to deal with some things.

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This is meant to be a shared ownership block, although the majority of our neighbours are lovely, there are a minority who let us down. I would have thought because people have put money into these flats that they would look after the shared parts of the building better.

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None existent with security, not fixed half of the things I have raised to them.

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