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Guildford College

We pride ourselves on making all of our students feel welcome and secure in this fantastic learning environment.

At Guildford College, students are at the heart of everything we do. 

We are the largest, further- and higher-education college in the area, with over 100 courses available, with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level.

We have industry-standard resources, so vocational students will learn in real-world working environments, better preparing you for employment. 

Our aim is to give you the knowledge you'll need on the next steps towards university or a career, and the practical experience to make any transition a smooth and successful one. 
To further help you, we have a comprehensive student support team that can assist with applications, securing funding, careers guidance and personal tutoring, to name just a few services!  

Our professional staff are experienced experts in their field and will help you learn skills and vital knowledge for the world of work. 
Like all Activate Learning colleges, we work closely with local employers to provide relevant and tailored training for the world of work. After graduating, many students go on to find employment in local commerce and industry.

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Contact information 

Our address is:

Guildford College
Stoke Road

For questions or enquiries, please call us on:
0800 612 6008


Guildford College benefits from some exceptional resources, which replicate real-world working environments including hairdressing and beauty salons, a TV studio, cabin crew room, kitchens and a restaurant.

Practical Workshops

Specialist training workshops provide valuable practical resources and real working environments, and include:

  • Purpose built construction and engineering workshops with modern machinery and technology
  • High definition, state-of-the-art TV studio and production gallery
  • An air cabin crew training room in the form of a simulated aircraft
  • Vibrant hairdressing salons and tranquil beauty therapy rooms
  • Industry standard training kitchens and The Park Room Restaurant, which is open to the public
  • Large, fully equipped photography studios and darkrooms, editing suite with Apple Macs
  • Well-equipped drama and dance studios with sprung floor, ballet barres and mirrored walls
  • A modern business suite
  • A new counselling suite, featuring rooms for group and individual practice with video recording facilities
  • Exclusive study area for our degree level students 

Learning Resource Centres (LRC)

The LRC provides access to a wide range of resources and equipment including books, DVDs, journals, e-books and open access computers.

A number of other electronic information resources can be accessed via Moodle (the College VLE).

Services and facilities are available throughout the year and a friendly team of staff are always on hand to help and advise. The LRC is open Monday–Friday. Please contact them directly for their opening hours. 

The Learning Hub

  • Our Learning Hub features the very latest in new technology including:
  • Central desks where students can use their own laptops and mobile devices
  • High speed Wi-Fi connectivity
  • An area connected to the College’s library catalogue system
  • Tables with integral PCs for group work
  • Two interactive booths for collaborative work or presentations each containing special projectors and multifunctional ‘squiggle glass’  
  • Five new classrooms leading from the hub, each installed with interactive projectors, squiggle glass, Wi-Fi, document visualisers and a central island for teaching, from which all the technology can be controlled.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

We have over 2,000 PCs around the College, WiFi hotspots and e-learning opportunities. Online resources can be accessed from any internet-enabled PC on and off site via our Virtual Learning Environment Moodle. We also have a number of dedicated Apple Macs around the College.


Guildford College encourages students to use alternative modes of transport other than cars. By doing this we are aiming to reduce the amount of traffic as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and living environment.

Travelling by bike

Cycle racks are located outside the main building at the College. Students travelling to the College by bicycle from local areas can plan their route by visiting the Guildford Borough Council website:

Motorbike spaces are also available in the car park at the College.

Travelling by car

The College is easy to reach by road and can be reached via several routes, including the A3 and A31. There is a student car park on-site, which provides free parking. You must apply for a parking permit and display it at all times; otherwise you may incur a penalty charge. 

Visitor parking is available outside the main entrance to the College, but all visitors must check in via Reception, to avoid incurring a penalty charge.

Parking Locally

The majority of the roads locally have restricted parking. Alternative parking is available at the Spectrum Leisure Centre (free parking) or the Lido, at a charge of £5 per day.

Park and Ride Facilities 

There are several park and ride facilities in the Guildford area with services operating quite regularly (every few minutes). The park and ride buses drop passengers off at the Friary shopping centre.

Sites around Guildford include:

  • The Spectrum
  • Merrow
  • Artington
  • The large car park at the rear of Guildford main line railway station

The earliest buses start at about 7:30am and the latest bus (which runs to the Spectrum) is at 11:10pm. Full details are available on the Surrey County Council website.

Travelling by bus

The number 3 Arriva bus 'Guildford - Bellfields Estate' departs every 15-20 minutes from the Friary Bus Station in Woodbridge Road and takes just 5 minutes to get to Guildford College. Buses run to the Guildford Friary Bus Station from all local area. Visit the Surrey County Council website for more information and bus timetables. Alternatively, visit the Stagecoach website for details of individual bus services as well as live bus times for each route.

Travelling by train

Trains for Guildford College stop at London Road Station, which is a five-minute walk and the main Guildford Station, a 20-minute walk away.

Students can travel by bus to the College from the main Guildford Station.