Here Over the Holidays

If you find yourself in the local area over the Winter Vacation and in need of some support or inspiration for things to do, we have some suggestions for you…

If you need support, visit our Support section for advice and links to resources

What’s on over the Winter Vacation?

International Student Virtual Tea Party with HOST UK – 7 December & 16 December

An opportunity for international students to meet and share food, stories and traditions of festivals from around the world. A fun evening to also learn more about HOST UK, meet new friends and take part in games and quizzes. 

There will be two tea parties: Tuesday 7 December 2021 and Thursday 16 December 2021

SantaMoves+ challenge – Wednesday 8 December

It’s time to grab your best festive outfits and take on our SantaMoves+ challenge!

Walk 2k this Wednesday (8 December) and help us raise money for Shooting Star Chase Hospices.

Mince pies and Warm Drinks – 22 – 26 December

The Religious Life and Belief Centre team (Chaplains) will be offering coffee, tea, mince pies and other goodies outside MySurrey Hive from 10am everyday between Wednesday 22 and Sunday 26 December.

Christmas Lunch – Sunday 25 December

Staying at University for Christmas? Pre-book a free Christmas lunch which you will be able to collect on Christmas day at MySurrey Hive. Make sure to fill out the form before the 19 December.

Pizza & Board game Party – Thursday 30th December

The Support Zone are hosting a Board Game Party in the Nest (Kitchen area) at 6pm. There will be FREE Dominos pizza, free prosecco and soft drinks. Come along, play some games and meet some new people. No sign up needed – just pop along.

Union Opening Times

Students’ Union Offices – Last Day Thursday 23rd December. Closed from Friday 24th December, reopening 4th January 2022

Thursday Market – Last Market 9th December 2021, returning 10th February 2022

Youngs Kitchen – Closing 17th of December at 2pm, reopening 7am 4th of January 2022

Meet a Mate this Holiday!

Looking to chat with someone new this holiday season?

It can be hard to meet new people at Surrey, and so we’re making it easy to spend around 30 minutes with someone new. All you need to do is give us a little information about yourself – we will then match you up and send a Teams meeting link to you and another student from across the University who is also staying in Guildford over the winter break. Why not arrange to meet up with them in person?

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This service requires the use of personal data to generate results for each user. This information is also shared with their "matches", and in signing up to the service you agree for the following data to be processed:

  1. Your given name
  2. Your Surrey email address
  3. Your Department
  4. Your level of study
  5. Your declared interest in meeting other commuters/mature students/masters' students/PGRs/parents or carers
  6. Your interests

(Please note: the data in sections 1,2,3 and 4 are already available through the University of Surrey Outlook Address Book).

Section 5 and 6 require additional personal information that is not automatically available. Users are able to leave these fields blank, however, they will produce less tailored results. For the service to work as intended, please complete all fields.

In compliance with GDPR, we will remove your data from our "Meet A Mate" database after 28 days (four weeks) of inactivity, however, your data will still be available to an automated scripting account, yourself, and each match. Emails and Microsoft Teams messages will be sent to matched users' accounts containing this information, which will remain until deletion, or the user no longer studies at University of Surrey.