University of the Arts Farnham
Farnham is a bustling, creative market town in Surrey, full of striking Georgian architecture, bohemian bars and quirky shops. Just under an hour by train to central London, it’s the ideal place to study. You have all the space you need to reflect and create, within easy reach of the capital’s must-see galleries, exhibitions and industry contacts.
Our students love Farnham. With over 2,000 students and on-campus accommodation, it has an incredibly strong close-knit community and friendly feel.
As well as a variety of exceptional facilities and workspaces, there are a number of research centres based on campus, including the Centre for Sustainable Design and the Crafts Study Centre. Our James Hockey and Foyer galleries host a range of exhibitions by visiting artists as well as UCA staff, students and graduates.
Farnham at a glance…
- Craft Town status
- Welcoming creative community
- Excellent public arts venue
- Close to London
- 12th century castle.
University of the Arts Farnham
Farnham is a pretty Georgian market town with quaint cobbled streets, a variety of independent shops and a rich arts scene, all nestled in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
There’s evidence of Farnham’s history everywhere – it even has its own twelfth-century castle. Standing proudly at the top of the town, the keep offers fantastic views over the town and surrounding landscape.
Farnham’s craft heritage dates back to the time when the town exported white clay to the Romans. Now, an inspiring hub of art galleries, craft festivals and cultural venues, Farnham is proud to be credited with the accolade of Craft Town England.
Farnham is perfectly located. Accessible by train, car, plane and on foot, you can get about with ease.
The campus is only a 15 minute walk from the station, so you can zip into central London in just under an hour. The vibrant town of Guildford is only a 15-minute drive away. And, if you fancy casting your net wider, you’re only a stone’s throw from many seaside towns along the south coast.
The Georgian buildings in Castle Street are an idyllic setting for a vast selection of eateries, offering options for every budget and exclusive student deals.
From fry-ups to fine dining, you’re spoilt for choice. You won’t find an abundance of fast-food outlets here, but you can take your pick from well-known chains of coffee shops, pizza houses and bistros as well as quirky, independent cafés and restaurants offering delicious dishes from around the world.
Take a look at websites like TripAdvisor for some great reviews and useful info on prices and opening times for some of the more popular haunts.
Farnham has roots in the brewery trade, so it’s no wonder that there are over 50 pubs to choose from and plenty within walking distance of the campus.
As the mood takes you, choose from a sixteenth-century tavern with local ales and an open fire, regular live music gigs in a shabby-chic pub or a contemporary chain bar offering late-night resident DJs and cocktails.
The main streets offer a mix of independent shops, better-known high-street brands and a few hidden gems, while the cobbled and car-free ‘Lion and Lamb Yard’ offers bespoke and traditional shops mixed with plenty of pavement cafés – perfect for people watching.
Don’t miss the award-winning monthly farmer’s market, weekly country market or the Farnham Maltings monthly market with crafts and local handmade produce.
And, for a wider selection of shops and department stores, it’s easy to get to the nearby towns of Aldershot or Guildford.
Leisure and the arts
Farnham enjoys a long-standing association with the creative industries and is crammed with art galleries, venues and craft shops. The town and borough councils both support the thriving arts culture and work with local organisations to develop local craft and projects within Farnham Town of Craft.
Let the Farnham Maltings inspire you. This creative organisation works with artists and communities to encourage people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. With an excellent community arts venue, The Maltings hosts three craft festivals a year and a diverse programme of events and activities, including theatre, cinema, music, dance, comedy and workshops.
Join the local community for an assortment of outdoor festivals and events throughout the year – the annual duck race, carnival, community games and fireworks fiesta. Or while away a lazy afternoon at the free ‘music in the meadow’ events held every Sunday throughout the summer.
Sport and recreation
With a public leisure centre and a number of privately run gyms, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite sporting hobbies or some luxurious health spa treatments. And, if you love the outdoors, you’ve got the fantastic expanse of Farnham Park right on your doorstep.