Epsom location guide

Epsom at a glance…

  • Only 30 minutes from London
  • Active local art scene
  • Over 60 bars and restaurants
  • World-famous racecourse venue
  • Ample parks and open spaces.


About Epsom

Popular with professionals, students and families alike, Epsom is a welcoming and sociable town, located at the edge of the Surrey Hills. Only a stone’s throw from London, it's the perfect place to live and study. And, with over 60 bars and restaurants, great shopping, a multiplex cinema, nightclubs and much more, the town has bags of entertainment appeal.

Until the early 17th century, Epsom was a small rural community. After the discovery of local springs rich in minerals, it expanded into one of the earliest spa towns in Britain. These days, Epsom is internationally known for the Derby – the world’s most famous horse race.

The town has a vibrant arts scene, boosted by exhibitions and activities organised by Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council), Surrey Contemporary Arts and Surrey Artists. The local youth service has a strong arts presence and works hard to promote new talent - you’ll often see student work showcased in many venues across the town.

Getting around

Our campus is a ten-minute walk from the train station, which will transport you to London in just half an hour. If you fancy a change of scenery or a day out, you’re also close to the attractive towns of Guildford, Kingston-upon-Thames, Sutton and Wimbledon.

Located an equally short distance between both Heathrow and Gatwick international airports, Epsom is also an ideal place to live for frequent flyers.

Eating out

With over 60 restaurants and pubs to choose from, many of them offering student deals, you can enjoy a night out that won’t break your budget. Decide between big name fast-food chains or one-off speciality restaurants.

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.


There are over 30 pubs and bars in and around Epsom to visit, and plenty within walking distance of the university. You can head to a ‘proper pub’ for a craft beer, a trendy Latino-themed cocktail bar or the ever-popular local Wetherspoons hang-out for more reasonably priced drinks.

And if you don’t fancy the local club nights, a short trip to London will leave you spoilt for choice.


You’ll get a real feel for the historic character of the town at the traditional and craft markets held frequently in the town square. Alternatively, head to the High Street, Ashley Centre and Spread Eagle Walk for a more modern shopping experience. You’ll find everything you need in the large range of high-street and brand retailers, department stores and specialist shops.

Leisure and the arts

In the heart of town, the Ebbisham Centre provides a range of community facilities, including Surrey’s newest library, an IT learning centre and a health club.

The Epsom Playhouse is a must if you’re in the mood for theatre, offering opera, dance, drama, comedy, light entertainment, variety, popular shows and more. Or, check out the eight-screen cinema showing all the latest blockbusters with student discounts available.

As well as its famous horse races, the Epsom Downs Racecourse also plays host to regular antique fairs, summer concerts, girls’ nights out and family fun days.

Sport and recreation

Epsom is a great place for playing outdoors and you can enjoy the famous Epsom Downs and a further 35 nearby parks and open spaces. For riding, rambling or picnicking, make for Epsom Common - the largest designated local nature reserve in Surrey.

Epsom also supports a healthy lifestyle with a growing number of leisure and fitness centres, including the Rainbow Leisure Centre in the heart of the town. 

Additional info:

The Epsom & Ewell Borough Council website is packed with useful information about the local area. 

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