Friends International welcomes non-UK students, researchers and university workers from any background or belief across the UK.

We realise that life away from home in a foreign land and strange culture can be extremely hard, unsettling and emotionally challenging. In these situations developing friendships is key and we are here to help you.

We offer our international friends the opportunity to meet local people and other students (both international and British) through various activities. These can include visiting nearby attractions, experiencing British traditions and pastimes, enjoying a free home-cooked meal and hospitality with local host families and travelling around the UK. Our aim is to help students enjoy their time in the UK to the full.

Find out more about our activities. Want to know more about why we exist? Scroll down.

Friends International Guildford is run and supported by local Christians and churches across Surrey.

Friends International Guildford is a local branch of Friends International, a UK based charity. We are a group of people who love meeting people from other cultures and enjoy helping them experience more than just their studies and work while in the UK. Whilst many of our events are simply social or an opportunity to meet new people, some of our events offer the opportunity to hear more about the Christian faith. We regularly have a Meal & Talk event where you can hear about what Christians think about certain topics and ask any questions you like! We also provide opportunities for those interested to join a small group to explore the bible and ask questions about Christianity called iExplore. This is open to those of any faith or no faith.


If you'd like to visit a church we can arrange for someone to meet you and welcome you. 


You can can find out who some of us are by scrolling down.

To get in touch just contact us.

Would you like to support the work of Friends International in Guildford? Get involved!

"Friends International is where countries are friends no matter the differences. It is a blend of cultures and mind-sets"

~ A Bulgarian Student in Guildford  ~

Our Staff Team

Lilli Jones 
Centre Team Leader 



Phil Duncalfe 
Staff Worker 



Joe Burrows

Digital Communications Project Worker


Riz Mohammed

Admin Assistant 



Guildford Branch

Dave Pratt (Branch Chair)

Peter Nicholls

Rob Rattee (Treasurer)

Rob and Sarah Rattee (Local Link: our Hospitality Scheme)

Steve Pannifer

Kate Whiting

Hugh Griffin (iExplore: exploring the Christian faith)

Jenny Farrant (Rendezvous: ladies group)

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Friends International Guildford

Friends International Guildford is a local branch of Friends International and is organised by local supporters and hosts from Christian churches in Guildford who love welcoming all international students and their families.

Phone: 07411 378332

Address: 9 Scillonian Road, Guildford, GU2 7PS

Part of Friends International

Registered Charity: 1094095

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