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Why should I study here at Royal Holloway University of London?

Why study with us?Ranked among the top, research-led universities in the UK, and as one of the UK's most international universities, we combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, community spirit is an important part of our story. This means our students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves. We are an innovative and forward-looking institution, acknowledged worldwide for cutting-edge research and excellent teaching.

About Royal Holloway University of London

Thomas Holloway was not the first Victorian visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women. Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the first college in Great Britain for the higher education of women. In 1900, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College became part of the University of London, the first institution in the UK to award degrees to women. After becoming co-educational in 1965, the two colleges merged in 1985, to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.

Royal Holloway University of London today has around 9,000 students studying for degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. Students at Royal Holloway benefit from studying at a green and spacious campus, with a close-knit community feel, with the attractions of London only a 40-minute train journey away.


As well as the stunning Grade I-listed Founders Building, our campus features an impressive range of facilities, including modern lecture theatres, three performance spaces - including a new 176-seat purpose-built studio theatre and atmospheric found space in our Victorian Boilerhouse - as well as recently opened 3G sports pitches and other state-of-the-art sporting facilities. Were developing our historic estate to meet the needs of 21st-century students and staff and have exciting developments underway including a flagship new library and student services centre, and new student residences.

The College has a very active and vibrant students union, which offers many opportunities for part-time work as well as offering a vast number of clubs and societies. The year culminates with the annual Summer Ball an all-night extravaganza held in the floodlit quadrangles of the Founders Building. This is an event not be missed!

For the 2016/17 academic year, we guarantee a place in halls of residence for all new undergraduate students (first-years) who firmly accept an offer from Royal Holloway and apply for student accommodation by our deadline (see website).

Our students have access to the largest careers group in Europe, The University of London Careers Group. They are on hand in the heart of campus, offering tailored support to help boost students employability and prepare them for the choices ahead.

Student life at Royal Holloway University of London

Our 135-acre campus, a lively and friendly place with a strong sense of community, sets us apart from other universities. The spectacular Founder's Building is home to the famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway's collection of Victorian paintings, the Chapel, and around 500 students. Many residents liken it to living in a castle!

Royal Holloway's multi-million-pound estate investment programme continues to enhance our campus, ensuring award-winning modern additions such as the Windsor Building and new halls of residence sit comfortably alongside the historic buildings. Beyond the buildings, students can explore acres of woodland and open spaces full of wildlife.

As a student at Royal Holloway, you can expect to find all the facilities you need on campus. The College continues to invest in new facilities and improve the standard of the existing ones. Here's a brief overview:

Accommodation facilities

Students are offered a wide variety of on-campus accommodation, within a few minutes walk of all the teaching and social facilities (with the exception of Kingswood Hall, which is one mile away and connected by the College bus service). Whether you are in self-catered or catered-pay-as-you-go accommodation, all halls of residence are well equipped and laundrettes are available throughout the campus.


The on-campus branch of NatWest bank offers students access to an ATM 24 hours a day, as well as a counter service if you wish to open a new account or have any queries. Other major banks and building societies have branches nearby.


Having a bookshop on-campus means you don't have to go far to find the texts required for your course, and as they buy and sell used textbooks, it can help save you a little cash. You can find the shop in Crosslands Bungalow, or online. |

Multi-faith worship facilities

The beautiful College Chapel is used for daily worship, with services open to everyone. The Muslim prayer room offers prayer and ablution facilities for men and women.

College shop

The recently refurbished Store on-campus is open throughout the year and offers a wide selection of groceries, frozen and chilled food, wines and beers, toiletries, stationery, birthday cards, gifts and College memorabilia.

Library and academic facilities

Royal Holloway's extensive library has a stock of more than 600,000 volumes, subscribes to over 17,000 print and online journals, and has around 900 study spaces. The College has recently invested in a £1.3 million refurbishment project to further develop library resources and facilities and to introduce innovative learning spaces. Students also have access to all other libraries in the University of London. |

A number of PC labs containing a wide range of software applications are available within the Computer Centre and around campus, most of which are accessible 24-hours a day. There is a wireless internet network which enables access throughout most of the College.

Each academic department has their own facilities; The Psychology Department, for example, is one of very few in the UK to have a magnetic resonance scanner on site for neuroscientific research, and the Department of Earth Sciences has an impressive 3D visualisation facility and IT laboratories, enabling students to view satellite imagery and seismic data in 3D.

Students Union entertainment venues

The Students Union provide safe and fun places for Royal Holloway students to socialise. There's the main function space hosting, at least, two events per week, plus three pubs and bars, each with their own identity. |

Childcare facilities

Royal Holloway has an arrangement with Little Echoes nursery, located adjacent to the main campus, which gives students priority on places available.

Places to eat and drink

With six catering outlets on the main campus and a further two in halls of residence, there's plenty of choices when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat.

Sports and recreation

The College's Sports Centre is home a multi-use sports hall, 46 station fitness suite with weights room, aerobics area and substantial changing facilities. There are also outdoor pitches and courts, to ensure there are no barriers to students keeping fit while studying here.

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