Find out what it’s like to study at Royal Holloway with key insights and information.

Why study at Royal Holloway?

Royal Holloway, University of London is located in Egham, Survey and has over 9,000 students from more than 200 countries and over 1,500 staff members. Renowned for its research excellence and expertise in the arts, humanities and sciences, Royal Holloway has been described by The Times as “truly world class,” particularly regarding its international outlook.

Situated in 135 acres of beautiful parkland in greater London the main campus provides a peaceful setting for studying, but is only around 40 minutes away from central London providing the best of both worlds. The university prides itself on its friendly campus environment and ‘close-knit’ community feel.

The campus boasts fantastic facilities from student accommodation to social and study spaces. Facilities continue to be developed thanks to Royal Holloway’s multi-million-pound estate investment programme which involves the creation of new facilities plus the refurbishment of student accommodation and extensions to many academic buildings.

As you can tell Royal Holloway has great appeal. However, the best way to find out what it’s really like to study at Royal Holloway is by reading reviews written by students. Make sure you consider different aspects that will have an impact on your university experience such as course content, learning resources and enjoyment factor. Browse Royal Holloway reviews here.

Source: Royal Holloway: University of London

Royal Holloway Ranking

Royal Holloway is ranked #27 in UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015/16) and #40 in the Guardian University League table (2016).

Impressively, it is currently ranked #2 in the Student Hut University League Table! But what does this mean? Student Hut’s league table is based on over 22,000 reviews left by the student community. Ratings are calculated by aggregating all student reviews for courses and modules at Royal Holloway to give an overall university rating. Providing an alternative to ‘better known’ league tables it gives an honest and more realistic idea of the quality of a university in terms of student satisfaction and experience.

Royal Holloway Accommodation

Royal Holloway has a great range of student accommodation in close proximity to campus facilities. One of the halls of residence is located off campus, but it is only one mile away and a free bus service is provided. There are 9 halls of residence including catered and self-catered options which vary from the historic Founder’s building to the more modern Gowar and Wedderburn.

The accommodation application process is straightforward and involves applying for a band type (each band incorporates halls of varying fees) and ranking your choices. Rooms are allocated based on your preferences as much as possible and are guaranteed accommodation during your first year. Whilst offers are not made on a first come first served basis, do make sure you submit your application prior to the deadline.

Source: Royal Holloway: University of London

Student Life at Royal Holloway

Having an active social life is arguably one of the most important aspects of your university experience - so what does Royal Holloway have to offer? The university has a wide variety of clubs and societies, from sports clubs to more wacky societies such as Humans vs. Zombies!  Whilst the nightlife may be smaller than some other universities, it comes down to personal preference. Options include pubs in the surrounding area, the Student Union on campus or local clubs in Windsor.

Fun Facts

  1. Royal Holloway University is not located in Holloway. It is named after its founder Thomas Holloway.

  2. It was first opened by Queen Victoria as a college for women (male students did not attend until 1945).

  3. Example (the singer/rapper) studied at Royal Holloway .

  4. It was used for the Olympic village for rowing at the London 2012 Olympics.

  5. Its choir is considered one of the finest in the UK and is the only university to uphold the tradition of daily morning services.

  6. The University’s Founder’s Building has been featured in The Avenger’s: Age of Altron and Downton Abbey.

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