Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway in 1886. The self-made multi-millionaire made his fortune in patent medicines and, after initiating a public debate inviting suggestions as to ‘how best to spend a quarter of a million pounds or more’, he took his wife’s advice that a college for women would prove ‘the greatest public good’.
Our undergraduate programmes lead to one of five University of London degrees:
We have more than 900 postgraduate students conducting specialist research and collaborating with academic staff who are working at the frontiers of their subjects.
Royal Holloway is acknowledged for research excellence in the arts, humanities and sciences. Our research community attracts leading academics and research students from throughout the world and collaborates on research projects with other international universities, industry, charities, governments and public agencies.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 confirm Royal Holloway’s position among the top research-led universities in the UK, with outstanding areas in all three Faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Management & Economics and Science.
The Careers & Employability Service offers;
We are part of The Careers Group, University of London.
The International Student Support Office (ISSO) is here to help you get the best out of Royal Holloway.
We are here to provide you advice and support and our services include immigration advice, airport collection, day trips and events as well as guidance with welfare issues to ensure you settle in well to your new life at Royal Holloway.
Students are encouraged to drop by if they have any questions at all - we'd be pleased to help you! Alternatively, you may contact us by email. We will endeavour to respond to your email as soon as possible.
At Royal Holloway we understand how important it is to find the right sort of accommodation for you as you become independent and set out on a new chapter in life.
We have resources you will find useful in helping you find a suitable place to live whilst studying at Royal Holloway, whether it's in Halls (campus accommodation) or in the local area.
The Library’s book collections extend to some 600,000 volumes. There are subscriptions to more than 17,000 e-journals; more than 800,000 items are loaned each year and there is an annual footfall of about 700,000. There is increasing provision of electronic resources: e-journals, databases, datasets, e-books, all of which are accessible remotely 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Wirelessly connect to the CampusNet wireless network on your laptop or mobile device.
There are CampusNet plug-in points both in halls of residence and also in some of the PC Labs and libraries. Using a network (Ethernet) cable, plug your device into the Ethernet port on the wall in your room. Then open your web browser - see 'connecting to the network' for the next step.
The Health Centre is a branch surgery of the Clarence Medical Centre in Windsor.
With the surgery being on campus, it couldn't be easier for you to check your health throughout the year. We are here to help.
As a new student to the college, it's really important that you register with the Health Centre as soon as possible, so you can make the most of our services throughout the year.
We have a unique best-of-both-worlds location; a safe, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey - less than 40 minutes by train from central London and just seven miles from Heathrow airport, creating the environment where a close-knit community thrives.
Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland.
Most teaching and social activity takes place on campus and, with the exception of Kingswood Hall, this is where most undergraduates live in their first year. It’s a friendly place, with a strong sense of community as new students soon become familiar faces.
The Sports Centre, refurbished in 2013, is situated on our main campus and is the hub of activity and sporting life at Royal Holloway. It provides a multi-use sports hall, a 46 station fitness suite, aerobics area and changing facilities. We are also pleased to be able to offer a wide range of services including personal training and fitness classes.
With Royal Holloway ranked as one of the top sporting colleges of the University of London, our sports clubs offer opportunities to play at a competitive level against other UK universities.
If sports are not your thing, one of our societies may offer you the opportunity to get together with other students who share your interests.
From acapella choir to juggling or Amnesty International to Indian dance, there's a wide range for you to choose from and there are also options relating to your department or course of study.