Royal Holloway University of London
Welcome to Royal Holloway University of London
Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) is situated just to the west of Greater London, close to Heathrow Airport and the beautiful town of Windsor. It’s ideal for students seeking a peaceful alternative to the city centre universities, and offers historic surroundings throughout your uni life. The grounds are small and beautifully landscaped, overlooked by the French chateau-style Founder’s Building, so wherever you are on campus you’ll feel part of the tight-knit community that makes up the student body.
Royal Holloway is well-recognised for its academic achievements, and is considered one of the best research-led institutions in the UK; it sits in the top 25% of UK universities for its research facilities, while its Geography department’s research is ranked #1 in the UK and departments for Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Music and Drama are ranked in the top five. The National Student Survey also put it in the top 25% for student satisfaction.
The university itself began life in 1886 as a women’s college, and was given a grand opening by Queen Victoria herself on the day of its launch. Today everybody is welcome, and the university is home to the same Victorian architecture and royal connections - as well as a few other notable figures!
Royal Holloway alumni includes Emily Davison, activist and suffragette; Jackie Hunter, chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; and Joby Talbot, composer.
Courses and fees
The university requires students to have achieved three A-Level passes, or another academic equivalent (such as the Scottish Advanced Highers). All undergraduate courses have different grade requirements for entry (usually AAA-ABB) so make sure you head over to the university’s course catalogue and take a look.
Royal Holloway also accepts NVQs, BTEC/Edexel National Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma, CACHE Diploma and overseas qualifications. If you’re not sure whether your qualification is eligible, it’s always worth calling the university to find out.
Again, all courses have different requirements for postgraduate diplomas, so check the university’s course-finder to read about the entry requirements for each one.
Master’s degrees do come with a minimum requirement of at least one UK Second Class Honours degree, or the equivalent. This should usually (but not always) be in a related field of study, and some courses may also require that you have some work experience and/or a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates in 2015-2016 will be £9000 for the year. This may be significantly lower if you are abroad or carrying out a work experience placement.
Tuition fees for international students start as £13,200 per year, depending on the chosen course. You can find out how much your course is on the university’s undergraduate fees page.
Postgraduate courses at Royal Holloway University of London start at £5,400 for UK and EU students, and £13,200 for international students. For specific course fees, take a look at the university’s postgraduate fees page.
Bursaries and scholarships
Non-competitive income-based bursaries are available to all UK students, including mature students, upon assessment of their household income by the Student Loans Company. Students seeking asylum in the UK are eligible for a bursary known as the Article 26 Award, which grants a fee waiver for each year of undergraduate study.
Royal Holloway University of London offers a number of academic success scholarships:
Future Leaders Scholarship: Awarded to students who display high motivation and ambition, along with a good sense of social responsibility and top leadership skills. This scholarship provides the fees for three years of tuition.
Principal’s Excellence Scholarship: Open to candidates who have achieved AAA grades at A-Level and who are studying Mathematics, Physics, Modern Languages or European Studies at Single/Joint Honours, or as a Major degree. It provides £3000 over one academic year, paid in instalments at the end of each term. Do note that in return, receivers of the Principal’s Excellence Scholarship will be required to commit to certain activities, such as acting as ambassador to the university at open days and promoting your academic department.
Magna Carta Law Scholarship: Open to candidates holding an offer to study LLB Law at Royal Holloway. This is a £9000 scholarship, paid as a tuition fee discount of £3000 per year, subject to satisfactory progression.
A number of degree-specific scholarships are also available. To learn more about these, visit: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursariesandscholarships/home.aspx
Take a look at the Connect forum to find other students talking about scholarships and bursaries available through RHUL.
Royal Holloway’s 135-acre campus offers a wealth of facilities from support teams to study areas and even a Sports Centre. Everything is laid out on one campus, mostly around Founder’s Building.
Close to the university is Egham train station, which should get you into the centre of London in around 40 minutes. Here you can enjoy even more benefits of being a RHUL student, such as access to the University of London’s extensive library.
Library and Study Facilities
The Royal Holloway library holds over 600,000 volumes, 17,000 subscriptions in print and online, and 800 study spaces across multiple locations. Online resources are available remotely 24/7, including journals, databases and e-books. The library recently underwent a £1.3 million refurbishment, introducing better learning spaces, and while students on the Connect forums still consider them to be relatively small, you’ll also have access to the University of London library, which carries even more resources.
Royal Holloway’s academic study facilities are exceptional, especially for those studying the sciences - the Psychology department is one of the only ones in the UK to have its own magnetic resonance scanner, and the Earth Sciences department has a state-of-the-art 3D visualisation facility. Each department has an impressive set of equipment; make sure you check them out.
Welfare and Financial Aid
If you find yourself struggling emotionally or financially while at university, Royal Holloway offers a range of services to help you get back on your feet. This support can be found through the Support and Advisory Services team, who manage everything from financial help and childcare support to student counselling. They also handle the disability and dyslexia services and the health centre - so any issues you have can be handled by the same people.
Royal Holloway is home to a multi-faith community, and students of any faith will find a support network here. The Faiths Council is responsible for ensuring each mainstream faith is represented at the university, and holds interfaith events around the year. Facilities include a college chapel overseen by the Chaplaincy; a Muslim Prayer Room overseen by the university’s Islamic Society; and societies for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists to come together.
The university has a Careers Service website set up to help you with your chosen career path - or to help you decide what that path is! It’s a good way to gauge your options, and the on-campus team will be able to talk you through any questions or concerns you have.
Careers support is a big deal at RHUL; you’ll be treated to a careers talk during your university induction day, and then offered opportunities to talk with your lecturers or the Careers Services team whenever you need to. Royal Holloway’s Careers Services also work with employers, so the university has a good network of contacts to help you gain work experience or the first step into your new role after graduation.
Royal Holloway’s on-campus Medical Centre is a branch of the Clarence Medical Centre in Windsor. It’s open for GP appointments Monday to Friday, and during your induction week you’ll be invited to register at the surgery. There are male and female doctors available, and a team of nurses to help with minor treatments and medical advice.
A full range of NHS services is available through the Medical Centre, as well as other services such as weekly sexual health clinics, physiotherapy, mental health support and referrals to specialists where appropriate.
Royal Holloway University of London offers a simply fantastic service for international students - it’s ranked 1st in the UK for International Outlook in The Times’ Higher World Rankings, and it’s easy to see why. The International Student Support team go above and beyond, even arranging a free pick-up service from the airport to your accommodation when you start your course. They’ll support you throughout your transition to your new surroundings, and they’re available for drop-ins and advice Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Royal Holloway has 11 halls of residence that vary in size and age, from the Victorian Founder’s Building to the modern Williamson, Tuke & Butler, resulting in a range of accommodation options for any budget. You can choose to stay on campus or live in one of the off-campus halls just one mile away, and with a choice between catered and self-catered accommodation you’ll be able to manage your life at uni as much or as little as you like.
- On-campus halls are just a few minutes’ walk from teaching facilities. Off-campus halls are served by shuttle bus to the university.
- Self-catered or catered pay-as-you-go
- Mixed and single gender accommodation
- Residential support staff on-site
- Adapted rooms available for students with special requirements
- Wired and wireless internet connection in all rooms
Founder’s Hall: Offers a mix of single and twin bedrooms in single-gender corridors, with a dining hall, TV room and snack bar. Founder’s Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886, and very much acts as an iconic piece of architecture and an epicentre for the university campus.
Kingswood I & II: Based in Engleford Green, a mile away from campus. Kingswood I offers 200 single and twin rooms, while Kingswood II offers single rooms with en-suite. You’ll also find an on-site dining hall, common room, computer room, tennis and squash courts. Kingswood Hall is a former monastery, and there is a strong community spirit in these peaceful halls.
Reid: This is a modern mixed-gender building with 188 single en-suite rooms, situated on-campus close to the Sports Centre and gym facilities. This is a catered option, with a pantry for hot drinks and snacks, while meals are taken in nearby Founder’s Building.
Williamson, Tuke & Butler: These three self-catered apartment blocks are the most modern of Royal Holloway’s accommodation options, with each offering single en-suite study bedrooms and shared kitchen. These rooms are really spacious, and even come with double beds and integrated wardrobes.
Wedderburn: Another modern set of halls with en-suite single-occupancy rooms, similar in size to Williamson, Tuke & Butler. Wedderburn is a little more out of the way, on the south end of campus, making it a great choice if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Mixed undergraduate and postgraduate halls
Gowar: Situated opposite Wedderburn on the south end of campus, offering modern single en-suite self-catered accommodation. This is a peaceful part of campus with plenty of communal grassy spaces, close to the Sports Centre and gym.
Runnymede: Runnymede offers much the same as Gowar, and is a modern building looking out over the sports fields. The building is mixed-gender, with single rooms and shared kitchen space - ideal for meeting new people.
Penrose Court: Penrose Court sits about two minutes away from campus, and with its own secluded, landscaped area it offers a good balance between on-and-off campus. Flats and houses contain single bedrooms with shared kitchen and bathrooms, as well as on-site common areas and laundry self-service.
Highfield Court: Like Penrose Court, Highfield Court is just outside the main campus and offers a secluded getaway from uni life while maintaining all the facilities you need. Flats contain single en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchen and dining areas, common rooms and self-service launderette.
Victorian House: Victorian House offers single rooms in a choice of small, standard and large, with shared bathroom and kitchen. Please be aware that Victorian House is currently unavailable for the year 2014/2015.
Royal Holloway University of London offers open days throughout the year to allows prospective students the opportunity to see the teaching facilities, accommodation and social opportunities available both on and off campus.
“I like RHUL's options, as well as the generous scholarship/bursary thing going on. It’s got a lovely feel; people are genuinely friendly and want to be there.” - Prospective RHUL student
“I find the facilities on campus very good; there is always a computer or study space which you can use. Food is easily available at a number of venues at a good price and quality. Student Services are easy to find, reliable and quick to help you sort out any issues. I also think that the Support Services are impeccable and the Students Union are also very active.” - Firrst year undergraduate student
“The accommodation really is great to me personally. Very clean and homely. I also think that the societies on offer are enjoyable, and the fact that the SU puts on little events and shows! Overall it seems like a lovely, homely little place so it's pretty tailored towards what I like.” - First-year RHUL undergraduate
“I had a great time at the open day! Can't wait to start, such a beautiful building and had a really friendly feel to it.” - Prospective RHUL undergraduate
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