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    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.

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    At a glance

    What you need to know about Royal Holloway

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    30th (Complete University Guide 2014)
    38th (The Guardian’s University Guide 2014)


    Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2013/14 year were £9,000 per year for UK/EU students and between £12,600 and £14,250 per year for international students.

    Established: 1879 (as Royal Holloway College)

    UCAS Code: R72


    Applicants per place: 7.3
    Green score: 43.3%
    Total students: 8,760
    Undergraduate students: 6,750
    Postgrad students: 2,010
    Part-time students: 25%
    % International students: 25%
    % Mature students: 16%
    Male:female student ratio: 42:58
    Student to staff ratio: 15:4:1
    Typical number of offers: 17,432


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    Open days at Royal Holloway

    Royal Holloway, University of London open days

    The following open days will take place in 2015 at Royal Holloway:

    Wednesday 17th June 2015
    Saturday 20th June 2015

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    Royal Holloway, University of London
    TW20 0EX

    Telephone 01784 434455

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