The University of Roehampton offers a unique academic experience; a beautiful, vibrant parkland campus environment in the heart of south-west London, only 30 minutes from the West End.
The University’s origins lie in the mid nineteenth century, with the establishment of four teacher training colleges that came together to establish the Roehampton Institute in 1975. The Institute was granted University status by the Privy Council in 2004 and continues to be strongly supported by the four Providing Bodies that founded the Colleges: the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the Froebel Trust, and the Society of the Sacred Heart. This unique history continues to determine the character and ethos of the University in a number of ways. For example, Roehampton maintains its pre-eminence in the field of education, and is the largest provider of teacher training in London, working in partnership with over 500 schools.
Some 10,000 students attend the University of Roehampton, a quarter of who are postgraduates. There is a cosmopolitan atmosphere on campus, with more than 140 different nationalities studying at the University, reflecting it's growing international reputation.
Roehampton manages its programme across ten academic Departments. Each of these manages its own budget, course content, research activity and programme-based events. Postgraduate students are also members of the Graduate School.
Roehampton's parkland campus includes four Colleges, each of which has its own unique personality with a real community spirit. Each College is responsible for its own accommodation, conferencing and other social activities. They also provide students with pastoral support and work closely with the Students' Union College reps who organise an extensive range of social opportunities.
Originally four teacher training colleges, merged into Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in 1975. In 1984, the institute became a constituent college of the University of Surrey. In 2004, the university became an independent university.
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The Library is located on the Digby Stuart campus (Roehampton Lane site). It holds approximately 350,000 books, artefacts and audio visual materials and more than 300,000 eBooks. It also holds subscriptions to nearly 200 print only journals and more than 32,500 electronic journals. The Library offers a range of academic, Library and study skills workshops. There is access to computer suites throughout the year and it is open 24 hours a day during peak times in the academic year.
The Library also has a range of study environments available - there are noise zones to cater for all tastes, Group, Quiet and Silent areas. Study bays are dotted around the book floors, as well as bookable study rooms, PC Suites, social learning in the Wired cybercafé, access to power for laptops on study bays, sofas, desks, bean bags and comfy chairs.
The University will be building a new state-of-the-art library, due to open in September 2016. The aspiration is to create an inspirational university library, providing access to books and technology and a variety of study spaces for groups and individuals. The four storey building will make reference to the University's heritage whilst providing a modern learning environment.
Computer suites are available in the Library, Southlands, Whitelands, Froebel and Mount Clare.
The University of Roehampton Library has several open access PC suites as well as an internet café called Wired. A laptop rental service is also available from IT Services in the Library, enabling students to borrow a laptop for a short period of time.
Visit the university website for more information on open-access computers at Roehampton. WiFi is available throughout the University.
Sport Roehampton is the University's Sports department and is responsible for organising the wide range of sport and physical activity programmes on offer to students, staff and the local community. Sport Roehampton offers a range of sports clubs, competitions, exercise classes, dance based activity, social and recreational sport as well as an on campus gym. Sport Roehampton also has a track record of supporting elite sport and has a number of elite and international standard student athletes. There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available for Roehampton students for those who are particularly talented.
On-campus sports facilities include:
- All weather floodlit multi use games area for tennis, netball, five-a-side football and basketball
- A further full-size tennis court
- Fully inclusive (IFI accredited) fitness suite with CV and resistance training equipment, air conditioning and personal entertainment systems
- Three dance studios with specialty, sprung floors and ceiling-to-floor mirrors
- An indoor gymnasium for fencing, badminton, basketball, volleyball, sitting volleyball, boccia and five-a-side football
- Two grass football pitches
Our teams, clubs and recreational programmes also enjoy access to a range of high quality local facilities, including the following (within walking distance of campus)
- The National Tennis Centre
- Bank of England Sports Centre
- Roehampton Club
- Roehampton Sport and Fitness Centre
- Richmond Park
The University of Roehampton currently runs a sports scholarship programme which includes four annual £3,000 scholarships rewarding students for their commitment to sporting excellence.
The university has it's own medical centre, based in the Old Court at Froebel. This is a full NHS General Practice service for all Roehampton students within the practice area. It is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, during term-time only, offering a range of services including sexual health screening, family planning and travel immunisations. This is a nurse-led service, which means you will be seen initially by a nurse who will be able to provide you with treatment or refer you to a GP or other service.
Shops and Amenities
There are various shops available on campus where students can purchase basic groceries, stationery, computer consumables, select pharmaceuticals and snacks.
Whitelands students are closer to the shops on Danebury Avenue and Roehampton High Street (which include a Waitrose, Co-op, Chemist, Post Office, Off Licence and Takeaways).
The University is in close proximity by public transport to both Putney and Hammersmith which boost a huge variety of shops, restaurants and bars, including Westfield.
- Froebel Catering Outlets
- Digby Stuart Catering Outlets
- Whitelands Catering Outlets
- Southlands Catering Outlets
The University offers several catering outlets throughout the campus such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Trattoria Pizzeria (which offers delivery), Peri Peri and many more.
There is a Santander Bank on the Digby Stuart campus as well as a 'free-of-charge' cash machine in The Union (Froebel Campus). Off campus, the nearest free cash-machine is on Roehampton Lane opposite the hospital. For banking, you will have to travel to Putney, Kingston or Wimbledon.
Since three of the colleges are located on the Roehampton Lane campus, for most students everything they need will be within walking distance. The Whitelands campus is a 10-20 minute walk from the main campus, and Mount Clare is a similar distance away. There is an inter-campus bus service that runs regularly through the week.
The Employability Centre is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the Library and aims to provide help and support to Roehampton students, graduates and alumni to develop their employability skills. The service is open from Monday to Friday between 11am and 3pm.
The University has recently launched a range of new schemes to support students in getting the skills and experience they need for a job:
- The Graduate Mentoring Scheme (GMS) partners students with Roehampton alumni working in a variety of different work sectors both in London and internationally such as authors, journalists, scientists and teachers. This helps students get tailored advice in a field in which they are interested and to build their professional networks, increasing their chances of getting a graduate level job.
- The Internal Internship Scheme provides paid work placements for students in a range of University departments, working on anything from events management to digital media. This helps students improve their CV and earn money.
- The Santander Internship Scheme provides paid placements for students in local businesses, helping them gain work experience and making new contacts. This scheme is supported by a wider partnership with Santander Bank.
Study Abroad: Roehampton has exchange agreements with universities in Europe, Australia, the US and Latin America, giving students plenty of opportunities to study abroad for a term in their second year. They don’t pay any extra tuition fees and the credits earned transfers back to a Roehampton degree.
The University's most recent 2014 DLHE results (just confirmed by HESA), show that 92.3% of 2013 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating.
Bars, Pubs and clubs
Based on the Froebel campus, the Union bar is the University’s main social hub with a fully stocked bar, a variety of food available and a popular schedule of events including Karaoke, Open Mic and Slap it on student DJ slots on throughout the week. The Union Bar and adjoining Monte Hall is also home to our legendary club night THE BOP, held every Friday night throughout the term. The Union bar is a great place to meet, study, work and play. In the summer, the Union courtyard plays host to a range of food stalls including major high street names.
Barcode is based above the Dining room in Whitelands and serves a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Look out for student nights on Wednesdays at Pryzm in Kingston as well as Fez in Putney. There is a huge variety of bars, pubs and clubs in Putney, Hammersmith and Clapham - all easily accessible by public transport. Central London is also only a tube or train ride away.
Clubs and societies
There are loads of societies to join and if you can't find one you want to join, you can start up your own - all you need is the details of 10 students and apply to the SU to start up.
The University offers a variety of well-equipped halls of residence across our site. Most rooms are for undergraduate students; however, we also have some for postgraduate students, continuing students and those returning to study. Students who apply before the May deadline (and meet the criteria) are guaranteed a room and will receive an offer in June. Students who apply between May and the end of July (who live within 10 miles) will be allocated a room after the end of July, subject to availability. Students who apply after the end of July will be allocated a room, subject to availability, according to the date of their application, not their distance from the University.
For more information relating to accommodation at Roehampton, please visit the Accommodation pages on our website.
All on-campus accommodation rooms offer internet access via data cabling or a wireless network. Communal areas are regularly cleaned while laundry facilities are close to most accommodation blocks. There are also landline phones in each hall, which can be used to receive external calls and make internal calls within the University.
All kitchens contain a microwave, hob and oven, a kettle, an iron and ironing board, a vacuum cleaner, a toaster, a fridge/freezer, and general waste and recycling bins. Most kitchens, common rooms, corridors and staircases in shared and en suite flats is cleaned once a week. Bede, Newman, Lawrence, Garden Court, New Court and Old Court is cleaned twice weekly.
Each of the colleges have their own residences. An overview is listed below, but more comprehensive information can be found in this pdf.
Digby Stuart College
Here you'll have a choice of 4 self-catered halls all available on 38 week lets (except Shaw F - 48 weeks). All 140 rooms in Lee House are self-catered as are most of the 61 rooms in Newman House. Shaw House has 47 of it's 143 rooms as en-suites. Bede House is the cheapest accommodation here and has 108 rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
There are 8 self-catered halls in Froebel. Lawrence, New Court, Old Court, Garden Court and Mount Clare have rooms with shared bathrooms for 38 week lets. Linden, Aspen and Willow have en-suite rooms.
Epworth and Aldersgate Court have 213 rooms arranged in flats with shared facilities and a further 8 en-suite rooms. Wesley Hall has 66 en-suite rooms including some for mature and international studnets. All rooms here are self-catered and are available for 38 week lets (except Arton Wilson East - 48 weeks).
Beverley, Cheltenham, Durham, Gilesgate, Kings, Melrose and Walpole halls all have 289 self-catered en-suite rooms between them, arranged in small flats which can be rented for 38 week lets. Sutherland has 15 self-catered rooms which are available for 48 week lets.
The University of Roehampton has signed an agreement to provide 400 student bedrooms in the heart of London, close to Vauxhall Bridge, in Zone 1, around 20 minutes from the main campus by public transport. The high-quality student accommodation will be based in the new Spring Mews development in Vauxhall Gardens Conservation Area and will feature a range of facilities for students to enjoy including a gym and swimming pool, a cinema, games areas and 24 security. Each room will include en-suite bathrooms and access to kitchen facilities.
If you are interested in living off campus, there is a wide variety of accommodation suitable for students available to rent in Roehampton and the surrounding area. This private sector accommodation includes:
- properties to rent by groups of students
- rooms available within a student house
- rooms within a resident landlords property (lodgings)
The University has teamed up with the student accommodation company Studentpad to provide an online search facility for private accommodation available to rent in the local area.
The following areas are easily accessible by public transport (bus or train) to the University: Battersea, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, East Acton, Hammersmith, Kingston, Kingston Vale, Putney, Richmond, Sheen, Shepherd’s Bush, Southfields, Tolworth, Vauxhall, Victoria, Wandsworth Town, Waterloo and Wimbledon.
Roehampton is located in SW London. Barnes Station is about 15 minutes walk from the Roehampton Lane Campus. It serves Clapham Junction and Waterloo in one direction and out as far as Staines and Windsor to the south west.
The University of Roehampton has many projects and initiatives which promote environmental sustainability. These are supported by students, staff and outside organisations.
- The University has established an allotment for students, staff and members of the local community to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
- Working with The London Orchard Project, staff and student volunteers planted a new orchard with apple, pear and plum trees, and are restoring a 100-year-old orchard in Froebel grounds.
- In a collaborative project with a local branch of The British Beekeepers' Association, the University established beehives on the campus. It will soon be producing it's own honey and aims to provide an educational resource for beekeepers, staff and students.
- The University has a flourishing Bicycle User Group (BUG) for students and staff, which has over 100 members and there are cycle shelters and showers for cyclists across the entire campus. You could hire a bike through our Student Union's On Your Bike scheme.
- The University participates in the Walking Works campaign, encouraging employees to walk more, both during the working day and for commuting. There is a 1.5km walking route on campus.
- Part of a growing national programme for UK universities, the Green Impact initiative encourages the formation of departmental Green Teams which work to reduce their local environmental impacts.
- The University participates in the national Student Switch Off campaign, an energy-saving competition between halls of residence on campus. Prizes are given to encourage students to save energy, and the winning hall is funded for an end-of-year party.
- This national Environmental Management System and award scheme was developed specifically for the UK higher education sector. The University of Roehampton achieved a Silver Award in July 2012.
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