I headed down to a Royal Holloway applicant day a couple weeks back. Really lovely area and campus, and the course for English/History looks very nice too. Plus it's one of the most highly rated unis that I can get into with my mediocre grades.
The only problem, for me, is how posh it felt. I couldn't shake the feeling of it seeming like a rich kid's school. Of course, Royal Holloway will have a lot of rich people attending; it's a rich area in general and accommodation prices are huge (people staying in huge rooms with double beds lol). Even in a speech during the English application day, the person giving the speech explained away the less-than-100% employment rate from the course by joking that "quite a lot of our students are wealthy, so just sit around on beaches after graduating" or something along those lines.
I know that I'm generalizing outrageously and coming across as bitter and irrationally scared of rich people, but it's really not a group that I want to be around them exclusively for my student life. I live near to Wellington college, and dislike most people I know from there, which doesn't help. I don't want to be sheltered from the real world of all economic climates by being around them exclusively.
I don't think I have any idea what atmosphere I want in a university now. When I headed down to East Anglia, I was thinking "ohh I wish this was a little nicer". When I headed down to Royal Holloway, I was thinking "ohh I wish this was a little more scummy".
So I guess my (slightly weird) question is, do you, as a Holloway student, feel like the amount of wealthy students outnumber those from any other economic climate? Does everybody there come from a private school? I understand that you can find most types of people in a University, but I'm worried that I'll be missing out on certain demographics who simply cant afford the living costs.
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