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Hey,
I’ve been reading so many old and relatively new threads about what Royal Holloway is like as a university but have been getting so many mixed responses. I’m also worried that maybe I’m reading the wrong information now because lots can change in a few years.

Just wanted to ask what the social life is like at RH and if it’s quite multicultural/non-judgmental uni? Also, have heard that it’s quite bleak in terms of night life, is that true? It’s not the be all or end all but it is an important factor to consider still.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!!
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it's a uni in a village. The only night life is the pubs around it and the SU. But really, it all depends on you and the people you hang with. If you're outgoing and so are they, you'll be fine. If you're introveted and so are they, you'll struggle - it really is what you'll make of it. The upside to being in a village is that you're surrouneded by the countryside, You can walk to Virginia Water quite easily, it's a beautiful place.
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it's a uni in a village. The only night life is the pubs around it and the SU. But really, it all depends on you and the people you hang with. If you're outgoing and so are they, you'll be fine. If you're introveted and so are they, you'll struggle - it really is what you'll make of it. The upside to being in a village is that you're surrouneded by the countryside, You can walk to Virginia Water quite easily, it's a beautiful place.
I just looked it up, seems beautiful! Thanks for replying and for the help - I do love nature but have lived in a city/busy town my whole life so am I bit worried I might find the change of pace quite boring? I was also wondering if, in your eyes, it might lack in social life on a whole for someone who is not an extrovert but can be when comfortable with somebody. I just don’t want to miss out on the “uni experience” as such.
I have been offered a place to study Computer Science and am just struggling on whether to make it my firm (my other top contender is Liverpool).
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It really depends on you. If you find it hard to make friends or are quite shy then its a struggle - but thats probably true for most uni's. If you're prepared to talk to strangers and join societies on your own, you'll make friends and you'll be fine. Most people I know loved it and made loads of friends.

if you;re shy and really quiet and struggle to make friends, then perhaps its not the best place, otherwise you should be fine.
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Hey,
I’ve been reading so many old and relatively new threads about what Royal Holloway is like as a university but have been getting so many mixed responses. I’m also worried that maybe I’m reading the wrong information now because lots can change in a few years.

Just wanted to ask what the social life is like at RH and if it’s quite multicultural/non-judgmental uni? Also, have heard that it’s quite bleak in terms of night life, is that true? It’s not the be all or end all but it is an important factor to consider still.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!!
Hi LeenaB647,

As a third-year student at Royal Holloway who comes from London, I feel I may able to help answer your questions.

In terms of social life and life on campus, students have a range of options to choose from in terms of how they choose to balance academic studies and free time. Royal Holloway has both the Students Union and a bar called Medicine, both located on campus where student nights out take place. As we are a relatively small university, it’s a great way to meet/socialise with other students. The university itself is very multicultural and definitely not a judgmental place at all. There are a wide, diverse range of students here which I found to be one of my favourite things as I met so many people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Joining a society and/or sports team also adds to your social life; each society organises their own events/socials for members weekly.

I know before I came to Royal Holloway, I had similar questions to you coming from a very busy city to Egham. Personally, I’ve loved my time here, it’s of course not as lively as the capital, however settling in was so easy and I appreciated certain aspects I couldn’t enjoy in London. The thing I like about the location of university, is that it’s easy to travel back into central London. I regularly travel back into London from uni for nights out, going back home or just taking a break from uni work. It’s easily accessible, and you’re never too far away from the city. Many students also choose to go to Staines, which is one train stop from Egham which includes a cinema, shopping mall and a range of restaurants. Additionally, the historic town of Windsor is not far away at all. Students similarly go here for shopping, food and nights out; there are bars and a club called ATIK.

I’ve genuinely enjoyed my time here, it’s true that social life may not be as lively as central London, but that didn’t stop me from having a great social life in Egham. A combination of social life on campus and in the surrounding area, as well as still being so close to central London means I have a great social life. I get to pick and choose when I want to go into London, without having to live in the hustle and bustle of it every day.

If you any other questions at all, feel free to send me a message here.

Jen
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Hi LeenaB647,

As a third-year student at Royal Holloway who comes from London, I feel I may able to help answer your questions.

In terms of social life and life on campus, students have a range of options to choose from in terms of how they choose to balance academic studies and free time. Royal Holloway has both the Students Union and a bar called Medicine, both located on campus where student nights out take place. As we are a relatively small university, it’s a great way to meet/socialise with other students. The university itself is very multicultural and definitely not a judgmental place at all. There are a wide, diverse range of students here which I found to be one of my favourite things as I met so many people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Joining a society and/or sports team also adds to your social life; each society organises their own events/socials for members weekly.

I know before I came to Royal Holloway, I had similar questions to you coming from a very busy city to Egham. Personally, I’ve loved my time here, it’s of course not as lively as the capital, however settling in was so easy and I appreciated certain aspects I couldn’t enjoy in London. The thing I like about the location of university, is that it’s easy to travel back into central London. I regularly travel back into London from uni for nights out, going back home or just taking a break from uni work. It’s easily accessible, and you’re never too far away from the city. Many students also choose to go to Staines, which is one train stop from Egham which includes a cinema, shopping mall and a range of restaurants. Additionally, the historic town of Windsor is not far away at all. Students similarly go here for shopping, food and nights out; there are bars and a club called ATIK.

I’ve genuinely enjoyed my time here, it’s true that social life may not be as lively as central London, but that didn’t stop me from having a great social life in Egham. A combination of social life on campus and in the surrounding area, as well as still being so close to central London means I have a great social life. I get to pick and choose when I want to go into London, without having to live in the hustle and bustle of it every day.

If you any other questions at all, feel free to send me a message here.

Jen
Hey,
Thank you so so much for replying !! It’s genuinely so nice to have an honest perspective from an actual student there.
I really appreciate you taking the time to reply and help!! I will 100% consider everything you’ve mentioned, it really helped to have your take on things especially because you’re from London ((I’m from the outskirts))
Thanks again,
Leena
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