Royal Holloway University was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886 as a college for women. It was sponsored by the millionaire Thomas Holloway and its beautiful building at the Runnymede site was his former home. At the end of the 19th century Royal Holloway merged with Bedford Women’s College and both were admitted to the University of London in 1900. Since then it has acquired a reputation for teachings in psychology, the arts and social sciences. Now a mixed sex university, Royal Holloway was the Olympic Village for Rowing during the 2012 London Olympics.
Most halls of residence are on campus and therefore only a few minutes walk to the main teaching buildings. The furthest is one mile away. Founders Hall is a Victorian college building and Kingswood is a former monastery. The campus is located close to Windsor with its Great Park, castle and other attractions. London is within easy reach by public transport.
Royal Holloway, University of London is ranked 351st-400th in the Times Higher Education rankings. It is ranked between 801-900th in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Royal Holloway is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.
Royal Holloway is not currently in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are currently around 3000 international students coming from 100 different countries representing over 30% of all students.
Pathway entry for international students-Royal Holloway's International Study Centre, offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
Royal Holloway has a student population of over 11,000, of which 9,220 are undergraduates and 1,690 are postgraduates.
92.5% of Royal Holloway’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University is set in 135 acres of parkland and is within walking distance of Windsor Great Park. The Founders Building at the heart of the campus is based on the French chateau style and is home to Thomas Holloway’s collection of Victorian paintings. Royal Holloway University owns the Victorian Boilerhouse theatre and the modern Caryl Churchill theatre and arts space. The Hub student village supports 80 different sports clubs and societies and boasts bars, cafes and a games area as well as a sports centre. Whilst Egham is small, the nightlife, shopping and restaurants of London are within easy reach by road or rail.
New undergraduates are guaranteed a place in the University owned halls on campus. There are a mixture of catered and self catered halls available and contracts are 30 weeks for undergraduates and 50 weeks for postgraduates. Examples of costs are as follows:
Lowest cost for single bedroom with shared bathroom is £146.79 per week. An example cost for catered accommodation at Kingswood is £123.64 per week.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples - BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £18,100 for Arts and Humanities subjects, rising to £19,300 for Business related courses. Fees start at £21,900 for Engineering courses, and £23,200 for Physics.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
Royal Holloway offers a limited range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including: BSc Business Administration, BA History, BSc Marketing, MSc/PG Dip Information Security, and MSc, PGDip and PGCert Project Management.