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Our campus

  • The College campus is set in 135 acres of parkland at Egham TW20 0EX in Surrey.

  • We are located 19 miles from central London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. The College also has a central London base at  Bedford Square in Bloomsbury.

  • Founder’s Building is widely recognised as one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world. Founder’s is home to the famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway’s fine collection of Victorian paintings and the beautiful chapel;  it also provides a remarkable residence for 500 students; and has a dining hall and restaurant, part of the library and some departments and services inside.

  • Royal Holloway’s multi-million pound estate investment programme continues to enhance the campus, most recently with a new drama theatre - the Caryl Churchill Theatre - and further phases of award-winning student accommodation, plus refurbishment and extensions to a number of academic buildings and services.


Royal Holloway has an annual income of around £142 million.  Copies of the College's Financial Statements are available online as PDF documents listed by date:

Financial Statements 2013| 

Financial Statements 2012|

Financial Statements 2011|

Financial Statements 2010|

Financial Statements 2009|

The Financial Statements include a report by the College's Auditors. In addition to the report contained within the Financial Statements the following wording is added at their request where Financial Statements are published electronically.

"Financial statements are published on the college’s website in accordance with legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, which may vary from legislation in other jurisdictions.  The maintenance and integrity of the company’s website is the responsibility of the Council.  The College Council's responsibility also extends to the ongoing integrity of the financial statements contained therein.".


World university rankings

Royal Holloway was ranked 102nd in the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings| published in September 2013. Ranked 12th overall in the UK, the Guide has described Royal Holloway as "truly world class". 

Royal Holloway is ranked in fifth place in the world  (first in the UK) in the category of 'International Outlook', recognising our broader outlook as a global university. The rankings use three separate indicators to judge 'international outlook' - proportion of international staff  and students and research in terms of papers that are co-authored with at least one international partner.

The university is also particularly highly rated for the wide-reaching impact of its research, scoring 97.5 per cent for citations, further cementing Royal Holloway’s status as one of the world’s premier research institutions.

Newspaper rankings

We are consistently ranked in the top tier of UK universities in rankings published by the British media.  

 League table  Rank 
 The Times Good University Guide   28
 The Complete University Guide  26
 The Guardian University Guide  38   
 The Sunday Times Good University Guide                 35 


Our departments also rank highly, for example:

  • Music is ranked fourth in the  Times Good University Guide, 2014 and eighth in the  Complete University Guide 2014
  • Psychology is ranked  12th in the Complete University Guide 2014, and 12th in the Guardian University Guide 2014, placing it in the top 10 per cent in the UK.
  • Physics ranked 11th in the Guardian University Guide, 2014
  • Media Arts is ranked 13th in the Guardian University Guide, 2014
  • Geography ranked 18th in the Guardian University Guide, 2014
  • Drama ranked 11th in the Times Good University Guide, 2014
  • Earth Sciences ranked seventh in the Times Good University Guide, 2014 and eighth in the Guardian University Guide, 2014.

National Student Survey (NSS)

Royal Holloway students have given us a big vote of confidence in each successive National Student Survey, conducted independently with final year students. National rankings have placed the College among the top group of universities for students’ overall satisfaction with the quality of their academic experience. 

Overall student satisfaction across the College has been highly rated every year. Our overall satisfaction rating in the most recent survey is 89 per cent (2013), (and six of our departments are ranked in the top 10 nationally) putting us in the top quartile for universities in the UK. 

The survey aims to help prospective students make informed choices about where to apply to study by comparing results on the official Unistats website.


Royal Holloway’s position as one of the UK’s leading research-intensive institutions was confirmed by the results of the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE).

The scoring system for the RAE 2008 measures research quality in four categories, with the top score of 4* indicating quality that is world-leading and of the highest standards in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The College is ranked 16th in the UK for research of 4* standard and 18th for 3* and 4* research.

Royal Holloway’s successes include:

  • 60 per cent of research profile is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, outperforming the national average of 50 per cent

  • The Department of Music is the top department in the UK, further recognition of its world-leading research excellence

  • A further eight departments are in the top 10 ranked by proportion of 3* and 4* research: Biological Sciences (joint third), Drama (joint ninth), Earth Sciences (joint seventh), Economics (joint ninth), Geography (joint ninth), German (joint fifth), Media Arts (joint sixth) and Psychology (joint fifth).

Our results are testament both to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the investment that the College has made in recent years.

See  also: RAE 2008 pages|


  • Royal Holloway has over 9,000 students (including visiting and exchange) from over 100 countries.
  • Over 2,000 are postgraduates on a variety of taught and research degrees.
  • Just over 20 per cent of students are from outside of the European Union.


There are currently 1,525 members of staff working at Royal Holloway across academic,  administrative and support areas.


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