George Eliot Hall
Our new student accommodation on our North Campus, between Harvest Road and Chestnut Drive, is ready for students to move into. The new modern rooms for just over 600 students means we can guarantee residential places to first year undergraduates.
The new student residences will be named after the writer George Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, and alumna of Bedford College.
The George Eliot Halls at a glance:
- 56 new townhouses that will become home to more than 600 students.
- The townhouses will have social spaces, receptions and laundries.
- Three and four storey units, housing eight or 12 students each.
- Outdoor social and study spaces.
“This project provides an exciting new model for student accommodation which will serve Royal Holloway for years to come.The townhouses encourage communal living, with shared facilities and common areas. The development has been arranged among mature trees and will create pleasant green spaces and sheltered paths connecting residences to the main campus."
Mike Berry, Director of Estates at Royal Holloway
Preserving a piece of local history
At the front of one of the buildings are six bricks of particular significance. These came from The Beeches, a Victorian house that previously stood on the site. When The Beeches was built in the 1890s for the Pocock family, each family member had one brick specially engraved with his/her initials. These have now been incorporated into one of the townhouses. We carefully removed the bricks last year to ensure this piece of local history was preserved and we will be inviting the family to unveil a plaque when the residences are complete next year. Find out more about the bricks in this 'Behind the hat' video with Steve Tong, one of our bricklayers.
When was the accommodation finished?
The hall is finished ready for the 2017/18 academic year.
- On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September Royal Holloway students will be moving into Halls of residences in preparation for the new term. Over this weekend the university will also be welcoming the first residents of the new George Eliot Hall, located off Harvest Road.
- Tuesday 12th September 2017
- Work is being carried to create a safe route between Royal Holloway's new George Eliot Halls on the university's north campus and the south campus, with the installation of a new pedestrian crossing and bus shelters on the A30.
- Tuesday 18th July 2017
- Roadwork information
- Monday 3rd July 2017
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