Royal Holloway students are spoilt for choice. Our green campus is located in the village of Englefield Green, but as we are just 40 minutes by train from the centre of London, you are able to spend a lot of your free time in the capital. Our location allows easy transport connections to a range of towns that offer plenty for you to see and do when you're not studying.
Egham and Englefield Green
Royal Holloway's campus is located in the village of Englefield Green. The town of Egham is a 10 minute walk away or can be reached by the College bus service.
Take a short walk to Runnymede, an attractive area of riverside meadows, grassland and woodland, and relax by the River Thames. Alternatively, run, cycle or simply explore on foot the varied landscape of the 4,800 acre Windsor Great Park. Don't let the name deceive you, the Great Park is not just accessible from Windsor, but actually has an entrance just minutes away from Royal Holloway.
When you’re finished studying for the day, treat yourself to a meal out. The local area is home to a number of independent restaurants. From Indian to Italian, traditional British pub food to modern cuisine, there is a real variety on offer.
While you're so close to the campus, stock up on the weekly shopping – Egham has all the shops that Royal Holloway students need on a day-to-day basis, including supermarkets and smaller convenience stores.
A bus from just outside campus takes approximately 15 minutes. Alternatively, a train from Egham takes around five minutes.
Pay a visit to the recently renovated Two Rivers shopping complex or Elmsleigh Shopping Centre. These centres, together with the town’s high street, are home to many of the big name high street chains, as well as small independent shops. Whether you’re looking for a new outfit for that big night out, a book for your studies, or a DVD for a night in, you’re sure to find it in Staines.
If you missed the weekly market day in the Students’ Union, there are regular markets in Staines. Farmers markets showcase the best in local produce, and arts and crafts markets may provide you with something to add an extra touch to your university room. The good value fruit and vegetable markets mean there is no excuse for not eating healthily!
When you're done with the shopping, why not catch the latest blockbuster at the modern 10 screen Vue cinema, sample one of the town centre restaurants or have a drink at one of the modern bars on the Thames.
A bus from just outside the campus takes approximately 20 minutes. For those students feeling energetic, the walk across Windsor Great Park takes around an hour.
Windsor Castle forms such a large part of the town, that you can’t miss it. If you have an interest in the history of Britain, it’s well worth paying the castle a visit. The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, contains elaborately decorated state apartments which are open to visitors throughout the year.
Whether you prefer a meal and drink in a local pub, or modern cuisine and a glass of wine in a trendy bar, Windsor offers great choice, and is a popular choice for Royal Holloway students. After dark, there are a number of late-night bars and clubs offering student nights.
Arty types will love the Firestation Arts Centre. Located a five-minute walk from the town centre, their eclectic programme takes in mainstream and international cinema, theatre productions, gigs showcasing upcoming bands from indie to jazz, comedy and dance shows, as well as 2D art exhibitions.
Windsor is shopping heaven, whether you have a penchant for designer fashion, high-street labels, department stores or more independent shops. All these sit side by side with smaller, specialist outlets.
Richmond upon Thames
Trains run regularly from Egham directly to Richmond-upon-Thames and take approximately 20 minutes.
With the River Thames running through the heart of Richmond, it’s so picturesque that many visitors simply wander along the river, or visit London's largest park with herds of deer and views as far as St Paul's Cathedral.
Twickenham Stadium, close to Richmond, is the home of England Rugby. Take in the excitement of one of the international finals, or support one of the local London rugby teams in their pursuit of the premiership title.
If you enjoyed Windsor Castle, and are keen to explore more of the UK’s history, Richmond is the home to Hampton Court Palace, with its well maintained state apartments, once home to Henry VIII, landscaped gardens and mind boggling outdoor maze.
Trains run regularly from Egham directly to London Waterloo and take approximately 40 minutes.
A visit to London doesn't need to be expensive. During the summer months, you are likely to find a free festival happening around the capital almost every weekend. London is home to the some of the largest international festivals in Europe, and hosts its own annual Thames Festival. Local boroughs often celebrate their cultures with street parties and festivals.
While open-air festivals are a good option in the summer months, winter is a good chance to explore London's museums. London is home to some of the world's best museums and art galleries, many of which are free, where you can discover a wealth of exhibitions.
London is well-known for its West End, with theatres staging international productions and bars and clubs providing plenty of options for a night out once the performance is over.
Oxford Street or Regent Street are likely to be your first stops on a big shopping trip, but don't forget London's markets if you're looking for something really unique. Camden Lock andSpitalfields are two of the better known markets, and offer a range of clothing, crafts, as well as food and drink.
London is one of the greenest capitals in the world, and if you fancy escaping from the busy streets, you won't need to go far to find one of its many parks. These offer the opportunity for enjoyment, exploration, or simply a summer picnic with friends.
With 18 major railway stations surrounding London's city centre, connections are offered to practically all main cities in the UK. If you want to travel even further afield, the Eurostar service connects St Pancras International Station to Paris or Brussels in just over two hours.
Trains run regularly from Egham directly to Reading and take approximately 40 minutes.
Music lovers should be well aware of the Reading Festival. The annual music festival, held in August, hosts some of the biggest acts on the rock and indie music scene. Even though it has a massive capacity of 80,000, demand is high and tickets often sell out within days of being released – so you have to be quick if you're thinking of going!
Reading's largest shopping centre, the Oracle, is a natural starting point on any visit to the town. If you don't fancy taking on the busy streets of London, it offers a great alternative. Located directly in the town centre, it is home to 110 stores, along with riverside eateries.
Trains run north from Reading towards the university city of Oxford, south to coastal retreats such as Bournemouth, and further west towards the beautiful south coast of Wales and cities such as Cardiff and Swansea. Plan your journey online with National Rail.