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Catered halls

The Founder’s Building was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. It is now home to undergraduate students and also contains a dining hall, café, chapel and picture gallery. Student rooms in Founder's come in different sizes and with different features. There are 56 single rooms, 250 single rooms with a washbasin, 103 large rooms and 22 shared rooms, where two students share one room.

Large single study bedrooms, arranged in single gender corridors with up to 24 other students.

2024/25 price: £8,199.10

The letting period for all rooms in Founder's is 38 weeks for full time undergraduates.

Single study bedrooms, with or without washbasin, arranged in single gender corridors with up to 24 other students.

2024/25 price: £7,488.90 – £7,581.65

The letting period for all rooms in Founder's is 38 weeks for full time undergraduates.

Shared bedroom between two students, with or without shared washbasin, in single gender areas. Please note you will not have an option to request who you’ll be sharing with.

2024/25 price: £4,656.05

The letting period for all rooms in Founder's is 38 weeks for full time undergraduates.

There’s furniture provided for you in the room, but you’ll have to bring a few bits yourself.

Due to the historic nature of the building, not all rooms have a washbasin.

We provide:

  • single bed (190cm x 90cm) with storage
  • wardrobe
  • drawers
  • desk and lamp
  • waste paper bin
  • desk chair
  • some rooms have washbasins
  • mattress protector

You’ll need to bring:

  • sheets
  • single duvet cover
  • pillowcases
  • towels
  • duvet and pillows

The University provide you with a mattress protector in your room. If you’d prefer not to bring your bedding from home, you can pre-order some from our friends at who will have it waiting for you on arrival. Shop now and save 10% by using discount code RHUL10.

WiFi is available in all rooms.

Founder’s is a catered, pay-as-you-go hall. This means that you won’t have access to a kitchen to cook your own meals but you’ll be able to buy all your meals from Founder’s dining hall at a discounted rate of approximately 50%. The 50% discount only applies to Founder’s dining hall, but you’ll also have the choice of eating in a range of other cafés and dining halls on campus and if you pay using your Student ID Card you’ll receive a 20% discount off your food.

Find out more about using your Student ID Card.

Our dining halls cater for all dietary requirements (e.g. vegan and halal). If there isn't an option to suit you on the menu, you just speak to a member of staff at the food counter and the cooks will make you something fresh.

Even though this hall is catered pay-as-you-go, you’ll have access to a pantry. Pantries are a kitchen type area designed for you to make drinks and light snacks and are shared by up to 24 students.

We provide:

  • small work surface and sink
  • microwave
  • kettle and toaster
  • larder refrigerator

You need to bring:

  • cups
  • plates and bowls
  • cutlery and other utensils
  • washing-up materials and tea towels 

The pantries are professionally cleaned weekly, but it’s also your responsibility to keep the shared areas clean and tidy.

No, you can’t bring your car with you to your Halls of Residence. You can bring your car to campus for up to one hour, but if you stay any longer you’ll get a parking fine.

More information about parking on campus.

All mail arrives at the Main College Post Room and is distributed to the appropriate Halls of Residence within 24 hours. In Founder’s Hall, letters you receive will be placed in the pigeon holes in George Eliot reception foyer for collection. If you receive a parcel or item needing a signature, we’ll email you to let you know that it’s arrived and is ready for collection from the George Eliot post room. Remember to bring valid ID when you come to collect your mail.

Please make sure your post is addressed using your full name, (as it appears on your student ID card, rather than any nicknames or abbreviated names), hall address and room number. Otherwise we may not be able to get your mail to you.

Founder’s Hall address:

Founder’s Building
Royal Holloway, University of London
TW20 0EX

More about sending and receiving mail

The laundry facilities for Founder’s Hall are located near reception.

We recommend using the mobile app.

More on laundry

Security officers are available on campus 24-7. The main security office is in the Founder's Building.

Officers monitor campus activities on CCTV and with frequent patrols responding to any fire alarm activations and disturbances on campus, as well as ensuring that areas are safe and secure.

Each hall has a reception point where you can report maintenance problems, top up your Student ID Card, and get advice or help.

George Eliot reception is the Halls reception for students living in Founder’s Hall. This is located on the ground floor of the George Eliot Centre, Block D.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am-8pm 
  • Weekends: 9am-5pm 

To learn more about accessibility in Founder's, please view the building's AccessAble profile.



360 Room Tour

Please see our virtual experience page for a 360 room tour of a single room. 

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