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Commuting students

Commuting students

Royal Holloway is ideally placed for travelling to and from if you live in the south east of England and we provide plenty of support and opportunities to help make commuting to university an alternative to living in student accommodation.

Getting here

By car - students who commute from outside a 1.5-mile radius can apply for a free parking permit to park on campus.

Public transport – Egham is on the Reading to Waterloo train line, managed by South Western Railway. Trains run regularly throughout the day, with additional services during busy times. Students often apply for a 16-25 railcard, which saves you a 1/3 on rail fares. The campus is a 20-minute walk from the station or, for £1 a journey, you can catch the university shuttle bus from Egham station to the main campus.

There is also a good network of local buses from nearby towns such as Slough, Staines and Windsor.

Planning your time

Academic department timetables are all available online and any changes are made 48-hours beforehand so you can plan your time accordingly.

You can make the most of your time on campus between formal teaching times with our 24/7 library or be inspired to study in our original and historic Victorian Reading Room or outside within our 135-acre woodland. There are plenty of places to relax, have a cup of coffee or a snack or simply meet with friends. Our cafes are open throughout the day, with some open early morning and into the evening.

Our 150 societies and sports clubs hold activities and events at various times, with Wednesday afternoons clear of lectures and seminars so students can get involved in other activities, for example sports matches.

Our sports centre and fitness suite is open to all our students and a range of exercise classes take place throughout the day and evening.

If you decide you would like to occasionally stay overnight, rooms are available on campus at The Hub.

Making friends

Students make new friends across their university life, not just in Halls. You may meet fellow students with similar interests on your course, in one of our societies or clubs, or even a fellow commuter.

Many of our students take on a part-time job on campus, for example as a Student Ambassador or in one of our cafes, many of which have opportunities to work just in the day-time.

The focus of your first few weeks at Royal Holloway is Welcome Week, where you can join a host of activities aimed at helping our new students settle in, whether they live in halls or commute to campus. Examples of activities include campus tours, icebreakers and sports events. 

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