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Commuting students

Royal Holloway is ideally placed for travelling to and from if you live in London or the south east of England and many of our students choose to commute to our campus. From free parking permits and flexible learning options to access to University of London facilities, choosing to commute can be a great alternative to living in halls.

Getting here

By car - if you live further than 1.5 miles away and wish to drive to campus you 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. See National Rail for up-to-date timetables. 

16-25 railcard can save you a 1/3 on rail fares. The campus is a 20-minute walk from the station or, for £1 a journey (contactless available) 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 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 you 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.

You can also access health services with our on-campus NHS health centre and support from our Wellbeing teams. 

Making friends

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. 

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.

Hear from two of our students about their experiences of living at home and commuting to Royal Holloway. 

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