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Campus and facilities

Our beautiful 135-acre campus is a vibrant and friendly place to live, study and socialise.

The spectacular Founder’s Building, at the heart of our campus, is home to the famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway's fine collection of Victorian paintings. You'll also find the  Chapel and more than 500 students who call Founder's home, many of whom liken it to living in a castle or Hogwarts!

As well as being proud of the buildings that represent our pioneering history, we're continuing to develop our campus with a multi-million pound estate investment programme that puts our students at the heart of everything we do. Take a look at our estate plan to see the exciting developments that are currently underway and those planned for the future.

Study spaces

Royal Holloway's extensive library has a stock of more than 600,000 volumes and subscribes to over 17,000 print and online journals.

Located in the flagship Emily Wilding Davison Building, which is at the heart of our campus, our library is available 24/7, nearly all year round, and there's plenty of space to learn with more than 1,250 study seats and zones for both silent and collaborative work.


Our original, historic Victorian reading room located in Founder's Building, is also available for you to use as a study space.

Campus amenities

On-campus bank

Located in the Emily Wilding Davison Building, our on-campus branch of Santander offers a counter service if you want to open an account or have any queries. We also have three cashpoints across campus.

Other major banks and building societies have branches in the nearby Egham town centre.

Online bookshop

John Smith's runs a dedicated online bookshop for Royal Holloway staff and students where you can order any books you may need for your degree.


The Union Shop, managed by the Students' Union, is open throughout the year and offers a wide selection of groceries, frozen and chilled food, wines and beers and toiletries.


Social spaces

The Students' Union

The Students’ Union provides safe and fun places for our students to socialise. 

The main function space, the Students' Union Main Hall, hosts at least two events per week and you can also relax in Tommy's Kitchen, Medicine and Stumble Out, each with their own identity. 

Find out more about the Students' Union's venues.

Places to eat and drink

With 11 catering outlets on our main campus, and a further two at Kingswood, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat.

Check out the meet, eat & drink guide for an overview of our bars, restaurants and cafés.



The Sports Centre is situated on our main campus and is the hub of activity and sporting life at Royal Holloway. It provides a multi-use sports hall, a 60-station fitness suite, aerobics area and changing facilities. We are also pleased to be able to offer a wide range of services including personal training and fitness classes.

Outdoors, we have world-class, floodlit pitches and courts. They provide all-weather playing surfaces for a wide range of sports.

Find out more about active lifestyle and sport.

Netball courts participation

Multi-faith facilities

The beautiful College Chapel is used for daily worship with services open to everyone.


The Muslim prayer room offers prayer and ablution facilities for men and women.

For more information check our Faith Support

Student accommodation

You can choose from a wide variety of on-campus accommodation, with the majority of our halls within a few minutes’ walk of our teaching and social facilities. Kingswood Hall is a located a mile away from campus and is connected by a free bus service.

Whether you opt for self-catered or catered pay-as-you-go accommodation, your halls will be well-equipped, with launderettes located across campus.

Take a look at our accommodation pages for more information.

A stunning campus to inspire you 

Times Higher Education placed us as one of the top ten most beautiful universities in the UK (2018) 


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