Campus and facilities
Our beautiful 135-acre campus is a vibrant and friendly place to live, study and socialise.
The impressive Founder’s Building, at the heart of our campus, is home to the famous Picture Gallery containing a spectacular 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 showcasing our pioneering history, we continue to enhance our campus with a multi-million pound estate investment programme. Take a look at our Estate Plan to see our exciting current developments or take a Virtual Tour of our campus.
Royal Holloway's extensive library has a stock of more than 600,000 volumes and subscribes to over 17,000 print and online journals.
The library will soon move to the Emily Wilding Davison Building, due to open in autumn 2017. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you'll have plenty of space to learn with 1,150 study seats and different zones for silent and collaborative work.
Our Victorian reading room, in the Founder's Building, will remain as a study space.
PC labs containing a wide range of software applications are available within the Computer Centre and around campus, most of which are accessible 24 hours a day. There is a wireless network which enables access throughout most of the College.
Each academic department has its own facilities. The Psychology Department is one of the very few in the UK to have a magnetic resonance scanner on site for neuroscientific research, while the Department of Earth Sciences has an impressive 3D visualisation facility and IT laboratories, enabling students to view satellite imagery and seismic data in 3D.
Currently located in the Founder's Building, our on-campus branch of Santander offers a counter service if you want to open an account or have queries. We also have two cashpoints on campus.
Other major banks and building societies have branches in Egham.
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 johnsmith.co.uk/rhul
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 as well as a Costa coffee machine.
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.
You can find out more about SURHUL venues here.
Places to eat and drink
With 11 catering outlets on main campus, and a further two in Kingswood, our halls of residence just a mile away, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat. Check 'Meet, eat & drink' for an overview.
The Sports Centre, refurbished in 2013, 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 46 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.
We recently unveiled our world-class, floodlit outdoor pitches and courts. They provide all-weather playing surfaces for a wide range of sports. You can find out more about active lifestyle and sport.
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, visit Faith Support.
You can choose from a wide variety of on-campus accommodation within a few minutes’ walk of all our teaching and social facilities.This is with the exception of Kingswood Hall, which is one mile away from campus and 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, and launderettes are located across campus.
Take a look at our accommodation pages for more information.