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Campus and facilities

Our 135 acre campus, named one of the most beautiful in the world by the Daily Telegraph, is a lively and friendly place to live, study and socialise. But what really sets us apart from other universities? Our strong sense of community

The impressive Founder’s Building, at the heart of our campus, is home to the famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway's spectacular collection of Victorian paintings and Lady Herringham's assortment of paintings by fellow women artists.

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!


Our campus continues to be enhanced thanks to our multi-million pound estate investment programme, which also ensures award-winning modern additions such as the Caryl Churchill Theatre, the Windsor Building and halls of residence, which sit comfortably alongside the historic buildings. Beyond the buildings, you can explore acres of surrounding woodland and open spaces full of wildlife.

When you’re a student at Royal Holloway, you’ll find all the facilities you need on campus while we continue to invest in new ones and improve the standard of what we already have. Take a look at our estate plan for our vision of a modern university that meets the needs of today's students and future generations. Upcoming new builds include a Library and Student Services Centre, a Science building and a Music and Media building.

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.



On-campus bank

The on-campus branch of Santander offers a counter service if you want to open an account or have queries. We also have cashpoints located outside our Students' Union and the Windsor Building.

Other major banks and building societies have branches nearby. 

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 at  http://www.johnsmith.co.uk/rhul .

College shop

The Union Shop is open throughout the year and offers a wide selection of groceries, frozen and chilled food, wines and beers and toiletries. It also has a Costa coffee machine so you can get your caffeine fix in the morning. The Union Shop is managed by the Students' Union.


Royal Holloway's extensive library has a stock of more than 600,000 volumes, subscribes to over 17,000 print and online journals, and has more than 800 study spaces. 

There is increasing provision of electronic resources: e-journals, databases, datasets, e-books, all of which are accessible remotely 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Library continues to improve the service it offers. It is open seven days a week, supporting a library service from 8.30am to 1.00am on Monday - Thursday and to 8pm on Friday in term-time as well as opening across the weekend. In the pre-exam period after Easter, the Bedford Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We recently invested £1.3 million in a refurbishment project to further develop library resources and facilities, and introduce innovative learning spaces. You can also access all University of London libraries including Senate House Library.  A new Library and Student Services Centre, offering flexible learning and social spaces, will be completed by autumn 2017.

Academic facilities

A number of 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.  For example, the Psychology Department is one of the very few in the UK to have a magnetic resonance scanner on site for neuroscientific research, and 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.


The Students' Union

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

There’s the main function space, the Students' Union Main Hall; hosting at least two events per week, plus three pubs and bars, each with their own identity. 

You can find out more about SURHUL venues here.

Places to eat and drink

With nine catering outlets on main campus, and a further two in Kingswood, 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.

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, visit  Faith Support.


Royal Holloway has an arrangement with Bright Horizons to provide nursery services adjacent to the main campus. Students and staff have priority on the places available.  For further information, visit our  childcare support web page.

If you have concerns regarding the financial issues relating to childcare, the Student Financial and Funding Office will be able to assist you.

Further details about childcare provision in the local area can be found at the Surrey County Council website.








See our sports facilities in action on our Alumni Sports Day



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