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Shopping-streetRoyal Holloway students are spoilt for choice. Our green campus is located in the town of Egham in Surrey, but with fast connections to a variety of towns and cities, you're able to explore the area and discover lots to see and do.

If you're thinking about living off-campus or want to check out what's on in the surrounding area click on our guides below.

Egham and Englefield Green

Getting there and back

Royal Holloway is located in the village Englefield Green, which is about a 10 minute walk away from our nearest town, Egham. You can also get to Egham using our bus service

Top tips


Take a short walk to Runnymede to explore the attractive area of riverside meadows, grassland and woodland. Soak up the history of the area – King John sealed Magna Carta here in 1215 – and relax by the River Thames. 

Alternatively, cycle, run or simply explore on foot the varied 4,800 acre landscape of Windsor Great Park. Don’t be deceived by the name though as you can access the Great Park using an entrance just minutes away from Royal Holloway.

When you've finished studying, treat yourself to a meal out as Englefield Green and Egham are home to a number of independent restaurants ranging from Indian to Italian and from traditional British pub food to modern cuisine. You can also take part in one of the pub quizzes held in the local area once a week or head into Windsor for a student club night.

Another benefit of Egham is that you can stock up on the weekly shop while being close to campus. It has all the shops that Royal Holloway students need on a day-to-day basis, including supermarkets and smaller convenience stores.

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Staines has a range of chain and independent shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the nearest cinema. It's only three miles from Heathrow Airport for convenient national and international travel, as well as job opportunities.

Getting there and back 

A bus from just outside campus takes approximately 15 minutes

Direct train from Staines station to Egham station takes around five minutes

Walking distance around 35 minutes

Drive time around seven minutes

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Top tips


Two shopping centres: Two Rivers and Elmsleigh Shopping Centre

Regular farmers', arts and crafts and fruit and veg markets

10 screen Vue cinema

Thorpe Park The famous theme park is a short shuttle bus ride away from Staines town centre.Thames-side restaurants and bars


Windsor offers a range of restaurants, shops and other facilities and easy access to green space and tourist attractions like Windsor Castle and Legoland.

Getting there and backWindsor-Castle

A bus from just outside the campus takes approximately 20 minutes

Train from Windsor & Eton Riverside station to Egham station takes around 25 minutes (one change)

Walking distance across Windsor Great Park around one hour

Drive time around 20 minutes

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Top tips

Windsor Castle forms such a large part of the town you can’t miss it! If you’re interested in the history of Britain or love Wills, Kate and Prince George, it’s well worth paying the castle a visit. It’s the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

Explore the elaborately decorated state apartments, which are open to visitors throughout the year.

Whether you prefer a meal and drink in a local pub, or modern cuisine and a glass of wine in a trendy bar, Windsor offers a great choice and is popular with Royal Holloway students. After dark, there’s plenty of late-night bars and clubs offering student nights if you fancy a night on the town.

Art fans will love the Firestation Arts Centre. Located a five-minute walk away from the town centre, the venue's eclectic programme takes in mainstream and international cinema, theatre productions, gigs showcasing upcoming bands from indie to jazz, comedy and dance shows, as well as art exhibitions. 

Windsor is shopping heaven, whether you have a penchant for designer fashion, high street labels, department stores or more independent shops. All these sit side by side with smaller, specialist outlets.

Old Windsor 

Old Windsor is a village set alongside the Thames with a small number of cafes and restaurants and access to local shops.

Getting there and back 

Bus takes approximately 15 minutes

Walking distance around one hour

Drive time around ten minutes

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Virginia Water 

Leafy Virginia Water has a small selection of shops and cafés as well as access to parks, transport and Wentworth Golf Course.

Getting there and back 

Bus takes approximately 20 minutes

Direct train from Virginia Water station to Egham station takes around five minutes

Walking distance around 30 minutes

Drive time around five minutes

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Chertsey is a pretty, small town that borders the Thames and Thorpe Park, with a range of historic buildings and public spaces, shops and good transport links to Egham and London.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Chertsey station to Egham station takes about 15 minutes

Drive time around 15 minutes

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Weybridge is a pleasant small town, with a selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and green spaces, as well as easy access to a range of transport options.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Weybridge station to Egham station takes about 25 minutes

Drive time around 25 minutes

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Ascot is a prestigious area, home to the Racecourse and a small selection of shops, cafés and services.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Ascot station to Egham station takes about 15 minutes 

Drive time around 15-20 minutes

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Ashford is mostly residential with a small range of shops and cafés on the high street. Its station has three train lines running through it, including one with a direct route to Egham.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Ashford station to Egham station takes about 9 minutes

Drive time around 15 minutes

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Feltham has a good range of shops, pubs and cafés and is close to Hatton Cross tube station on the Piccadilly Line, as well as Heathrow Airport. It also has parks and a cinema.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Feltham station to Egham station takes about 12 minutes

Drive time around 19 minutes

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Bagshot is a village with a small selection of shops and facilities, with both easy access to the M3 motorway and nearby green space.

Getting there and back 

Train from Bagshot station to Egham station takes about 30 minutes

Bus time around 30 minutes

Drive time around 20 minutes

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Bracknell is a large town with a range of shops and facilities and developments underway to build futher amenities in coming years. It's home to a range of large technology firms offering employment in the area.

Getting there and back 

Direct train from Bracknell station to Egham station takes about 20 minutes

Drive time around 25 minutes

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Slough, a bustling and ethnically diverse centre offers a wide range of shops and services, with easy access to London by train and to the M4.

Getting there and back 

Bus takes approximately 45 minutes

Train from Slough station to Egham station takes about one hour 15 minutes (with one change)

Drive time around 25 minutes

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Richmond upon Thames

Getting there and back


Trains run regularly from Egham directly to Richmond upon Thames and take approximately 20 minutes.

Top tips

As the River Thames runs through the heart of Richmond, many visitors simply wander along the river taking in the picturesque view or visit London’s largest park with herds of deer and views as far as St Paul’s Cathedral. It is also a great area for grabbing a bite to eat or doing a spot of shopping. 

Twickenham Stadium, close to Richmond, is the home of England Rugby. Take in the excitement of one of the international finals, or support one of the local London rugby teams in their pursuit of the premiership title.

If you enjoyed Windsor castle and want to explore more of the UK’s history, Richmond is home to Hampton Court Palace, which was built by Cardinal Wolsey, with well-maintained state apartments, landscape gardens and a mind-boggling outdoor maze. You can also find out more about its former resident King Henry VIII and his six wives.


Getting there and back

London Eye

Trains run regularly from Egham directly to London Waterloo and take approximately 40 minutes.

Top tips

A visit to London doesn't need to be expensive. During the summer months, you are likely to find a free festival happening around the capital almost every weekend. 

London is home to the some of the largest international festivals in Europe, and hosts its own annual Thames Festival, known as Totally Thames. Local boroughs often celebrate their cultures with street parties and festivals.

While open-air festivals are a good option in the summer months, winter is a good chance to explore London's museums. London is home to some of the world's best museums and art galleries, many of which are free, where you can discover a wealth of exhibitions.

London is well-known for its West End, with theatres staging international productions and bars and clubs providing plenty of options for a night out once the performance is over.

Oxford Street or Regent Street are likely to be your first stops on a big shopping trip, but don't forget London's markets if you're looking for something really unique. Camden Lock and Spitalfields are two of the better known markets, and offer a range of clothing and crafts, as well as food and drink. Borough Market, near London Bridge, is also a great option for lunch and picking up fresh produce. 

You can also find two Westfield Shopping Centres in London, one near Shepherd's Bush and the other near the Olympic Park in Stratford.

London is one of the greenest capitals in the world, and if you fancy escaping from the busy streets, you won't need to go far to find one of its many parks.  These offer the opportunity for enjoyment, exploration, or simply a summer picnic with friends.

Onward connections 

With 18 major railway stations surrounding London's city centre, connections are offered to practically all main cities in the UK. 

If you want to travel even further afield, the Eurostar service connects St Pancras International Station to Paris or Brussels in just over two hours. 


Getting there and back


Trains run regularly from Egham directly to Reading and take around 40 minutes.

Top tips

Music lovers should be well aware of the Reading Festival. The annual music festival, held in August, hosts some of the biggest acts on the rock and indie music scene.  

Even though it has a massive capacity of 80,000, demand is high and tickets often sell out within days of being released – so you have to be quick if you're thinking of going.

Of course, Reading Festival isn't the only place where you can enjoy live music in Reading as it's home to several venues, such as the Hexagon and the Concert Hall. You’ll be able to find an event to suit your interests, whether it’s rock music, comedy or theatre.

Meanwhile, Reading's largest shopping centre, the Oracle, is a natural starting point on any visit to the town. If you don't fancy taking on the busy streets of London, it offers a great alternative. Located directly in the town centre, it's home to 110 stores along with riverside eateries and cinema.

Onward connections

Trains run north from Reading towards the university city of Oxford, south to coastal retreats such as Bournemouth, and further west towards the beautiful south coast of Wales and cities such as Cardiff and Swansea.

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