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2018/19 accommodation

If you have selected Royal Holloway as your firm choice for a full-time programme in 2018/19 you can apply for accommodation for your first year of study from Wednesday 21 March 2018.

2017/18 accommodation

If you're a new undergraduate on a full-time programme in 2017/18 you can apply now for accommodation during your first year of study. 

Our accommodation guarantee

For 2018/19 accommodation, we'll guarantee you an offer of accommodation if you hold a conditional firm (CF) or unconditional firm (UF) offer and you submit an application for accommodation within the application window of Wednesday 21 March to Wednesday 6 June 2018.

For 2017/18 accommodation, we have availability in Halls to all new undergraduates.

Submitting an application

You can submit your application for accommodation via the online accommodation system. You'll need to register on the system before you can make an application.

Frequently asked questions


How is my room allocated?

For more information about the allocation process, please visit our Room Allocation webpage.

How do I choose which Hall is best for me?  

If you are struggling to decide which bands should be at the top of your preferences, take a look at our guidance below.


If you're applying for a maintenance loan from Student Finance to help cover your accommodation fees we recommend you use the Student Finance Calculator to estimate how much loan you’ll receive before you submit your application. Once you know roughly how much loan you’ll receive, you can add your preferences in order of what you can afford. 

You can view the full list of Halls of Residence fees online but if you’re looking for the cheapest accommodation options, single standard Band E, shared standard Band K, single standard Band J and shared standard Band L might be best for you.


We offer both self-catered and catered pay-as-you-go Halls at Royal Holloway. If the Hall is self-catered, this means that it comes with a shared kitchen where you can cook your own food. If the Hall is catered pay-as-you-go, you’ll have access to a pantry with a fridge and microwave so you can make drinks and snacks and you’ll buy your meals from your Hall’s dining hall (at a discounted rate). 

For a quick breakdown on which bands are catered pay-as-you-go or self-catered, please see the Halls of Residence fees information.

Our dining halls cater for a range of dietary requirements (e.g. vegan and halal). If there isn't an option on the menu, all you need to do is let the member of staff at the food counter know and they’ll cook something for you fresh.

Take a look at the food outlets available at Royal Holloway to get an idea of what’s on offer for you. To find out which dining hall is allocated to each catered pay-as-you-go Hall, please visit the Living in Halls webpages. 

Bathroom facilities

Some of our Halls offer en-suite facilities which means you’ll have access to your own toilet, sink and shower. Others have shared facilities which means that you’ll share a bathroom with other students in your flat or corridor (you may still have your own sink in your room).

For a quick breakdown on which bands have shared or en-suite bathroom facilities, please see the Halls of Residence fees information. Please be aware, en-suite rooms are often the most expensive so you might want to take a look at your budget before you finalise your preferences.

Medical priority

If you have a medical condition or disability that means you need to live in Halls of Residence, you’ll have to register with the Disability and Dyslexia Services team as well as submitting an application for accommodation before the application window closes. If you’re assessed as needing priority by our Disability and Dyslexia Services team, you’ll be allocated a room (subject to availability) based on the assessment of your needs.

For full information about the facilities of all our Halls of Residence, visit our Living in Halls webpages.

Key dates to remember

For new undergraduates joining us in September 2018, applications open from Wednesday 21 March 2018





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