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Why choose us?

Outstanding campus

Our campus is one of the world’s most beautiful| with everything you need right on your doorstep. Explore our beautiful campus using our virtual tour|.

Our teaching spaces, high-quality accommodation|, sports centre|, book shop| and cafés and bars |are all set in 135 acres of parkland and forest.

“I visited lots of universities across the country and all over London before I arrived at Royal Holloway; it was total love at first sight!”

Naomi Jane, Management

Brilliant location

While wonderfully green, our parkland campus is just 40 minutes by train from London and seven miles from Heathrow. 

This means there’s an array of visitor attractions, international sporting and entertainment venues in easy reach. Discover the top 10 things to do off campus|.

“You have the best of both worlds: a London university that’s based on a campus in the countryside but within 40 minutes you are in central London.”

Mike Perera, Management

Research excellence

We have an international reputation for research. We’re number one for international outlook and 16th in the UK for world-class research.

Our Music Department is ranked number one in the UK for research, while a further eight departments are in the top 10 – Biological Sciences, Drama, Earth Sciences, Economics, Geography, German, Media Arts and Psychology.

“I was drawn to the fact that all of the staff in both departments are practicing researchers, professionals and pioneers in their field.”

James Pidgeon, English & Drama

Individual education

Our human-scale means you’ll be treated as an individual and be known by name and not as a number. You can also customise your degree programme to match your aspirations, learning style and assessment preferences.

In the National Student Survey 2013, we achieved an 89 per cent overall satisfaction rate with teaching from our students - above the national average.

“Royal Holloway has something for everyone: it has world class facilities; top research departments; and a great mix of people from different backgrounds.” 

Michael Cheesman, Physics

International outlook

We’re number one in the UK and number five in the world for international outlook. That’s testimony to the global impact of our research, as well as the diversity of our staff and students on campus. Find out more about our international spirit.|

" Royal Holloway marries two wonderful characteristics: cosiness and vibrancy. The cosiness is induced by the relatively compact nature of the campus, giving the university a unique and very strong sense of community. 

The vibrancy is emitted by the diverse student body; brilliant minds collide on a daily basis, the result: fun, laughter, and academic grandeur.”

Jamie Moore, BSc Criminology & Sociology 

Active community

People from over 130 countries live and study here. There are more than 100 student societies|, plus regular bands and club nights. 

We also have a proud tradition of live music and performance and we’re London’s leading sports college. 

Read more about the fun you can have on campus.|

“The social life was fantastic, both on and off campus, and particularly around the sports scene.”

Tim Reeve, Ancient History

Intelligent support

We have a friendly, supportive community, with help on hand to prevent problems or resolve them swiftly. There’s a health centre, free counselling, help with finances and support for students| with additional needs.

“I have dyslexia and thanks to the Educational Support Office, I am now more comfortable with knowing people know- and actually care. I get extra time in exams and friendly emails each month from the ESO inviting me to take part in various job placements and other opportunities.” 

3rd year International Relations and Spanish student

Careers success

Our Careers Service |offers job-seeking workshops careers talks, job fairs and help with finding internships and part-time jobs.

Our Passport scheme| records your extra-curricular activities to demonstrate to future employers the skills you’ve learnt outside your degree. 

“I knew I wanted to go to a prestigious university that would help with my career.”

Bronwen Foster-Butler, European Studies


You can choose from a wide variety of  on-campus Halls accommodation| , within a few minutes walk of all the teaching and social facilities, as well as an off-campus Halls option only one mile away.

"Royal Holloway is genuinely a home away from home College."

Stuart Walker, Geography


Meet some of our academics


World ranking



Ranked 102nd in the World's top 200 universities for 2013-14 |and 12th  in the UK.


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