As a postgraduate studying in central London, you might be balancing your study with work and family commitments, and may be living away from university halls. We know that your support needs will vary. But when you need it, the right help is at hand. Most postgraduates find their closest contact is with their departmental advisors and supervisors, and there are a range of other academic services on offer to help with your study. Royal Holloway is renowned for its friendly and caring community and we’ll help you to access personal support and wellbeing services to help you get the most out of your time with us.
Whatever your academic needs, the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills is there to ensure you can perform to the best of your ability. We offer a range of academic skills support, with every student having access to an interactive e-learning module for self-directed study. Each academic department runs its own subject-specific training sessions to complement your studies as well as discipline-specific training. Free lectures, workshops, drop-ins and 1:1 tutorials on a range of key academic skills are also available. Please note some of these services are only available at our Egham campus.
English Language support ahead of your study
If English isn’t your first language, we offer our Pre-sessional English Language Programme to help you adjust to studying in an unfamiliar academic setting. The Programme runs for 12, eight or four weeks, and is ideal if your IELTS score falls just below the level of English required. Please note this programme operates from our Egham campus.
There are plenty of spaces available for you to study and meet with fellow students. In our central London locations, you'll have access to senior common rooms complete with comfortable seating and kitchen equipment - great if you need somewhere to relax between teaching sessions. You can also take advantage of the fantastic study spaces available in Senate House library.
Travelling to our Egham campus
For some key events during your study, it will be essential for you to come to our Egham campus. This may include your examinations and, in some cases, enrolment. We will let you know if this is the case. Graduation is also held at our Egham campus.
However, there’s really no need to worry too much about the distance; Egham is an easy 40-minute train journey from London Waterloo and easily accessible from the M3, M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport.
But you don’t need to wait for these big moments. You're encouraged to visit Egham at any time and make use of all the main campus’ facilities, open to you as a valued member of our community. It's well worth a visit as a historic site in its own right.
Personal support and well-being
You’ll be able to make the most of the wealth of public support services offered near the London campus, including many local NHS services, religious centres and opportunities for faith support. For advice about places of worship, and links to other faith communities and support networks please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service is based at the Egham campus and the team's available in person, on the phone or over email to support you with queries. Some specialist support activities may only be able to take place in Egham, as there is limited in-person support available in our London premises, so we advise you to discuss your academic and accessibility requirements with us at the earliest opportunity.
Student counselling is available from our professionally-accredited service, and offers personal, emotional and psychological support in a confidential, nonjudgmental and friendly setting. Coaching sessions can also be arranged. All face-to-face counselling and coaching services take place in Egham but the team can offer counselling over email or by Skype. All students can also access support from London Nightline with whom we are affiliated.
Student Well-being provide all students with advice and guidance about maintaining good well-being whilst studying and are a triage point for other services. The team can offer students in London support by telephone and email and will also support you in locating local services. All our well-being services have a range of online and self-help resources available.