Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway, University of London

Best Locations for Student Accommodation:

  • Englefield Green
  • Egham

Average rent

Rents tend to vary between £80-£230 per week depending on location.

Agency fees

Generally between £60-£230 per person

Transport

Mainline National Rail trains run by South West Train are the main transport to and from Egham. Egham station is about a 15 minute brisk walk from the campus taking the ‘back street’ route via the College back gate. It takes slightly longer by the ‘safer’ route down Egham Hill which is recommended at night due to the danger of attack in the quieter ‘back streets’.

South West Trains depart from Egham at 23, 27, 53 and 57 minutes past each hour towards London. The 23 and 53 minute past trains are fast trains via Richmond, while the 27 and 57 trains are much slower (about 20 minutes longer to Waterloo) and go via Hounslow/Kew. Following a long delay, train users in the outer Greater London area will soon be able to use prepaid ‘Oystercard’ and save money on fares like those in inner London. Despite the relatively fast train services, there isn’t a great need to commute to London unless to visit Senate House Library, a seminar in London or a day out from suburbia. Royal Holloway is somewhat insular and self-contained and there’s a chance you may never need to commute into London during your time at the College.

There is a college bus that runs throughout the day linking the station to the campus, which takes around 10 minutes and the buses are generally timed to meet the trains into and returning from London, so long as you are prepared to hop off and run for it just as the train pulls in! Tickets can be bought on board but will cost more than tickets bought ahead of time in College Reception.

There are also public buses which stop outside the main gates as well as Egham and Englefield Green and go to Staines (71/441), Windsor/Slough (71) and Heathrow Airport (71/441). From Staines eastwards buses are connected to the London bus network, on whose services Travelcards and Student Oyster cards are valid.

To find out more about public transport in London visit the following site:
www.tfl.gov.uk

Many students cycle from Egham to campus as it’s a good option and not too far!

Living In Egham

Egham is a wonderful place to live as a student and London is 40 minutes to an hour away by train, and there are usually four trains an hour. Fast trains leave at 23 and 53 past the hour, and slower ones at 27 and 57 minutes past the hour. Tickets cost about £8/£21 for a return/travel card, or £5.30/£7.80 with a railcard.

Shops

The nearest large shop is Tesco in Egham which is just a 15-20 minute walk away. Many students walk there and get a taxi or bus back, though many walk both ways too. Although the Tesco is designated a Tesco Metro, it is pretty large and has almost everything you could want!

Egham also has a number of other shops:

 – Budgens – open 24 hours a day 7 days a week – very convenient
 – Iceland, Tesco, Boots, Superdrug, 
 – General hardware/electrical shop (opposite Tesco)
 – Numerous charity shops
 – Banks – NatWest, HSBC, Barclays and Abbey
 – Some opticians
 – Lloyd’s Pharmacy
 – Restaurants, pubs and takeaways (Indian and Chinese), including several pizza places, a chip shop, and a Subway.

Popular places to eat

On campus:

 – Hub (cafe, meals and cooked-while-you-wait stir fries)
 – Founders
 – Bake ‘n’ bite (it opened in April ’08 and offers pizzas and all nice pastries)
 – Cafe Jules (serves baguettes)
 – Tapas Bar (Kingswood Halls)
 – Crosslands (has bacon or sausage rolls in the morning and baked potatoes with a variety of toppings for lunch along with a selection of biscuits, crisps and sandwiches).

In Egham and Englefield Green there are many good restaurants and takeaways, including numerous pizza places that will deliver food to campus or to students living in the local area until late at night.

Night life

There are a number of good student nights to be had and bars to visit both on and off the campus.

On campus:

 – Medicine
 – Students Union/Tommy’s
 – Crosslands
 – Stumble Inn

Near the campus (Englefield Green and Egham):

 – Monkey’s Forehead (across the road from the campus)
 – Happy Man (3 minute walk, Englefield Green)
 – Al Ma Ma Ta (was The Railway) (Egham)
 – The Crown (Egham)
 – The Red Lion (Egham)

The students union organizes various events during the week. There is usually at least one event per day, and the SU publishes a Comm card every 3 weeks which lists all events, and it can be found on their website (listed above) inside the SU’s Orbital magazine, or from the Student Union itself.

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