Royal Holloway University of London

I toured the wonderful Royal Holloway University of London yesterday and it blew me away. Here is why:

1.It’s close to London

I live in South West London near Earl’s Court, Stamford Bridge and Clapham Junction. Royal Holloway is located in a town called Egham, about 40 minutes away. It’s situated in 135 acres of parkland in Surrey. I got the National Rail train to Egham, plugged in my laptop and 40 minutes later I was there. The university is a 15/20min walk from the station but it was a glorious day so I walked. I passed many students on the way which reassured me that this is the route the locals take!

2. It looks like Hogwarts

I was blown away by the beauty of this campus. The architecture is stunning. It’s almost impossible to walk past the founders building and not stop to take a photo.


3. Feminist Roots

Royal Holloway was founded as a women’s college. The oldest women’s college in Europe and second oldest in the world! It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886 and founded by Thomas and Jane Holloway.


4. Campus housing galore

I like to tour schools that replicate the US college environment, or what I like to call “the bubble.” This campus certainly felt like a proper campus and had great housing options. There are even rooms on the top floors of the founders building! The Victorian Dream! Most rooms are single occupancy, which means you do not have to share a bedroom or bathroom with anyone. There is a shared kitchen and living space. Meal plans are available and apparently are a very popular option.

5. Food

There is a shop on campus which I had a look around. The shop has everything you might need, from staple food, to protein bars, vegan options and even Krispy Kreme donuts! The perfect balance. There are several canteens, and dining options. Tommy’s Kitchen serves American style burgers and there are 2 pubs on campus. Plenty of coffee shops and of course Starbucks.


6. Academic Reputation

Royal Holloway is a part of the University of London group.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranked Royal Holloway 24th in the UK and the Complete University Guide 2019 ranked them 23rd. The university scored 87% in the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2018.

7. American students are welcome

I met the US team that takes care of the admissions and FAFSA processing at the university. Jon Moore, the lead on US recruitment is keen to work with us to grow the number of American students studying at Royal Holloway. I don’t blame him! This school is an absolute dream for anyone trying to have the best of both worlds in the UK. View the entry requirements, here.


8. FAFSA Loans and Scholarships

If you're a US citizen or eligible non-citizen and have accepted an offer at Royal Holloway, you may be eligible to borrow US Federal Loans. Royal Holloway participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Their federal school code is G09086. Further details on eligibility can be found the US student loans webpage.

They also have scholarships for American students!


9. Sport

Royal Holloway are one of the top sporting colleges of the University of London, with more than 80 sports teams and fantastic facilities. You can play sport competitively against other universities, keep fit, or just enjoy a game of football with your mates. They even have an American Football pitch!


10. Colossus the mascot

Last but not least, Royal Holloway University has a mascot! Not many UK schools do, so I get excited when I see one. You can read the story of Colossus, here.


More info:

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