Royal Holloway is a constituent college of the University of London. Its main campus is located in Egham, Surrey, just 19 miles from the geographic center of London, and 7 miles from Heathrow airport. It first opened in 1880 as an all-women college but began accepting male students in 1945. In 1985, Royal Holloway merged with Bedford College and was officially named as the Royal Holloway and Bedford College (RHBNC).
With 150 years of history to its name, Royal Holloway is the alma mater of Botanist and environmental activist, Professor David Bellamy, award winning journalist Francis Wheen and international opera singers Susan Bullock and Dame Felicity Lott.
Today, Royal Holloway has one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey (NSS), garnering 89% in the 2013 release. The university ranked 12th in the UK, 36th in the whole of Europe and 102nd worldwide, according the 2013-14 THE World University Rankings. Royal Holloway is known internationally as a research institute, and is one of the top 25% research universities in the UK.
Royal Holloway has more than 20 different departments spanning the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, law and management. Some course offerings include:
- Biological Sciences
- Comparative Literature and Culture
- Computer Sciences
- Mathematics and Physical Sciences
- Politics and International Relations
Situated in 135 acres of parkland, Royal Holloway is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in the world. Its campus offers various services including a bank, a health center, chapel, gym, shops, bars and restaurants, performance venues and two libraries. The entire campus also has wifi connectivity.
Royal Holloway is home to a friendly, thriving community, with the student union at the forefront of student activities. They offer not just extracurricular activities through the various clubs and societies the student union monitors; there are also employment and volunteer opportunities as well as support and advice.