Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 251 universities in the UK and the top 302 in the UK for International outlook. Through world-class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, ours is a community that inspires individuals to succeed academically, socially and personally.

Royal Holloway’s research also remains within top 25% of all UK universities for research with 88% assessed as 4* and 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021.)

We have a central London base and a 135-acre campus, located in Egham, Surrey, 40 minutes south west of central London and just 7 miles from Heathrow airport.

We are strengthened by diversity, and welcome students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multicultural perspective within a close knit and historic campus.

The university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities we are home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law.

  • 1The Guardian University Guide 2022
  • 2Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.
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Royal Holloway is in the top 25 per cent of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).

Royal Holloway was founded in 1886 to promote the education of women

It received its charter from the University of London in 1900 and became co-educational in 1965.

The university today has around 11,580 students, who benefit from studying at a spacious, largely residential campus in Egham or at our central London base. In September 2017, the university’s flagship library and student services centre opened; the most ambitious building project since the original Founder’s Building, it places students at the heart of campus in an inspiring, 21st century setting. Students, staff and alumni chose to name the new building after the suffragette and Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison.

Royal Holloway’s world-leading researchers have committed to addressing global challenges, including the development of treatments and therapies for rare diseases, the dramatic decline of bees and protecting the UK from cyber-attacks. Many Royal Holloway academics are also advisors to policy makers and the Government on a range of issues, for example combating radicalisation and terrorism, and addressing climate change.

Number of students

  • 11,580 : No of students
  • 80% : Undergraduate students
  • 20% : Postgraduate students
  • 16% : International students

Royal Holloway’s 98,399 alumni, from 163 countries, benefit from careers advice, professional networking, access to university services and libraries as well as a range of discounts.