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Empty Student Homes

Fri 10 Jul 2020

Left your student home empty? Find out your legal obligations and where you can go for support if you're struggling to pay your bills, can't collect your belongings, or need to find someone to take over your tenancy.

Housemates/Rooms Wanted

Wed 01 Jul 2020

Are you considering moving back to Egham now? Have you still not found a group you’re happy to live with? Do you want to see where everyone is advertising their spare rooms? Or maybe you need someone to take over your contract? Whatever your housing headache, our Housing Advisor has put together some guidance to help you out.

Resolving Rent Troubles

Fri 26 Jun 2020

We know that some students are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this can impact your ability to pay rent. If this is the case for you and you're struggling to afford your rent, please make sure you read this advice from our Housing Advisor which includes all you need to know regarding evictions.

Ensuring Safe House Viewings

Wed 24 Jun 2020

As your tenancies are coming to a close, estate agents and landlords have started booking viewings again. We want to make sure you know how to keep safe while a viewing is taking place in your home, or while you’re attending one.

Can I Move Into My New House Share?

Mon 22 Jun 2020

With government guidance regularly changing, and some of it far from crystal clear, you may be confused as to whether you should be moving into your new house share right now. Our Housing Advisor has put together some information to let you know where you currently stand.

Looking After Your Wellbeing Post-University

Wed 17 Jun 2020

While at university, you’re surrounded by free support services, but once you stop being a student you will have to actively look for support when you need it. If you're graduating this summer, here's a little reminder to prioritise your health and take those necessary steps to look after yourself.

Cutting Through the Current Context of the Higher Education Sector

Fri 12 Jun 2020

President Jack O'Neill and VP Education Kate Roberts take a look at the current challenges facing the Higher Education sector. They call for a reasonable approach around demanding tuition fee refunds, as they look to the government to provide the support that will allow universities to adapt and deliver, whilst protecting students from financial burden in uncertain circumstances.

The Advice Centre Still Has Your Back

Fri 12 Jun 2020

The academic year may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean our support for students stops. Our Advice Centre is still on hand to give you help with anything you may need over the next few months.

We've Got Your Back on Security Deposit Returns

Wed 10 Jun 2020

Housing contract coming to an end? Worried about getting your security deposit back? Our Advice Centre is on hand to guide you through the process and make sure you’re not stung by unfair charges.

Expecting the Unexpected: What do students need from a flexible education?

Fri 05 Jun 2020

On Tuesday 2 June, VP Education Kate Roberts presented to over 250 academic staff on the subject of flexible education and what it may mean for students. In this blog, Kate gives you an overview of the challenges and opportunities we need to consider before the University gets stuck into planning for next year.

Your Quick Guide to Flexible Education

Fri 05 Jun 2020

As you will have seen in the information released to students at the end of last week, the University is planning for a return to campus at the start of term in September. VP Education Kate Roberts sets out what this means for you and what we're doing to ensure your education and overall university experience can still thrive next year.

Council Tax: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

Thu 04 Jun 2020

If you've just received a council tax bill from Runnymede Borough Council, make sure you read this article from our Advice Centre. They've also put together FAQs to guide you through everything you need to know.

Rate Your Union: Have Your Say

Fri 29 May 2020

As members and regular users of our services, you’re best placed to tell us what we’re getting right and more importantly, where we can improve. That's why each year we run our Rate Your Union survey so that we can make decisions directly based on student feedback. Complete the survey now for your chance to win £150 cash.

Safely Collecting Your Halls Belongings

Tue 26 May 2020

Last week, the government announced that students can return to university to collect their belongings, and the University have now published clear guidance on how you can do this. Find out how to book your slot and what you need to do to ensure you do so safely and effectively.

End of Tenancy Cleaning Top Tips

Fri 22 May 2020

If you're moving out of private accommodation, it’s that time of year when our Advice Centre is usually advising you to start booking in professional cleaners for your end of tenancy clean. This year, they are telling you to start organising your own cleaning instead. Read why and check out our top tips for if you do use a cleaning service.

Looking after your Mental Health

Tue 19 May 2020

With alternative assessments in full swing, many of you may have plans for long hours of revisions or all-nighters to complete an important assignment, but please remember to look after your wellbeing too! To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we've put this article together to let you know that there is support out there for you during these difficult times.

Know Your Rights on Moves and Viewings

Wed 13 May 2020

With the announcement that estate agents and landlords can resume house moves and viewings in England from today, our Advisors have put together some guidance to ensure you know where you stand.

Digital Education Experience: Take the Survey!

Wed 06 May 2020

With the recent changes to how education is delivered, we're lobbying to ensure the best digital experience possible for all students at Royal Holloway. We can't do it without your support though so we're asking you to fill out our survey and let us know what you want and need! You could even win £100 for doing so!

Smoke & Mirrors: The HE 'Support' Package

Wed 06 May 2020

Earlier this week, the government responded to Universities UK’s proposal for investment into the sector. This proposal attempted to put forward the key challenges facing Higher Education institutions and recommended mitigating actions. So what is happening now, and what does this mean for you? SU President Jack O'Neill tells you more.

Working Well Remotely

Tue 05 May 2020

With alternative assessments now underway, VP Education Kate Roberts has put together a list of top tips for creating a good home working environment. There is also signposting to the support and services available to ensure that all students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to succeed.