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We exist for one purpose – to make student life better at Royal Holloway. That means we’ve always got your back when you need us.

Advice Centre

The transition to university is exciting, but with it comes a number of potential challenges. Leaving friends and family, sharing living space with strangers, and managing personal finances (to name a few things) can be tough – but we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

Specialising in academic and housing issues, our friendly, experienced and professional advisors can give you all the support you need on a wide range of topics. This service is independent from the University, so it's the perfect place for free and confidential advice, no matter what it is you want to talk about.

No matter whether you’re studying on campus or from home, you’ll be able to access our Advice Centre support online through email and virtual appointments.

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If you’re coming to Royal Holloway via clearing or you still need to find accommodation for the 2020/21 academic year, HouseSearch is your free portal to hundreds of local properties near Royal Holloway.

Run by your Students' Union, we want to make your house hunting process as stress-free as possible. Whether you're looking for a place in Egham, Englefield Green or further afield, we're committed to helping you find high-quality private accommodation that's the perfect fit for you.

If you have any issues with a property, you can contact our Advice Centre for free, impartial advice from our expert Housing Advisor.

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Navigating Freshers’ Festival

It can be tricky finding the right balance between work and play but it’s doable. While we will be putting on an array of events to help you enjoy the social side of university life, it’s up to you decide how involved you get. Our events are a great way to meet new people and enjoy new experiences in a safe environment, but if you’d rather stay in and watch the latest Netflix series, that’s also absolutely fine. There are no set rules and you can shape your own experience!

Freshers’ Festival isn’t all about drinking and partying either – we run loads of alcohol free events, including our Give It A Go programme, your best bet for new and exciting experiences. We’d also encourage you to go out and explore campus and the local area. The beautiful Virginia Water Lake is just down the road and you can also check out the monument to Magna Carta down in Runnymede. From riverside walks to glorious meadows, memorials and secluded spots, there’s something for everyone!

If you’re not able to make it to campus for Freshers’ Festival, don’t worry! There will still be plenty of time to explore when you arrive and we’ll do our best to introduce you to all the best spots. Remember you’ll still be able to get involved with our virtual events and become part of the amazing Royal Holloway community.

We know that adapting to student life can be challenging. There may be moments when you feel overwhelmed, but you won’t be going through this alone. You can find help using our online resources or if you want to speak to someone, our Advice Centre is on hand to offer you free and impartial advice. Alternatively, you can also have a chat with the University’s Student Services. You can also find out more information about the start to university life by downloading ‘Welcome to Royal Holloway’ from the App Store or Google Play.

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