A sign outside the Advice Centre reading 'We're here to support you'

The transition to university is exciting, but it comes with its challenges. The good news is, we’ll be here to help you every step of the way as we run an Advice Centre that offers confidential, impartial, and independent advice.

Advice Centre

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 of the University, so it's the perfect place for free and impartial advice.

No matter whether you’re studying on campus or from home, you’ll be able to access support online through email and virtual appointments. You can also visit our Advice Centre hub on the website, giving you instant digital access to support and useful resources, or attend one of our weekly Zoom drop-in sessions.

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If you’re coming to Royal Holloway via clearing or you still need to find accommodation for the 2021/22 academic year, RHUL Studentpad is your free portal to hundreds of local properties near Royal Holloway.

Whether you’re looking for a place in Egham, Englefield Green or further afield, it’s your best bet for finding 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 to 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 be plenty of time to explore when you arrive, and we’ll introduce you to all the best spots. Remember you’ll still be able to get involved with the University’s 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 advisors will be there for you. Alternatively, you can also have a chat with the University’s Student Services Centre. You can also find out more information about the start to university life by downloading the ‘Welcome to Royal Holloway’ app from the App Store or Google Play.

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