Here's a list of the most frequently asked questions about your Students' Union, our venues and event nights. If you don't find an answer here to a question you have, drop us an email to Students.Union@su.rhul.ac.uk
Every student studying at Royal Holloway is a member of Royal Holloway Students' Union. The Union is a registered charity that actively represents over 9,000 students of Royal Holloway. We’re independent of the University and led by a team of four sabbatical officers, a permanent staff team and volunteers. Our mission is to make student life better at Royal Holloway.
Every student at Royal Holloway is automatically a member of Royal Holloway Students’ Union. You can opt out of this by ticking a box during the enrolment process with the University.
The Students’ Union is led by a team of annually elected sabbatical officers with the sole aim of making student life better at Royal Holloway. Students feed into the Union their ideas, opinions and views ensuring the Union is truly student-led. Behind the officer team is a permanent staff team who work to deliver the Union’s strategic plan.
The Students’ Union is funded in many different ways. Alongside receiving a grant from the University, we also generate income through trading services, memberships, and media sales. As a not-for-profit organisation this is all reinvested in services for students.
Royal Holloway Students’ Union is an independent organisation separate from the University although we do work very closely with them and they provide us with funding in the form of a block grant.
On arrival at Royal Holloway, drop in to the Windsor Building located just by Founder’s Building to pick up your College Card. Information about the card can be found here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/students/campus-life/college-card/home.aspx
Upon arriving at University, the college will send you an email containing your personal Royal Holloway email address, Campus Connect username and password. To log into the SU website, simply enter the same username and password you use for Campus Connect.
There is no cost to use the Advice Centre and the housing advice services they offer. You can book an appointment via email or in person at the Union Helpdesk.
You can see all of our opening times here: https://www.su.rhul.ac.uk/about/openhours
The Students’ Union building is located on campus. Just follow the main road and we’re on the right hand side. Our address is: The Students’ Union, Royal Holloway, Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX.
You can give the helpdesk a call on 01784 276700 any time between 9am-5pm.
If you work for the Students’ Union as a student, you get your own loyalty card which allows you 10% off food and drink at the SU. Your staff card also allows you free entry to certain SU nights. Want to be a member of staff at the Union? Keep an eye on our vacancies page where we advertise all our student staff roles.
The Students’ Union and Tommy’s Kitchen are open during summer. Tommy’s runs a reduced service over the summer period. There are no event nights outside of term time. Over the Christmas period the SU runs a reduced service and Tommy’s Kitchen is closed.
You’ll need to bring your RHUL college card and I.D. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket!
You must be 18 years old to enter the SU or Medicine on a night out with proof of age.
Pop into Medicine before 10pm to sign in your friend at the bar. They will then receive a paper slip as their ticket which they need to bring to the venue upon entry. It’s only £2 to sign a friend in, and if they have an NUS card, it’s free!
Online tickets may be transferred at the door, on the night of the event, between 10pm and 11pm. Transferals outside of this time need to be completed in person at the wristband exchange upstairs in the SU.
You cannot transfer a ticket and then come back to the event later unless you purchase an additional ticket. If transferring on the door, you will need to enter the SU once you have transferred your ticket. The person whom you are transferring your ticket to must be present.
Tickets will guarantee you entry into the venue until 11pm, after this time entry will be dependent on venue capacity until midnight – so don’t miss out!
You can purchase a ticket for the Union Bus at the cloakroom. It costs £1 in cash for RHUL students, and £2 for guests.
You simply hop aboard and tell the driver where you’d like to go, and they will take you as close to your home as possible.
If you purchase a ticket online, you still have to queue upon entry and show your college card to pick up your wristband. However, if you collect a wristband during the day from the SU helpdesk, you can then enter the venue through the back entrance which saves queuing time!
To check lost property, visit helpdesk upstairs in the SU.
The cloak room costs £1 in cash on nights out.
Yes, there is use of strobe lighting on event nights.
There is no strict dress code. You can wear jeans and trainers.
On nights out there is a minimum card charge of £5 in the SU and Medicine.
You certainly can! It’s a lot quicker, too. Remember to top up.
There is a cash machine directly outside the Students’ Union main doors, alternatively another is located outside the Windsor Building.
There is a water fountain in the Students’ Union, by the doors in Tommy’s Kitchen.
Freshers’ Festival is the first week of term where your Royal Holloway journey begins. There are tons of free events, taster sessions, and of course, nights out! It’s your chance to get involved and meet new people who are all in the same position as you.
Yes, aside from one or two nights out which are first year specific.
If you feel like you have been harassed, you can report this to a member of staff or security at the event.
You can also book an appointment at the Advice Centre located upstairs at the Students’ Union for a chat about any problems you are having.
If the event has sold out reached, you will not be able to add the tickets to your basket.
You can check out our mini-FAQ on common problems logging into the site. Alternatively you can message us on the Students’ Union Facebook page or email us at email@example.com
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The Students’ Union, Royal Holloway
Egham, TW20 0EX