history at royal holloway(21 Posts)
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My dd did History at RoHo 2009-13 and loved it. She specialised in medieval/ early modern and had tremendous personal support from tutors. Marking of essays was excellent- constructive and thorough. Supervision of dissertation was excellent. She achieved a First and stayed to do an MA. Her best friend did more modern courses and did not experience quite the same level of personal attention. Of course contact time on such a course is limited but she was able to email profs, tutors and course leaders who usually answered promptly. We felt the degree was money well spent. RHUL has a very good reputation for History. In my view the course was broad, intellectual and challenging. At graduation we met her prof who clearly knew her and valued her.
Best friend did do History at RoHo and had a very positive experience - would just say my DD had an amazing one! My DD says library is currently under funded but points out she had access to plenty of on line resources as well as Senate House and British Library and National Archives at Kew. All part of a great experience. She says she would do it all over again if she could. Yes, there's a new library on the way. She lived out in years 2 and 3 in lovely house in Nightingale Shott; it cost£450 per month but there are cheaper options in Englefield Green. It's a place where things are happening : lots of lecturers popping up on BBC, Radio 4 etc. Not for the absolute party animal but a campus with character and a sense of belonging. 40 mins into London Waterloo. Happy to answer any further questions!
When I worked at RHUL (quite a time ago), a lot of UCAS applicants cited Founder's as one of the reasons they wanted to study at RHUL. But it was actually experienced as one of the less comfortable halls. The new accommodation is actually more appreciated by the students.
Excellent place for the Humanities, and what was attractive to a lot of applicants was that it was close to London but not in London.
My daughter was in Gowar in the first year and in Runnymede for fourth year. Founders has recently been upgraded so wifi etc is fine. It just depends what you want: the newer halls have ensuite pods which some girls really like. Founders is probably more sociable. Her friend had a turret room which he adored! Gowar and Wedderburn are in a quieter location. I think students end up liking where they are! The new rooms have double beds but they take up most of the space. My daughter used the kitchen for socialising in the evenings and also often met up with friends in Crosslands. She found that the campus did tend to empty at weekends; many students live within 50 miles and so go home . However, we live in Devon!! It took a term for her to settle; we went up to visit twice and encouraged her to stay up there and FIND friends.. All part of the uni experience. It certainly takes them out of their comfort zone but then that's what it's about. Yes,your dd will be lonely at times but she will learn to cope and she will also ind some amazing friends. By the way, if you visit you can stay on campus atThe Hub where B andB is excellent value. My husband still stays there when up in London on business or for cricket!! As a family we just loved Ro Ho - just sad that dd has finished! However, now have a dd with an MA so very proud. Stil happy to answer more questions. By the way, there are lots of international students but that is the same anywhere these days. Our local uni,Exeter, is now packed with international students. Ro Ho is close to Heathrow so very popular. Still, all part of life's rich multicultural tapestry!
£450 was rent only. But as I said that was for a really nice, clean, well-equipped modern house ( nothing like my own student days!) . There is plenty of choice around Egham, within 20 mins walk of the campus. They kept the same house for two years. Its usual to start looking for second year accomodation around Christmas/ January in the first year. Don't forget to get a student railcard so train costs will be much cheaper. Travel IS expensive - bit of a shock to us country bumpkins! My dd always got a taxi back up from the station to campus if travelling alone late at night. Security on campus itself seemed very good - she said she felt safe. Also, if your dd wants a part time job to help with finances there are lots of opportunities on the campus eg waitressing at conferences/weddings. My dd had friends who found jobs in Staines, Windsor etc. Egham has recently acquired a Waitrose!!
To get an idea of the range of rented accomodation, your best bet would be to look at the main student lets agents in Egham:New Let, Mulberrry and Egham Student lettings.They are all online. My dd is home this weekend so I'll ask her how much they spent on other bills.
Hi Mumslife- me again! dd reports that in a house of 4 they created a joint account and each put in £20 a month which covered bills. They paid upfront for TV licence and Internet connection. Hope your dd has a great time wherever she goes. Best wishes from Devon! ( today we have been re-connected with the rest of Britain, via Dawlish! )
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