Located in Founder’s, the Chapel is used for daily worship and mid-week music recitals, with services open to everyone. The Chapel is fully universal and there are three Chaplains covering the Anglican, Catholic and Free Church faiths. There is also a Muslim prayer room on campus.
The Store is open throughout the year and offers a wide selection of groceries, wines and beers as well as frozen and chilled food, toiletries, stamps, stationery, mobile phone top-up cards, birthday cards and gifts.
The shop also sells newspapers and magazines and College memorabilia. You can also purchase an array of Fairtrade products.
Public lectures, plays, concerts, campus tours and open days are held throughout the year. There are also recreational clubs and activities.
The annual Exploring Science Open Day, the Science Festival and the summer Garden Party are particular favourites with staff, their families and the local community.
We have two libraries on campus – Bedford and Founders. As well as print collections, the libraries offer a wide range of electronic resources. There are also information guides to help you use the resources and provide subject-specific guidance.
Staff can apply for a library card at either of the libraries’ enquiry desks. They can also use a number of other libraries, such as Senate House Library, and other academic libraries under the SCONUL Access scheme.
Places to eat and drink
There are plenty of places to eat and drink around campus so whatever your budget or taste, you’ll find an eatery that appeals.
Café Jules – Known for its fresh baguettes and wide selection of gourmet coffees, Café Jules is the social centre of the International Building.
It is perfect for grabbing a quick espresso between lectures or relaxing with friends over lunch.
Crosslands – Crosslands is located in our Founder’s Building and serves a variety of jacket potatoes and sandwiches at lunchtime as well as breakfast rolls in the mornings and sharer platters to go with evening drinks.
Founder's – The original dining hall, which is located on the first floor of the east wing of the Founder’s Building, was used when the College opened in 1886, and is still in use today. It is open to students, staff and visitors to the College.
Founder's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can choose from a wide selection of hot meals, pizzas, burgers and salads together with mouth-watering desserts and hot and cold drinks.
The Hub - Located in the New Halls area of campus, the Hub is a contemporary dining and social area. At lunch, you can take your pick from the Cook to Order section, Salad Bar, Hot Food counter or a hot drink and pastry or sandwich at Coffee & Cake, the Hub’s own Coffee shop.
Senior Common Room – With a wide range of snacks and hot and cold drinks available throughout the day, the SCR is an ideal place for College staff and postgraduate research students to hold an informal meeting or have a quiet chat with a colleague.
The SCR is exclusively for College staff and their guests, as well as postgraduate research students. Taught postgraduate students, undergraduates and other visitors to the College are not permitted to use the SCR unless as a guest of a member of staff.
Paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic bottles and textiles can all be recycled on campus at Royal Holloway.
You can also recycle print cartridges, batteries and photocopy toner; to find out how, contact your departmental administrator.
If you’re interested in green issues you are encouraged to join a Green Impact Team. This displays all of the various groups on campus, working to make Royal Holloway a greener and more sustainable place to live and work.