Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

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Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

Student Union

Royal Holloway didn’t have a separate Student Union building until 1965. The first SU was located in the bungalow with an adjoining building which now houses the laundry and prayer room. The Union was the first place to sell alcohol on campus and was opened in the same year that male undergraduates were admitted to both Colleges for the first time. At Bedford there wasn’t a separate SU building but the students had their own common room and bar.


PP60/2/1/1/4/3/33 Oliver Bar at Bedford College


RHC AS/121/6 Extract from the Student Union handbook 1973-74


It wasn’t until after the merger of the two Colleges that the purpose built Union was opened, the same SU which serves the student body today. The Student Union (both the building and the organisation) continues to be the centre of student social life today, organising events and club nights for the students.


Uncatalogued, Student Union games room c.1987


RHBNCSU/Pubs/SUN/1988/1 Egham SUN [Student Union newspaper] October 1988

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) exists to make student life better at Royal Holloway and boasts a packed events calendar, represents your views on campus and provides a full advice service.

Essentially the SU is all about providing you with a range of opportunities that make your life better and ensure you have the best time possible at Royal Holloway. With 104 societies, 39 sports clubs, three leading media outlets – a TV station, radio station and student magazine, a superb 1,200 capacity venue for club nights, theatre performances and comedy shows, there‘s loads for you to get stuck into.


Summer Ball 2016

Royal Holloway’s Summer Ball is the highlight of the SU calendar. It takes place across the two quads of the stunning Founder’s Building and is attended by nearly 3,000 students. Check out the video of last year’s event.

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