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Royal Holloway named UK's Most Beautiful University

  • Date25 October 2017

Royal Holloway, University of London has scooped the accolade of the UK’s Most Beautiful University following an online competition that attracted over 21,000 votes on the Holiday Lettings website. The university won with 31% of the votes.

Royal Holloway has an impressive combination of historic and modern buildings. The spectacular Grade I listed Founder’s Building, founded by entrepreneur Thomas Holloway and opened in 1886, is home to the famous Picture Gallery and a beautiful chapel.

The state-of-the-art Emily Wilding Davison Building, which was officially opened this October encompasses a library, student services centre and careers and employability services, as well as event and exhibition spaces, providing space and resources to meet the needs of students today. The modern building is striking and sensitive in design and delivers breath-taking views of the Founder’s Building, London’s skyline and Surrey’s picturesque countryside.

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Founder's Building


Stunning architecture

Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “We are proud to have been officially named the UK’s most beautiful university. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

He continued, “Thomas Holloway could have built a modest college but instead he built the magnificent Founder’s Building in stunning surroundings. Today, the university buildings and the new Davison Building continue to be a statement of the ambition we have for our students and our determination to provide them with the resources they need to find their purpose and succeed.”

Laurel Greatrix, spokesperson for, said: “We picked 14 lovely universities that showcased the beautiful variety of UK’s university campuses. We are delighted to reveal that after running our online competition for just under three weeks, Royal Holloway, University of London has been voted the UK’s Most Beautiful University. With its stunning architecture modelled on the famous Château de Chambord and 135 acres of parkland, this vibrant campus seems to have charmed voters for the win.”

“Royal Holloway, University of London will receive a certificate from to celebrate and acknowledge their win,” Laurel added.

To find out more about the historic campus at Royal Holloway visit the Our campus pages on the website.



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