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Families and Couples Accommodation

Families and Couples Accommodation

Accommodation for postgraduates with a family or spouse

At Royal Holloway we have a small number of properties suitable for couples and families. These properties are only available for full-time, EU and international postgraduate students in their first year of study.

Frequently asked questions

New EU and international postgraduate students can apply for accommodation for 2024/25 from 10am on 25 March 2024. Please note that you will need to have accepted your offer to study at Royal Holloway to be eligible to apply. You can find out more information on when to apply in our Allocation Policy.

There is no deadline for submitting an application for couples and families accommodation. However, we do encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we only have a limited number of properties.

You can submit an application for accommodation by visiting our online accommodation system. If you have any questions about how to submit an application, please see our helpful registration and application guide.

Please see our families and couples property document for details on what is available for the 2024/25 academic year. 

Applications are processed on a first come first served basis, with priority given to students who are new to the University.

If there are no properties available when we reach your application, you will be held on a waiting list and regular updates will be provided by email.

Only students who are registered in full-time study can apply for accommodation with the University.

Our couples and family accommodation contracts start in September, if you receive an offer of accommodation and the contract start date does not align with your course start date, please contact Student Accommodation.

If you are offered on-campus accommodation in Runnymede Hall, your utility bills will be included in the price of your rent. You will also be able to make use of the free Wi-Fi on campus.

If you are offered accommodation in Highfield Cottage, Oatlands Cottage, Standlehill or Depository Lodge, you will need to arrange for the installation of your own Wi-Fi and you will be expected to pay your utility bills. These bills are additional costs and are not included in the price of renting the property.

Full-time students are exempt from council tax, but you will need to prove your student status providing the council with your student status certificate. For further information, please see our council tax webpage.

The properties are fully furnished. If you have further questions about the appliances and furniture that will be provided, please contact our Customer Services Team.

If you accept an offer for a Runnymede property, you will not be eligible to apply for a parking permit.

Oatlands Cottage and Standelhill both have driveways and a garage that can be used to park vehicles. 

Highfield Cottage has garage, but this cannot be used for vehicles. 

Accommodation fees for Families and Couples housing can be found on our Accommodation Fees and Contract Dates web page.


If you are a UK student and need support and guidance on finding private sector housing for your family, please contact our Students' Union Advice Centre.

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