University of London
British singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, and a long line-up of well-known British journalists and BBC-profiles
Originally founded in the late 1800s as an all-women college, Royal Holloway admitted its first male students in 1945. What makes the university stand out are its strong programmes in arts and humanities (like Music, English, Creative Writing, and Psychology), its beautiful architecture (the beautiful campus, located outside London is dominated by the Founder’s Building, a Grade I listed red-brick building modelled on the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France), and its high profile partnerships with universities like Yale University, University of Toronto, and University of Hong Kong.
The characteristic Founder’s Building is home to the Picture Gallery, number 39 of The Telegraph’s “50 hidden gems”. The collection houses 77 paintings from the Victorian period – a donation to the college by its founder Thomas Holloway. The campus also features pristine sporting facilities and beautiful nature surroundings in Egham, Surrey, a short train ride outside of London.