Roehampton, University of


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Overall ranking: Came 66th out of 126 in the Complete University Guide for 2016.

History: The oldest of Roehampton's constituent colleges was established 170 years ago. The Roehampton Institute was created in 1975, from the merger of the four teacher training colleges. The University of Roehampton was established in 2004, following a four-year federation with the University of Surrey.

Address: South-west London campus close to leafy Richmond and Putney. The main site has three colleges on Roehampton Lane, while the Whitelands site is 10 minutes walk away.

Ambience: University of Roehampton is one of London's only campus universities. It is set in 54 acres of landscaped parkland with Grade I listed Georgian buildings alongside new state-of-the-art lecture spaces, seminar rooms, laboratories and excellent social and sports facilities. Students belong to one of the University's four colleges, creating a close-knit, intimate environment.

Who's the boss? Literary academic Professor Paul O'Prey, who has published several books and articles on writers of the 19th and 20th century, notably Graham Greene and Robert Graves and his circle, as well as translations of Spanish literature.

Prospectus: 020 8392 3232 or order and download one here.

UCAS code: R48

What you need to know

Easy to get into? 240 to 340 UCAS points are required, depending on the course. Mature students encouraged. A range of degrees across the arts, humanities, education and social and life sciences.

Vital statistics: Over 8,100 students of whom around 25% are postgraduates. Three quarters of students are female and the population come from around 130 countries.

Added value: Rated the number one university in the UK for its research in dance and biological anthropology. Pioneering student support schemes, including Money Doctors, a financial support scheme funded by the FSA which offers advice to students through podcasts, and the Graduate Mentoring Scheme, which matches students with Roehampton graduates or friends working in fields in which they are interested in pursuing a career. Students volunteer for over 30 organisations and run community programmes including MOVE, a sports-based social inclusion initiative that aims to engage and support young people into sports and education. In 2006, the University opened the £6m Duchesne Building, an innovative space with a 150-seat lecture theatre as well as an exhibition and reception space. The building also houses Crucible, a national Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the areas of human rights, social justice and citizenship, which led to Roehampton conceiving the world’s first Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Practice Masters programme. Recently completed and opened Digby Stuart Square, a new brick paved open square in Digby Stuart College which will provide direct unobstructed access between the colleges for pedestrians. A range of student facilities and services opened this year including a media lab and newsroom, used in particular by students on media, journalism and film courses; a central information hub for all students; a new students’ union bar and revamped catering areas.

Teaching: 44nd out of 126 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 103th out of 126 with 56.3 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Rent in Roehampton's halls ranges from £105 to £135 per week, depending on whether you'd like an en-suite or a standard room. Roehampton are also offering places at Spring Mews, a brand new development in Vauxhall. The accommodation includes en-suite bathrooms, a private swimming pool, private gym, games room and soundproofed music room for residents.

Cheap to live there? For London, yes. Local private rents are around £90 to £100 per week.

Transport links: Within striking distance of central London. Take the train to Barnes, tube to Putney or Hammersmith, then the bus for Roehampton.

Fees: Two band fee structure- £8,750 per year for honours degrees and £7,500 per year for foundation degrees. £11,500 per year for international students.

Bursaries: A range of scholarships are available for UK/EU students, including a £6,000 scholarship for students entering with at least ABB (or equivalent) qualifications. Partakes in the National Scholarship Programme to offer financial support to 166 students. Several other bursaries and scholarships are available too. 

The fun stuff

Nightlife: A vibrant calendar of nightly social events at the Students' Union on campus with trips to central London, Richmond, Kingston and Hammersmith. Bars and 'bops' plus an annual ball. Popular nearby clubs include The Clapham Grand and Putney's Fez Club (every Wednesday).

Price of a pint: Prices average a less than tasty £3.65 across London, but the Students' Union can offer you tempting drinks deals.

Sporting reputation: Nearing the bottom of the league table- 98th out of 145 in the current BUCS league.

Notable societies: Cider Tasting, Steel Band, Laser Tag and Hogwarts to name but a few.

Glittering alumni: Alice Beer, television presenter; Princess Alexandra of Greece; Darren Shan, author; Alison Mowbray, silver medallist in the Athens Olympics; Matt Horan, entrepreneur and inventor of Rollasole.

Alternative prospectus: Find out more about what life's really like at Roehampton and chat to current and prospective students on The Student Room here.