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Egham is a nice little town, but you have to keep in mind that it is a small town, not a city. It's about a 20 minute (or a sweaty 15) walk from RHUL, but there is a uni bus and public bus too. The high street is fairly decent (Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland, kebab, Chinese, Subway, coffee) but not for clothes shopping (go to Staines). Staines is only 5 mins away on the train, and you're near to Windsor and can walk to Virginia Waters which is beautiful. There is literally no nightlife in Egham itself, but that doesn't mean that you can't go out. You'll just spend more time at the SU or Medicine (on-campus), or at flat parties, than going out clubbing. Having said that, check Facebook and leaflets for nights out in London via coach (Ministry of Sound, Qube, Fabric etc) that are about £20 including entry and travel. Plus Windsor has a club, so it's not as if you can't go out, it just requires a bit more planning than if you were in a bigger town or city.
It is expensive, as it is a wealthy urban, residential area. Fastfood wise there is only Subway and a bit far away BK. Nonetheless, there are a couple of nice restaurants, mainly Italian and Asian. There is absolutely no shopping in Egham, however, there is some one train stop away in Staines. Public transport is great, as we have the train station a short walk away. There are always taxis available. Also, the university has its own bus system to get to the town and off campus accomodation.
Egham is a walking distance away from Virginia Waters and its lakes and gardens. Its next to Staines and Windsor which has huge shopping centres, and home to Windsor Castle. It's approx. 40 minutes from Central London making it great for the best night life and easy access! Public transport consists of RHUL'S uni bus and buses and taxis which are very efficient and very cheap! Just finished 1st year and i highly recommend Royal Holloway for its great reputation, beautiful campus, friendly atmosphere and amazing courses it has to offer!
Egham is a small town but I found I had enough to do what with the uni's Students Union, and the excellent pubs around which also do great food. There's a Tesco and Waitrose in Egham and buses/ trains to Staines where there are many more shops. London a 30 min train ride away, good for nights out, you can split a minibus back in the small hours for about £20 a head.
Royal Holloway Campus is amazing (sport facilities, campus accommodations, Starbucks, Cafes, campus store). Egham town has a Tesco, Waitrose and plenty of restaurants). Housing is not a problem around campus, you can easily find nice houses to rent with other students. 2 direct trains/hours to London Waterloo and buses to go in the close area (Windsor, staines, Virginia Waters...
Cost if living is high..gee. Food aint good either. Not many options! egham lacks soo many good facilities! such as a cinema, etc. n a shopping high street. u always gotta travel out of egham sigh. lol. such as staines or windsor.