The new term is upon us and we warmly welcome our new students and staff to the Roehampton community. To help you all get to know your new home and workplace, we’ve put together a handy A-Z of all things Roehampton.
A – Alumni
Now we know some of you are only just starting your Roehampton journey, but we have some incredible former students that are out there making us proud every single day. Olivier Award-nominated star of Hamilton, Rachel John, studied Drama and English at Roehampton and is just one of our amazing alumni.
B – Barnes Station
Our nearest overground rail link. Barnes station is at the north end of Roehampton Lane, just past Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club and is served by trains connecting to Clapham Junction (9 mins, 3 stops) and London Waterloo (19 mins, 6 stops).
C – Colleges
The University of Roehampton is formed of 4 colleges: Digby Stuart College, Froebel College, Southlands College and Whitelands College. Every student is assigned to a college when they join. The four colleges compete yearly in the College Cup. It’s generally acceptable to use Harry Potter houses to explain this to your non-Roehampton friends and family.
D – District Line
Our nearest-and-dearest tube line connecting south-west London to Central London and beyond. Also, it’s air conditioned which makes it our Tube-of-choice in the warmer summer months. Putney Bridge station is the easiest connection for this tube, as the 265 bus from campus starts at the tube station.
E – Exit West
Every year at Roehampton we run an event called #RoeReads in which the author of a Booker Prize nominated novel visits campus for an insightful Q&A session. Previous visiting authors include Stephen Kelman (Pigeon English, 2011), Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, 2013) and Emma Donoghue (Room, 2010). This year, Mohsin Hamid will be discussing his 2017 book Exit West on 31 October.
Haven’t read the book? We’ve got you covered. Every student will be given a free copy of the book during the first week of term. Welcome to our book club.
F – Food on Campus
Food, glorious food. Ranging from vegan options in The Hive to classic pub grub in The Union, the food options on campus are (almost) endless. We also have an on campus pizza delivery service starting this year. All food options listed here.
G – Grove House
The much-loved neoclassical mansion was built towards the end of the 18th century, and became the home of the Froebel Educational Institute in 1921.
The building has several elegant rooms including the Portrait Room, which has been used several times by Strictly Come Dancing in their series opening show.
H – The Hive
The Hive Cafe is an ethical cafe selling a simple, seasonal and tasty menu which includes some produce coming straight from our edible campus. The Hive and adjacent courtyard is decorated using funky upcycled materials. The cafe itself is made from two repurposed shipping containers!
I – Instagram Potential
Our campus is stunning all year round, so whether you’re looking for a flowery foreground for a landscape shot or a beautiful backdrop for your OOTD; fear not, we have the spot.
J – Jacqueline Wilson
The wonderful Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the Chancellor of the University of Roehampton. The bestselling children’s author was appointed Chancellor in 2014. You may spot her walking her dog, Jackson, on campus from time-to-time.
K – The King’s Head
The King’s Head pub sits on the junction of Roehampton High Street, Danebury Avenue and Roehampton Lane. Although not a part of the University, this pub is a great spot to take visiting family for a Sunday roast.
L – The Library
We’re very proud of our library here at the University of Roehampton. It’s been open now for just over a year and was awarded both a RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018 for its architectural design.
You can book a tour of the building and our wonderful staff will be able to show you everything amazing that it has to offer.
M – Mount Clare House
There are two Grade-1 listed buildings at the University of Roehampton and Mount Clare House is one of them. The other Grade-1 building is Parkstead House on Whitelands College. We also have eleven Grade-2 listed buildings and structures at the university including a mausoleum, a war memorial and the Froebel folly bridge.
N – New bus
That’s right, we have a new Roehampton bus, free to use, running this year between Barnes station and Whitelands College. The bus will also run two services per day from Putney in the morning and back to Putney in the evening.
For the full timetable of the new bus service, click here.
O – On-campus and off-campus accommodation
At the University of Roehampton, we can offer all new students a place in halls. Whether you prefer a high-end room, or a more affordable option, we’ve got something for everyone.
There’s also a great University community in the local area, with many of our students living in the nearby Alton Estate and surrounding areas.
To find our more about both on and off campus accommodation, click here.
P – Putney
Putney, on the banks of the River Thames, is the closest ‘town’ to the University of Roehampton. Putney has an overground rail station (Putney) and two tube stations (Putney Bridge and East Putney), both on the District Line.
Fulham Football Club, of the Barclays Premier League, play their home games just across the river at Craven Cottage. Putney is also the starting line for the annual Oxford v. Cambridge Boatrace.
Nearby towns also include Richmond, Wandsworth Town, East Sheen, Kingston and Hammersmith.
Q – Queen’s Building
The academic hub of Southlands College. The building is home to the Roehampton Business School and the department of Media, Culture and Language.
R – Richmond Park
We have the largest of the Royal Parks right here on our doorstep. The Roehampton Gate to the park is a 5 minute walk from our Froebel campus. If you’re missing the green rolling hills of the countryside then Richmond Park, with it’s grazing deer and hidden gardens, is definitely the place for you.
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S – Sharks
Yes, sharks have been spotted from time-to-time in Froebel Lake.
No, the above is absolutely not true.
Recent Roehampton research into the preferred water temperatures of Tiger Sharks has helped to protect swimmers against potential attacks.
We’re proud to be a research-active university. Full details of the research undertaken can be found here.
T – Two-Six-Five
As well as our new Roehampton shuttlebus there are a number of great bus routes that pass by the university throughout the day. Make sure you download an app to check ahead of time when the next bus is arriving. Here’s our list of bus routes from the university.
U – Roehampton Students’ Union
The Roehampton Students’ Union represent the student body here at Roehampton on a number of levels. They also organise our amazing student societies, work with Growhampton and put on some of the best events in south-west London.
If you’ve not already heard, the RSU Summer Ball at Roehampton, is nothing short of legendary. We could tell you all about it, but instead you should watch this video.
V – Varsity
Every March, Roehampton and Bucks New Uni lock horns in what has become the highlight of the sporting calendar here at the University. We retained the RoeBuck Trophy in 2018 after a hard-fought draw on their turf. We’ll be looking to make it three years unbeaten on 27 March when we host the competition here in Roehampton.
For full details of all sports offered here at Roehampton, visit our Sport and Active Communites page.
W – Wellbeing
We know at times University life can be tough, and we have support in place for everyone. Our Wellbeing team are just one of the support services available. Find more information on student support at Roehampton here.
X – Xylophone
Well, not exactly Xylophone, but our community of musicians here at Roehampton.
From jazz to music theatre, opera to rap, band nights to acoustic gigs at ‘Live at the Hive’ – there are plenty of chances to get involved. Find out more here.
Y – You, our students.
Every new student, every current student and every former student make the University of Roehampton the special place it is to study.
Together, we support, encourage and challenge each other in an inclusive community that values everyone as individuals.
Z – Zoology
Zoology is just one of over 70 undergraduate courses taught across ten Academic Departments here at the University of Roehampton.