A-Z of the University of Roehampton

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.

Honourable mentions;

Asda

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).

Honourable mentions;

The Bop, BUCS Wednesdays

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.

The logos of the four Roehgampton Colleges. From left to right: Whitelands, Digby Stuart, Froebel and Southlands
Our four colleges at the University of Roehampton

Honourable mentions;

Careers Team, Co-op, Chickens, Crystal Palace Football Club

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.

Partial map of the District Line

Honorable mentions;

Digby CollegeΒ 

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.

A shy person reading a book
Please refrain from obstructing the stairs while reading Exit West

Honourable mention;

Elm Grove

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.

A 'Gram-worthy helping of fish 'n' chips with mushy peas
Fish and chips with mushy peas, Digby Diner

Honourable mentions;

Flat reps, Froebel College

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.

Students outside Grove House
Grove House, Froebel College

Honourable mentions;

Graduation, the Gym, Growhampton

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.Β The HiveΒ and adjacent courtyard is decorated using funky upcycled materials. The cafe itself is made from two repurposed shipping containers!

The Hive Cafe
The Hive, Digby Stuart College

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.

Her Majesty, Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Roehampton

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.

The King's Head
The King’s Head, Roehampton

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.

University of Roehampton Library

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.

Mount Clare

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.

Bus

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.

Elm Grove Accommodation

P – Putney

Putney, on the banks of the River Thames, is the closest β€˜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.

Wandsworth Park
Wandsworth Park, Putney

Honourable mentions;

Parkstead House, PGCE

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.

Queen's Building, Southlands
Queen’s Building, Southlands College

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.

Honourable mentions;

Royal Festival Hall.

S – Sharks

Yes, sharks have been spotted from time-to-time in Froebel Lake.

We're going to need a bigger boat
Basking in the sun, Froebel College

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.

Nick Payne Tiger Shark. Photo credit: Adam Barnett

We’re proud to be a research-active university. Full details of the research undertaken can be found here.

Honourable mentions;

Southlands College (college mascot… a shark)

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.

Roehampton Buses

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.

Roehampton Men's Rugby team, 2017
Roehampton Men’s Rugby, Rosslyn Park RFC, Varsity 2017

Honourable mentions;

Volunteering

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.

Honourable mentions;

Wimbledon Bookfest, Whitelands College

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 β€˜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.

Graduates
Graduation, Royal Festival Hall

Z – Zoology

Zoology is just one of over 70 undergraduate courses taught across ten Academic Departments here at the University of Roehampton.

Departments

That’s our brief A-Z of everything Roehampton. You can find all this and more on our website, and keep up-to-date throughout the year by following us on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew Renhard says:

    Amazing Uni – I loved my time at Roehampton and it seems to be even better now πŸ™‚

  2. Jo crouch says:

    I have just realised that 30 years have passed since I started my undergraduate degree at Froebel college. Happy happy happy days…..

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