What to Expect at Roehampton: An Alumni Perspective

Hear from a recent graduate of University of Roehampton who completed a degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in 2019! Learn what it's really like living and studying in the exciting city of London. Not only does Roehampton have one of the most diverse student communities of any university in the UK, it also has a beautiful parkland campus located within walking distance of the historic royal park of Richmond. You'll get the inside scoop on student life at Roehampton in this webinar!

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The Best of Both Worlds: An Introduction to the University of Roehampton

In this presentation you'll hear from the International Officer at the University of Roehampton and learn all about why Roehampton is a great option for international students. The university is considered London's "campus university" since it's the only London university with a self contained campus. You'll be able to enjoy all the bustling capital city has to offer, while still enjoying a community, campus environment with the greenery of Richmond park nearby. This is a must watch for anyone considering studying in London!

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England is a whole new world

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I found my entire time studying abroad to be life-changing. London, England is a whole new world in itself; with a much different culture, architecture, and atmosphere than my hometown of Austin, Texas. I choose to study at the University of Roehampton in London because it is a partner university that my home institution had worked with previously and I knew our education standards were similar; so the transition would be made slightly easier. Upon arriving at the University of Roehampton I was greeted by study abroad staff who lived in London for many years, they were kind and helpful when introducing us to our new home. As a political science major, I knew I wanted to indulge myself in the British world of politics, and at the time of my arrival, I was thrown into the political arena! At the time of my arrival, the Queen had just passed and the country was going through Prime Minister changes. These events encouraged me to stay focused on my mission of attaining as much knowledge on the politics of the country. I had the privilege to visit the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and attended a debate as well as joined political activists in a March against greenhouse emissions.  Being in London was surreal to me, as the city is the epicenter of world culture, architecture, history and so much more! I knew I wanted to be involved within the city and travel to the surrounding areas to gain a better insight into England and the UK as a whole.

Throughout my time, I made many local friends who were more than happy to take me around London and to their hometowns to give me a taste of what their lives were like before moving to “London Town.” I had the chance to visit the quaint city of Bicester by train. Coming from the US, this was a new experience for me as I'm so used to driving everywhere. I must admit, I had an emotional moment on the way; I was able to sit and view the countryside. Taking this all in made me appreciate the opportunity I had been given as many people back home would and will not have the pleasure to view England's countryside, though it's something that we talked about in school and viewed on television. Another opportunity I am greatly thankful for was the opportunity to stay in the picture-perfect town of Lewes, England. When I received an extremely joyful invitation from my friend and her parents to stay with them over the break. I knew this was a special moment I would remember for the rest of my life. My entire time at their welcoming home was full of cultural exchanges, more than I had ever experienced in my life. I was introduced to marmalade, meat pies, Yorkshire puddings and so much more! We also discussed the politics of our countries and found we all share similar values and goals for the world that include inclusivity and equality. I stay in contact with my friend and her family to this day! I will forever cherish the memories and exchanges we shared, I could not have asked for a better family to invite me into their home.

I realized how much, not just the town of Lewes but the whole of the country felt like a home to me. Even in my accommodation, which was located on the ground floor of a 3 story building in a small complex on campus, I felt that I could be comfortable just as I would in my home back in the States. Though I shared a space with 3 other roommates, I befriended them and we got along so well that we had scheduled dinner nights every week. We'd cook tacos in our shared kitchen and recalled stories of our hometowns, this was made special by the fact that we were each from different countries! The exposure to different cultures like this was something I hadn't experienced before as I came from South Texas, which is predominantly Hispanic. I enjoyed our late-night talks and going to the local pub and discussed our stress levels for upcoming assignments and papers.

While at the University of Roehampton, the most noticeable difference in my education was that I only had class twice a week. This gave me a large chunk of free time during the week to complete assignments and travel. Most assignments were writing papers, which I love, and in-class discussions, in which I excel. My favorite course was my Political Philosophy class which focused on philosophers and their thoughts on politics, religion, and mankind. My professor, from Paris, was passionate about teaching and ensuring we understood the class discourse as well as our research paper, so he scheduled mandatory one-on-one meetings to ensure our readiness. We met through Zoom while I was visiting Paris and we discussed my research paper as well as places to visit in Paris. He understood the needs I had, as a study abroad student: getting accustomed to the grading system, academic practices, and of course indulging in my host country.

Though my time in London was limited, the memories are forever engrained and have become a part of who I am. The friends I made will always have a special place in my heart and I will continue to have contact with them, hoping to one day see them again; either in their home countries or in mine! I am thankful for the opportunity to study abroad and am entirely grateful to my home institution, St. Edward's University for encouraging me to explore. I couldn't have chosen a better host institution, the University of Roehampton, with its smaller campus size allowing me to meet and mingle with individuals from across the world with varying and insightful perspectives.

- Vince

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I loved being so close to so many beautiful European countries. All I had to do to get to Paris, Rome, Athens, or anywhere else, was pay anywhere from 30-200 pounds (very cheap compared to cross-continental flights) and catch whatever bus, train, or plane was cheapest!

I chose the University of Roehampton for its beautiful country landscapes and delicious meal plan. Everything I ate at Froebel college was the best thing I ever tasted.

The staff was incredibly friendly and everyone was super helpful when I didn’t understand things about the geography, culture, etc.

Just a short bus ride toward the Thames was the city of Putney which was so cute! There were markets and fruit stands and pastry shops lining the streets. Old book shops and coffee stands drew you in from miles away. It was quaint and clean and picturesque to spend a Saturday.

I’m a theater major at UCSD in America, so being in the cultural centerpoint, the New York City, of England was magical. I saw over 30 professional caliber plays and musicals. I went to ballets and operas. I got to rehearse and train in the city. It was beautiful.

- Clara

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Hi there! My name is Irene and I am a second-year student at Roehampton University in London. So far my experience here in London has been absolutely incredible; I’ve made amazing friends, travelled to thirteen new countries, and have had an experience of a lifetime– If you’re considering moving to London for university, I wouldn’t think twice!

Studying in the UK there is an excellent work-life-study balance. My education studies course at Roehampton is two days a week for 4-6 hours depending on the term/module load. This allows me to work on my days off of uni, and have plenty of time to study (and of course time to socialise, make friends etc.) I personally have really enjoyed this schedule and it has also allowed me to travel quite a bit, which is something I never could have done if I were to go to a school in the US.

Additionally, I have saved quite a bit of money by choosing to go to a UK school – an entire bachelors degree in the UK is roughly the price of one year at a state school in the US! Not to mention that a bachelors is only three years as opposed to four – saving you time and money on your education.

I choose Roehampton University because I really liked the campus; Roehampton is one of Londons only universities with a campus. Being a bit out of the hussle and bustle of the city, Roehampton is the perfect balance of city and nature. Roehampton is close to Richmond Park and there is plenty of green spaces in the area, but just one train away you’re in the center of London. I also feel that Roehampton has a great sense of community: there is a student bar with tons of fun social events, tons of societies that suit everyones’ different interests and overall just really nice people collectively.

My first year I lived in shared student accommodation. Roehampton has a large selection of accommodation, some more affordable than others, but overall really good accommodation. I lived in Chadwick Hall last year which was very very nice! I had my own room with my own bathroom and I shared a kitchen with nine other students. The kitchen was quite large and most of my flatmates were on different schedules so we had no problems with sharing. I now live in what the university considers ‘off campus student accommodation’ with two of my friends which I really enjoy and it ends up being much more cost efficient - but either way both experiences have been super enjoyable.

Overall, my experience in London has been absolutely fantastic and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

- Irene


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What inspired you to choose to study at Roehampton?

I was born and raised in the United States, in a town that I never had the chance to leave. The idea of traveling was always something that I yearned for, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do. In high school, I learned about doing my studies abroad, being able to do my studies in London gave me the chance to finally fulfill a dream while also getting a degree. When I visited London in 2015, I toured three London universities and Roehampton just felt right. As someone who never lived in another country, let alone a big city before, a campus felt like the right choice, I could be in London and still have a community right outside my door. Having a campus took away from the stress of having to find my classes, a social life, and other necessary resources, while 3000 miles away from home. The other reason I chose Roehampton was the beautiful, natural landscapes surrounding parts of the university which gave it the perfect balance between urban and natural landscapes.

What do you enjoy most about the university?

For me, the best part of university has been the independence I gained and what came with that. Living on my own, buying my own food, and just making my own decisions was an essential part of my character growth in the past two years. I am a much more confident person in so many ways and much happier and more content with what I am doing in life.

What topics have you found interesting/exciting so far?

As a photography student, the two main topics that were the most exciting for me were learning how to use film and analog cameras and having access to a ton of art theory. In both of these categories, the main reason for my interest is the fact they gave me inspiration and helped me to develop as an artist. Film photography forced me to take a hands-on approach to my work that digital photography does not always let you do, and having access to art theory of all kinds fuelled my love for learning about Art.

What is the best aspect of your degree?

The Art Theory aspect of my course has been by far the greatest part of my degree. When applying to universities I knew I did not want to just learn how to use the equipment, I also wanted to learn about all the people and things that have influenced photography as an art. Having a heavy theory-based course was very important to me and the lecturers at Roehampton have fulfilled that. Every lecturer has a very in-depth understanding of art theory, and their personal influencers all vary so there is a wide range of artists, philosophers, etc. they will recommend, and the library does contain all the books needed and more.

Can you tell me about any activities/projects/field trips you have been involved in through your degree?

Since photography is a visual medium, there is a ton of practical work that goes on into our first and second years. We take trips to museums, like the Tate and The Photographers’ Gallery. We also work outside constantly and are encouraged during practical classes like Advanced Skills to shoot on campus with different types of cameras. Lastly, as a third-year, I am lucky enough to be able to take part in a gallery exhibition in Brixton put together with the help of the university and other 3rd years called “Free Range”.

What would you like to do after you have graduated?

Currently, I am applying to master's programs and looking to continue my studies in the Fine Arts. I am also working on becoming a working artist by getting my name out as a photographer and working on a photo book that I hope to submit to different photography exhibitions and competitions. My main goal has always been to figure out how to be a working artist in some way, shape, or form, and while my journey is far from over Roehampton has been an amazing part of it.

What support have you been given as an international student?

As one could imagine moving away to university is difficult, but there is even more difficulty that comes with going a whole ocean away. Roehampton was there to help me from the beginning processes, getting my visa, enrolling, understanding UCAS, etc. Another thing I have been supported well with is the medical center and mental health counseling on campus, which is open the same way to international students as it is to UK citizens. University is stressful for anyone and I have found that Roehampton offers a wide range of support when the stress becomes too much. It is a university that is there for every student and creates unique support for everyone.

As an international student, what have you enjoyed about your time at Roehampton?

Roehampton has been an amazing time overall, the community is something that I really enjoy, even though it’s a big university, you don’t feel like a small fish in a big pond. The community is tight-knit and there are so many things to get involved in, societies to join, sports to try, there’s constantly something happening. Coming from so far away to a totally new country I was afraid I would not make friends, I was worried I would be very lonely, but at Roehampton, it almost seems impossible to not find friends. 

As someone who had never lived in a big city, let alone another country, a campus was the right choice as I could be in London and still have a community outside my door. Roehampton helped me throughout the process, from understanding UCAS and enrolling, to getting my visa. Coming from so far away I was afraid I would not make friends and would be very lonely, but at Roehampton, it almost seems impossible to not find friends.


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Exactly What I was Looking For

Roehampton University student

Why did you choose Roehampton?

Roehampton's Creative Writing course in the heart of London was exactly what I was looking for. As a university that is not too big, it was easier to make the transition. 

What made you accept Roehampton?

I accepted Roehampton as the international recruitment staff were very helpful and extremely encouraging.  

Where do you live? 

I live at one of Roehampton's off campuses accommodations, Spring Mews in Vauxhall. 

Are you glad you are at Roehampton? 

I am very happy at Roehampton. The staff are highly knowledgeable and their resources are plentiful. 

What is your favourite aspect of Roehampton?

The fact that there is an actively encouraged career office, mental health support, sports program, and massive library. Though I probably won't be able to scratch the surface during my time at Roehampton, it is reassuring to have. 

Tell me about your course? 

I am in the Creative Writing program which means that my course is about professionally applying to be creative. Creativity is a skill like any other that must be cultivated and used in a professional, disciplined way. 

What is a typical week like?

My typical week is a mixture of lectures and seminars followed by going to the large library to study. 

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The Best Choice I ever Made

Roehampton University student

Going to the University of Roehampton has been the best choice I have ever made! It has given me invaluable experiences and amazing lifelong friends. I have felt supported by Roehampton's staff every step of the way, whether it be an academic or personal problem. 

The social life at Roehampton is amazing and one of the most special parts about campus life. There is always something going on, which makes socializing so easy!

Living in London is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience as well. Public transportation is easily accessible all across London, which makes it so easy for sightseeing and traveling from different parts of London.

Overall, Roehampton is a great fit for all aspiring students. It makes every student feel at home in as big of a city like London.


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Much More Reasonable than Expected

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I am an international student studying Zoology, which is in the Department of Life Sciences at Whitelands College, a ten-minute walk from the main campus. The program explores various aspects of the animal kingdom, from cell biology and evolution to physiology and ecology. I really enjoy the practical aspect of the course. Through lectures and practicals, lecturers are able to help you shape the skills necessary in a variety of fields. Although the university is based in London, the course takes field trips to locations outside of London and to Wales. There is also an optional field course in South Africa.

I chose to apply to university in the UK on a whim. I had been studying at a community college in the US for two years, which felt like it was going nowhere. I applied to a few schools around London and ultimately chose Roehampton due to its parklands campus and proximity to Richmond Park.

I lived in the dorms for my first year where I met amazing people who became some of my best friends and housemates. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and very patiently taught me how to ride buses and trains! I now live in a house off-campus, in Putney, with a few people a lived in the dorms during my first year. Not only are the campus grounds lovely, but the university is also only a short bus ride from the neighborhoods of Putney, Barnes, and Sheen, which offer shopping as well as a variety of delicious restaurants and cafes. Plus, it’s easy to travel into Central London once you’ve got the hang of public transport!

I really feel like I have been able to build professional relationships with my tutors and lecturers, who are always more than willing to support students with research ideas, grant writing, feedback, and anything else academic. I am happy I chose Roehampton as it has provided a platform for me to develop professionally and academically. I have found the cost of university and living to be much more reasonable than expected, partly due to having a part-time job that I use to offset living expenses. One of the best things about living in London is that it is a cultural hub as well as a scientific hub. It is home to organizations such as ZSL London, the Royal Society of Biology, and many more. With help from the university, it’s easy to get involved with these organizations and many more.


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Living in London Was All I Hoped It Would Be

Roehampton University student

Why Did you choose Roehampton specifically?

I chose Roehampton because of the stellar reputation of its faculty in the Department of Dance, who are all leading scholars of dance studies. I wanted to continue my study of dance history with specialists in the field, and many of the best dance researchers in the world are at Roehampton.

Why did you want to study in London/UK?

I had never studied abroad during my undergraduate career, so the opportunity to spend an entire year in London was very appealing to me.  

What is your current occupation?

I am currently in my second year as a Ph.D. student in the History department at Columbia University, where I study 20th century U.S. cultural history, with a particular focus on dance and the performing arts.

Did you ever envision this career while studying at Roehampton? 

Yes. I knew as I was applying to Roehampton that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. after getting a Master’s. With that plan in mind, I knew that getting my Master’s degree at Roehampton would show a deep commitment to my subject since the university has an international reputation as a leading institution in my field.

Do you think your degree at Roehampton will help elevate your career? If so, how?

Certainly! It is difficult and probably not advisable to enter a Ph.D. program immediately after finishing a bachelor’s degree, since graduate school can be intense work. So, I chose to pursue a master’s degree first before committing to a five-year PhD program. Completing my Master’s in Dance History at Roehampton confirmed my interest in the subject and in continuing my education, while also signaling to prospective programs that I was serious about conducting research at the Ph.D. level. 

What was your most memorable moment at Roehampton? 

My most memorable moment was the Thanksgiving that I celebrated abroad. I lived in a flat with seven other women – one American, two from the U.K., and four from Greece. The other American and I decided to throw a full-fledged Thanksgiving celebration for our flat to give the others a taste of a true American holiday. All eight of us went grocery shopping together and crowded the kitchen for a night of cooking, eating, reflecting, and bonding. To this day, all eight of us keep in touch and have even visited each other on both sides of the pond since graduating!

What was it like living and studying in London?

Living in London was everything I’d hoped it would be. Roehampton’s area is a beautiful place to live, and the campus itself is like a park full of plants and animals. Yet, the city of London was just a short bus ride away. Sometimes, I would go and walk along the Thames in central London just to remind myself that I was living in one of the greatest cities in the world. I learned just as much from living in London – observing the culture, politics, and societal norms of another nation -- as I did from my coursework.


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