This university was founded in 1975, when four teacher training colleges were amalgamated to form the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education. In 2004 it became Roehampton University, and it maintains a strong reputation for academic research, particularly in the somewhat opposed fields of Dance and Biological Anthropology. Postgraduate courses are a big draw, with roughly a quarter of the 9,000 students attending this university enrolled on Masters or PHDs. The uni has halls of residence, with most rooms reserved for undergrads. While central London is easy to access via train (the West End is just half an hour away), the area is leafy and suburban enough to feel like a different town. Sporty students will benefit from nearby tennis courts, golf courses, football pitches and croquet lawns. Notable past pupils include Iranian film director Samira Makhmalbaf, Labour councillor Helen Metcalfe and Heart radio DJ Toby Anstis.