I'd like to take my car (Land Rover) to Reading but not sure whether or not it's worth it. Are there parking facilities at the halls. If so, are these only available at a cost?
Which halls are you at?
It's not that difficult to get a permit for most halls, but getting one to be able to park on campus is ridiculously hard
It depends on which halls you are in.
As far as I know its fairly easy to get a permit for the UPP halls (Student village and St Georges) but nearly impossible for any of the university owned halls. The university policy is that first years should not have a car when living in halls. Also a permit for campus is nearly impossible to get unless you live a certain distance away from the campus and even then I have heard its over £100 for the permit for the year.
I wouldnt recommend bringing it unless you really want to. The shops are all easy to access (and if you are living in catered accomodation you only really need them for food at weekends anyway) and most things are located in the town centre which is easy to walk to.
I know someone at Reading who took a car with them, and I think they are allowed to park there, but at a cost. I am not sure of the exact cost. Why don't you give them a call?
There's no need for a car in Reading.
The buses are regular and go pretty much everywhere
Parking is a nightmare in general
Traffic is terrible, especially in the mornings
Reading Borough Coucil really, really like digging up roads
Everyone will want to skive lifts
For campus permits they are incredibly limited and decided on the basis of special needs (mobility), mature students with responsibilties for children or other carers, distance and the availability of public transport.
I have no idea where people are getting these prices from - it is £12 a year in the unlikely event of you getting one. Halls are a different animal altogether and they will all have their own rules about parking.
Ah ok I stand corrected on the price. I was told by a mate who has a car that he wouldnt even consider getting a campus parking permit because, when he went and asked in Whiteknights house, that the price was over £100 per year so I assumed he was correct. Sorry.
I took my car to Wessex and they granted me a permit, which cost £30 for the year I think. However I did have medical reasons, and parking is restricted so they might be funny about it unless you have a very good reason.
Parking on campus is probably a bit of a lost cause, you need a permit and they can be quite strict I think. Have a think about whether you really need your car - mine was mostly to get to the supermarket etc and I could have done without it if I had to, to be honest.
Almost certainly if you are living in halls you will not be allowed to bring your car with you or get any permit to park on campus unless you have genuine mobility issues.
You won't be able to park on campus but, depending on the Hall of Residence you are in, you should be able to argue a parking permit. I managed it in my first year for the Hall I was in...
If not - there are plenty of rounds all around campus that have no parking restrictions... although everyone else knows that too ;-)