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    (Original post by lexiegrey)
    Hi,

    I am currently looking into what hall to choose. I want a hall that is on campus, close to the main academic buildings but most of all i want a hall that is known for having the best social/being the most liveliest.

    I am torn on what should be my first choice between Childs/Mackinder (as they are park group/en suite) or Windsor, as i have heard that the flats are the largest and the social there is really good. Was wondering if you could give a little bit more info on each of them and what would be the best choice?

    Hi,

    Park Group is the closest group of halls to the centre of campus. There are a variety of halls within Park Group like other replies have said - I lived in Stenton last year which is a Premium Ensuite, Self Catered hall and had an amazing time there (this hall is the same as Childs/ Mackinder and in the same area).

    Windsor does have larger, corridor style living with flats between 12 and 26 people. You would share bathrooms with approximately 4 other people but I had a lot of friends who lived there last year and found this not to be a problem. Living in a catered hall does mean that flats tend to eat with each other in the evenings which can create a more social feel.

    I hope this helps!

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    (Original post by lexiegrey)
    How is the food? Are there allotted times for breakfast/lunch/dinner? And did you ever find yourself having to rush around trying to get back to campus so you didn't miss any of the meal times?
    The food is good, though after a while it gets a bit tiring, but if the food gets stale there is other places you can go with your campus card like the london road campus, which serves a lot nicer food for similar prices. Though it's great that you don't have to cook, so much time you save not having to shop for food or cook anything, you just walk into one of the various food places and get what you want.
    Breakfast is from 8-11, lunch from 12-2/3 (unsure about that one) dinner from 5-7, snacks as in burgers, chips, pizza, popcorn chicken/chicken wings stay open from lunch til midnight.

    There's a lot of different places you can use your campus card too spread around campus, so the rushing is absolutely no issue, you can always decide to go somewhere closer. If you have lectures at central campus you can eat at eat at the square for example, if you have lectures at agriculture you can eat at agric. Lectures usually finish by the time dinner starts depending on your course, so you should be fine.
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    Hello,
    I would like to know if McCombie is mainly for undergraduate students? So far I see the comments for McCombie is that is provided for postgraduate students? Because I would like to live in Park group with a en-suite small bed room and McCombie is the only option?
    Thank you!!
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    (Original post by chiayi1024)
    Hello,
    I would like to know if McCombie is mainly for undergraduate students? So far I see the comments for McCombie is that is provided for postgraduate students? Because I would like to live in Park group with a en-suite small bed room and McCombie is the only option?
    Thank you!!
    No worries, I know a bunch of undergraduate students living in Mccombie, the postgraduates live mostly in Greenow. You have the same chances of living with postgrads in any other halls, so i dont think you should worry about it at all!
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    No worries, I know a bunch of undergraduate students living in Mccombie, the postgraduates live mostly in Greenow. You have the same chances of living with postgrads in any other halls, so i dont think you should worry about it at all!
    Thanks! Are they mostly first year students?
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    Thanks! Are they mostly first year students?
    Hello

    Just to clarify what has been said on this thread so far, Greenow and McCombie is open to first years to apply, with postgraduate accommodation available in Greenow house.

    McCombie will mainly be first year students, last academic year returner students were able to apply for accommodation in McCombie. If this is the case this year, then there may be some returner students but the accommodation team will always make sure that you are put with other first year students. You won't be the only first year student in your corridor so I wouldn't worry about it!

    Hope this helps you and feel free to ask any more questions!

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    Hi

    Just wondering how students based in the Sherfield/Benyon area find walking to campus? I just found out most of my lectures will probably be in the Palmer Building for first year, which is a fair distance away.

    And also, going back to halls after union nights, how do people cope?
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    (Original post by Tobikuyinu)
    Hi

    Just wondering how students based in the Sherfield/Benyon area find walking to campus? I just found out most of my lectures will probably be in the Palmer Building for first year, which is a fair distance away.

    And also, going back to halls after union nights, how do people cope?
    Hi, hope you are well!

    It's really not as bad as you think. I understand that halls being just off campus makes them sound far away but that is not the case! The walk from Sheffield/Benyon to central campus would take 10/15 minutes at most. Everything on campus is a reasonable distance away. Palmer is in the central quad on campus too which is an easy place to get to. I think the map makes things look further away than they actually are, so the distance shouldn't be a problem for you!

    Union is also located in the central part of campus too so would take you 15 minutes to walk back. I'd recommend always walking in a group coming home from union so you are not alone. However, if for any reason you get separated from your friends and feel unsafe you can call the security number which you will be given in your welcome pack. They either stay on the phone to you whilst you walk home and spot you on the many security cameras across campus. Or, they will pick you up and take you home.

    I hope this has reassured you. Safety is something the university takes very seriously and campus I think is a safe place.

    Any further questions feel free to ask!
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    Hi,

    I was wondering if you could provide any information about the studio rooms and/or one bedroom flats available at St. George's Hall? There is only one small picture of a studio room (which doesn't show much), and I cannot find any other information, descriptive or photographic. For example, what facilities are actually provided in the kitchen/kitchenette; what roughly is the layout/size of the room/flat. (Essentially I'm trying to gauge whether it would be personally worth the additional rent over).

    Also, are these rooms or this hall in general typically mainly occupied by undergraduates or postgraduates?

    Many thanks for any insight!
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    (Original post by Miken Moose)
    Hi,

    I was wondering if you could provide any information about the studio rooms and/or one bedroom flats available at St. George's Hall? There is only one small picture of a studio room (which doesn't show much), and I cannot find any other information, descriptive or photographic. For example, what facilities are actually provided in the kitchen/kitchenette; what roughly is the layout/size of the room/flat. (Essentially I'm trying to gauge whether it would be personally worth the additional rent over).

    Also, are these rooms or this hall in general typically mainly occupied by undergraduates or postgraduates?

    Many thanks for any insight!
    Hi,

    I've been having a look around the website, as you seem to have, and can find very limited information about the studio rooms and one bed flats. This is due to only small number of them being available and most people opting for standard rooms. For example, St. Georges has 26 self-contained rooms compared to 295 ensuite rooms and 107 shared bathroom rooms.

    Your best option to obtain more information about these types of rooms is to contact the accommodation team via the following email address: [email protected] or, alternatively, you can give them a call on: +44 (0)118 378 4203.

    St. Georges, in general, has a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates as do most halls of residence.

    Sorry that I couldn't provide any more information about studio and one bedroom flats but if you do have more questions about Reading and university feel free to ask!

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    (Original post by UniofReading)
    Sorry that I couldn't provide any more information about studio and one bedroom flats but if you do have more questions about Reading and university feel free to ask!
    Not at all - thank you for your prompt reply, I will get in touch with the accommodation team.
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    Hi,
    I'm looking to choose Reading as my firm choice, although I wanted to know if its possible to live in halls for the first year and if its proving too difficult for me, can I live at home for the second year, and vice versa. Thanks in advance.
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    Hi ,
    I'm an international student and hopefully would be joining Reading this September, if things play out as planned.
    I have a question on the average how much would I have to spend a week on accommodation if I stay on school accommodation versus how much I would probably spend on accommodation of I stay off campus( I'm aware bills are normally not reflected in off campus weekly billing). My lectures would hold at Henley Business School, Whiteknight campus.
    Please Note: The accommodation I have in mind is a decent ensuite room with shared kitchen.
    Thanks
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    (Original post by H_MO)
    Hi,
    I'm looking to choose Reading as my firm choice, although I wanted to know if its possible to live in halls for the first year and if its proving too difficult for me, can I live at home for the second year, and vice versa. Thanks in advance.
    Hi

    Yes of course either option is possible! If you decide to put Reading as your firm choice there is more chance for you to get your preferred choice of halls! I believe Reading prioritise halls for first years as it is important for first years to be able to settle in at the university.
    For second year many people decide to live in a house with people they choose. But if you can commute to university easily there is the option to live at home. The choice is entirely up to you. There is no set pathway for the accommodation you choose.
    Choosing halls for second year is a little bit trickier because of the prioritisation for first years. Although, you can still apply for halls for second or third year.

    Hope this information helps you and if you have any further questions feel free to ask!
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    (Original post by Ngalam)
    Hi ,
    I'm an international student and hopefully would be joining Reading this September, if things play out as planned.
    I have a question on the average how much would I have to spend a week on accommodation if I stay on school accommodation versus how much I would probably spend on accommodation of I stay off campus( I'm aware bills are normally not reflected in off campus weekly billing). My lectures would hold at Henley Business School, Whiteknight campus.
    Please Note: The accommodation I have in mind is a decent ensuite room with shared kitchen.
    Thanks
    Hi

    On campus we have a range of types of accommodation. For a standard ensuite room: the cost is around £143.50 a week at the moment. Each year it may drop or fall a little bit. However for this September that should be the cost.
    If you want a slightly bigger room with a double bed and en suite the cost is £164.64 so is slightly more expensive.
    Yes you are right the bills are included in the university accommodation.
    I will put the link in so you can see the different room types on the university website:
    https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-s...uite-room.aspx
    However, there is a bit more variance of prices for houses off campus. This is all sorted out through estate agents and the price depends on the size of house or number of people. Sorting a house out would be a bit more complicated as you would need to find enough people who needed a house too.
    At the moment I live in a house with four other people and pay around £20-£30 a month for bills. Rent as I have already said does depend on the house size and location and estate agent. The rent can range from £400-£500 a month roughly. Usually the contract is for 12 months (it is for mine).
    The rent often starts in July until the following July so you are paying throughout the summer for the accommodation regardless of whether you are living there or not.
    I know that is a lot of information to take in!
    Take a look at the website and estate agents in Reading that cater for students.

    Any further questions feel free to ask!
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    (Original post by UniofReading)
    Hi

    On campus we have a range of types of accommodation. For a standard ensuite room: the cost is around £143.50 a week at the moment. Each year it may drop or fall a little bit. However for this September that should be the cost.
    If you want a slightly bigger room with a double bed and en suite the cost is £164.64 so is slightly more expensive.
    Yes you are right the bills are included in the university accommodation.
    I will put the link in so you can see the different room types on the university website:
    https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-s...uite-room.aspx
    However, there is a bit more variance of prices for houses off campus. This is all sorted out through estate agents and the price depends on the size of house or number of people. Sorting a house out would be a bit more complicated as you would need to find enough people who needed a house too.
    At the moment I live in a house with four other people and pay around £20-£30 a month for bills. Rent as I have already said does depend on the house size and location and estate agent. The rent can range from £400-£500 a month roughly. Usually the contract is for 12 months (it is for mine).
    The rent often starts in July until the following July so you are paying throughout the summer for the accommodation regardless of whether you are living there or not.
    I know that is a lot of information to take in!
    Take a look at the website and estate agents in Reading that cater for students.

    Any further questions feel free to ask!
    Sophie
    Second year Philosophy student
    Thanks Sophie,
    I'm gratefu for the shared information. From the looks of things I would most likely stay off campus. As I for one would want a place were I can move out on short notice and one that wouldn't require me paying the 50+ rent at a go.
    Personally I'm a very spontaneous person hence might wake one morning and decide to change my accommodation, the University halls tends to lock one in for a year at least(I presume).
    Would be really glad if there are sites you could share with me that offer ensuite rooms with shared kitchen. It could be townhouses or students accommodation. I'm quite social,so not too bothered on getting along with people.
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    Hi, was just wondering what Stenton and McCombie is like for 1st year undergrad? Also, how does bringing a guest to stay round work? Cheers
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    Thanks Sophie,
    I'm gratefu for the shared information. From the looks of things I would most likely stay off campus. As I for one would want a place were I can move out on short notice and one that wouldn't require me paying the 50+ rent at a go.
    Personally I'm a very spontaneous person hence might wake one morning and decide to change my accommodation, the University halls tends to lock one in for a year at least(I presume).
    Would be really glad if there are sites you could share with me that offer ensuite rooms with shared kitchen. It could be townhouses or students accommodation. I'm quite social,so not too bothered on getting along with people.
    Hello

    University accommodation is on a contract (either 51 weeks or 40 weeks) but you only have to pay your accommodation per term rather than the total cost when you arrive - so it is paid in three installments.

    You will find that most accommodation is on a contract for the year, including private rented houses around campus, or private student accommodation - again you will be paying per month for private rented accommodation or per term for private halls. Private rented accommodation is unlikely to include an en-suite therefore you are better off (if you would like an en-suite) to apply to either en-suite university accommodation or private halls.

    If you decide that the accommodation is not for you, you may find you can leave part way through the year but this will incur some cost and you often lose your deposit. You are only contracted for one year, so you can change your accommodation between your degree years if you would like that.

    Some useful websites:
    UNITE student accommodation (Kendrick Halls) http://www.unitestudents.com/reading
    I have friends living here at the moment, all the rooms are en-suite, it is sociable and you share your kitchen with about 6 people.

    Fresh student Living, Central Studios Reading http://freshstudentliving.co.uk/prop...udios-reading/

    Hope all this helps you, and any more questions feel free to ask.

    Alice
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    Hi, was just wondering what Stenton and McCombie is like for 1st year undergrad? Also, how does bringing a guest to stay round work? Cheers
    Hello

    Stenton and McCombie are both in Park Group accommodation - so near to Park bar and by the centre of campus. They are really convenient, close to laundry facilities and the reception and post collection services, and also very sociable. You are about 10 minutes from the centre of campus (for library and lecture rooms etc) and also 10-15 minutes from the gym and students union.

    I have a friend living in Stenton at the moment and she really enjoys it, here you have a premium en-suite room with a 4ft bed and en-suite shower (as apposed to wetroom in standard en-suite). You share your kitchen with between 8 and 10 people, which I think is a nice number and sociable!

    McCombie gives you a standard en-suite room (meaning the bed is slightly smaller) and you share your kitchen with between 6 and 9 people. It is very close to Windsor hall so you do a lot of the Freshers events with them, so it means you can easily socialise between other halls. There are slightly more returners (2nd and 3rd year students) in these halls, but you will always be on a corridor with other undergraduates

    In terms of having people to stay, that is fine -you just have to sign them in at reception (for fire safety) and they can stay for 3 nights. You can also sign in guests over 18 to go to the students union nightclub on Wednesday or Saturday nights with you at a cost of £5 a ticket.

    Hope this helps, and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask!

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    Hello

    Stenton and McCombie are both in Park Group accommodation - so near to Park bar and by the centre of campus. They are really convenient, close to laundry facilities and the reception and post collection services, and also very sociable. You are about 10 minutes from the centre of campus (for library and lecture rooms etc) and also 10-15 minutes from the gym and students union.

    I have a friend living in Stenton at the moment and she really enjoys it, here you have a premium en-suite room with a 4ft bed and en-suite shower (as apposed to wetroom in standard en-suite). You share your kitchen with between 8 and 10 people, which I think is a nice number and sociable!

    McCombie gives you a standard en-suite room (meaning the bed is slightly smaller) and you share your kitchen with between 6 and 9 people. It is very close to Windsor hall so you do a lot of the Freshers events with them, so it means you can easily socialise between other halls. There are slightly more returners (2nd and 3rd year students) in these halls, but you will always be on a corridor with other undergraduates

    In terms of having people to stay, that is fine -you just have to sign them in at reception (for fire safety) and they can stay for 3 nights. You can also sign in guests over 18 to go to the students union nightclub on Wednesday or Saturday nights with you at a cost of £5 a ticket.

    Hope this helps, and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask!

    Alice
    2nd Year Food Science Student
    Thanks for that info Alice, answers my questions very well Just a few more if ya don't mind, In lets say Stenton, what do the gender mixes look like on average? Also, how far is it from the town center, would i need to take a bus or would walking be fine? Thanks again
 
 
 
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