What is the student life like at Reading University?

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Due to the pandemic I haven’t actually been able to visit any of the universities I’m considering so I was wondering if anyone could please tell me what the university of Reading is like and the surrounding area. I’m a bit worried it might be a bit quiet and won’t have as much to offer as other universities so if anyone can tell me if this is true that would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Due to the pandemic I haven’t actually been able to visit any of the universities I’m considering so I was wondering if anyone could please tell me what the university of Reading is like and the surrounding area. I’m a bit worried it might be a bit quiet and won’t have as much to offer as other universities so if anyone can tell me if this is true that would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Can't comment as a student, but as a resident it is a great place to live. The campus is only a 20 minute walk from town (or there is a bus) and there are lots of pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, cinemas etc.
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(Original post by ellen246)
Due to the pandemic I haven’t actually been able to visit any of the universities I’m considering so I was wondering if anyone could please tell me what the university of Reading is like and the surrounding area. I’m a bit worried it might be a bit quiet and won’t have as much to offer as other universities so if anyone can tell me if this is true that would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Hey ellen246,

Personally, I would say life at Reading Uni has the best of both worlds. Reading University is a short walk from the town centre where we have a large shopping centre and lots of good restaurants. I also think because we're a campus uni feels more like a bubble and I often find I bump into lots of people I know which can be very nice and social.

As well as that, we have. a lot of different societies. You can see the different ones here https://www.rusu.co.uk/student-activities/societies/

Hope this helps and do let me know if you have any questions!
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hey, I am currently studying at reading uni. I just started in September 2020. From my personal opinion and experience, reading uni is definitely one of the more quieter uni's. at the moment with the pandemic, theres barely any parties, motives or anything fun to do really. security are really strict here aswell, and if you get put into the quiet halls, its extremely isolating. personally i wouldnt recommend this uni if youre coming to uni expecting an amazing social experience. im abit of a party animal, and reading is very quiet in comparison to uni's my friends have gone to eg. bristol, nottingham, manchester. if you enjoy the party/sociable lifestyle, i dont believe reading is the uni to choose. coming to uni is rather strange as you'll expect people to be very friendly and say hello or even smile when walking around campus, however here at reading (and im not sure if this is the same for other uni's) people dont smile when you walk past them. everyone sticks to themselves/their flat, so if you dont get put with a good flat, you'd find it rather hard.
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(Original post by h0w32001)
hey, I am currently studying at reading uni. I just started in September 2020. From my personal opinion and experience, reading uni is definitely one of the more quieter uni's. at the moment with the pandemic, theres barely any parties, motives or anything fun to do really. security are really strict here aswell, and if you get put into the quiet halls, its extremely isolating. personally i wouldnt recommend this uni if youre coming to uni expecting an amazing social experience. im abit of a party animal, and reading is very quiet in comparison to uni's my friends have gone to eg. bristol, nottingham, manchester. if you enjoy the party/sociable lifestyle, i dont believe reading is the uni to choose. coming to uni is rather strange as you'll expect people to be very friendly and say hello or even smile when walking around campus, however here at reading (and im not sure if this is the same for other uni's) people dont smile when you walk past them. everyone sticks to themselves/their flat, so if you dont get put with a good flat, you'd find it rather hard.
Hey h0w32001

I'm really sorry to hear you've had this experience at Reading. I think everything has been really different and hard with the pandemic this year.

However during my first year last year it was very different. There was something going on every night, either at the Student Union, or at one of the clubs in town. There was always options to head out for a club night, or a quiet drink and everything in between.
I found also, if the flat you were in wasn't really your vibe there was always a chance to meet different people at one of our numerous societies. For example I made great friends at the Pole Fitness, with some amazing socials, starting at Park Bar and then moving on either to Union or onto a club in town!

This year however because of the pandemic as a University community, we have a responsibility to abide by the rules and protect ourselves and also those who live nearby. All our social lives have suffered sadly, but hopefully in the New Year and going forward things will get better!

I really hope that next year will be a lot better for you and you can unleash the party animal inside!

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(Original post by h0w32001)
hey, I am currently studying at reading uni. I just started in September 2020. From my personal opinion and experience, reading uni is definitely one of the more quieter uni's. at the moment with the pandemic, theres barely any parties, motives or anything fun to do really. security are really strict here aswell, and if you get put into the quiet halls, its extremely isolating. personally i wouldnt recommend this uni if youre coming to uni expecting an amazing social experience. im abit of a party animal, and reading is very quiet in comparison to uni's my friends have gone to eg. bristol, nottingham, manchester. if you enjoy the party/sociable lifestyle, i dont believe reading is the uni to choose. coming to uni is rather strange as you'll expect people to be very friendly and say hello or even smile when walking around campus, however here at reading (and im not sure if this is the same for other uni's) people dont smile when you walk past them. everyone sticks to themselves/their flat, so if you dont get put with a good flat, you'd find it rather hard.
Hi,

I am really sorry to hear this is how you have felt this year.

I must agree with Zoe, that during my first year I found the opposite.

There was constantly parties happening in the halls, various different club nights on every night, whether that was on the university campus or in town, there was always a party or night out happening. That's not to say that if you are not a party animal you won't fit at Reading, I for one prefer a drink with friends over clubbing or partying, or even a movie night or something that doesn't require you to drink, and I found there was loads of opportunities for me to socialise in this way too. I would definitely say that Reading has a great mix of socialising opportunities.

I also found I bumped into people on nights out or around campus and they remembered me from a different occasion and were super friendly. I think unfortunately this year people are trying to keep to themselves because of the rules on socialising and wanting to stay in their own bubble sadly.

Obviously, this year has been completely different with parties being unable to happen due to government restrictions, but I have actually found that the security team being hot on the rules really encouraging. The last thing we want as a university is to have an outbreak of COVID and because of the securities efforts and students efforts our numbers have stayed quite low.

I really hope that your university experience improves, hopefully next year we will be able to see things return to normal!

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I'm in first year and I think Reading is great, I visited loads of universities and I think Reading by far had the nicest campus, to this day theres loads of parties if you know the right people I couldn't recommend it enough
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I'm in first year and I think Reading is great, I visited loads of universities and I think Reading by far had the nicest campus, to this day theres loads of parties if you know the right people I couldn't recommend it enough
Great to hear your thoughts on Reading! The campus is stunning!

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