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My daughter has been given a place at Reading through clearing and has decided to stay in halls. She has ASD and is not great with noise! She is looking at Bridges Halls, Bridges townhouse, St Georges Halls and Sherfield. She d still like a bit of the social aspect but maybe somewhere a little less noisy! Is Bridges quite manic can anyone advise? I dont want her to be totally away from all the action, but not sure she'd enjoy constant noise either.....
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Original post by NadineFree
My daughter has been given a place at Reading through clearing and has decided to stay in halls. She has ASD and is not great with noise! She is looking at Bridges Halls, Bridges townhouse, St Georges Halls and Sherfield. She d still like a bit of the social aspect but maybe somewhere a little less noisy! Is Bridges quite manic can anyone advise? I dont want her to be totally away from all the action, but not sure she'd enjoy constant noise either.....

Bridges is definitely one of the more sociable halls on campus, but it's not as loud as the ones around Park Eat for example, and it's in a quieter area of the university with nice green surroundings, so it may still offer the balance between social and not overly noisy that you're looking for. Similar with St George's, it's slightly off campus so not so noisy but still a social hall due to its layout. I don't know too much about Sherfield though...
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Original post by NadineFree
My daughter has been given a place at Reading through clearing and has decided to stay in halls. She has ASD and is not great with noise! She is looking at Bridges Halls, Bridges townhouse, St Georges Halls and Sherfield. She d still like a bit of the social aspect but maybe somewhere a little less noisy! Is Bridges quite manic can anyone advise? I dont want her to be totally away from all the action, but not sure she'd enjoy constant noise either.....


Hey @NadineFree

Firstly, huge congratulations to your daughter on getting a place, that's awesome news!

I was actually in Bridges in my first year. I'd say that it is varied, in the sense that it is away from the centre of campus so is a little less busy and crowded than the Park halls, but there is also a sense of liveliness to it too depending on where you are. You can request a quieter living option for Bridges flats whereby the team will try to place you with others who also want a quieter living choice, but you will still hear people gathering outside or in flats above/below. However, my experience may be slightly different as I was on the ground floor, with my room facing reception, which is where people tended to gather (and it was mid-pandemic, so options were very limited as to where people could actually go to socialise), so I may have heard more noise than normal due to the circumstances. I think if you were on a higher floor and had a room facing the back, noise levels would be much less!
From my experience though, it certainly wasn't 'manic' but also wasn't too 'quiet' either. I think Bridges townhouses may work out slightly quieter as they are around the back of Bridges halls and the rooms are split a bit differently, so there would be more of a divide between any noise I would assume, but I'm not sure about the option of quieter living for these and therefore it would depend on who you ended up in a flat with.

Other options are, as you mentioned, St George's and Sherfield halls are off campus (but really not far - literally like a 2 minute walk - just across the road!) and are therefore slightly quieter; I believe these also have options of quieter living flats. These are known for being quieter due to being off campus I think. And according to the website, Childs hall is a designated quiet living halls, so this may also be an alternative too.

Have you had chance to have a look at any? I think any of those options would have a reasonable balance between quiet and socialising opportunities if I'm honest, so there may be elements of preference in terms of location, layout, price, etc. that you may also want to consider to help make your decision.
Hope this helps, but if you have any other questions about any of the halls, do ask!

Good luck for the transition - we can't wait to welcome your daughter!
Skye :smile:
3rd Year Speech and Language Therapy Student
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I just recently got a clearing offer from the University of Reading, are there still accommodation rooms available at St Georges Halls?
Original post by Fahenul
I just recently got a clearing offer from the University of Reading, are there still accommodation rooms available at St Georges Halls?


Hey @Fahenul

Congratulations - that's fab news! We can't wait to welcome you soon:smile:

Your best bet is to contact the accommodation team directly, as they will have the most up to date information on what is still available and be able to help you with sorting out your application. You can email them via [email protected] or phone 0118 200 5011.
More information on how to apply for your accommodation place from Clearing and what is available can be found here.

Hope this helps and good luck with the move! Let us know if you have any other questions in the meantime.

Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student

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