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Facilities

The University of Reading’s Whiteknights Campus is like a small town in itself. There are food outlets, coffee shops, student bars and a nightclub run by the Students’ Union.

We’re investing in our facilities and have upgraded our library, which has recently undergone a £40million refurbishment. This has created extra

study space and greater accessibility. Our library facilities are open 24 hours a day (except Saturday night) during term time and offers access to more than one million books, plus a fully-equipped computer suite with online access to many thousands of e-journals, academic e-books and databases.

There is also space to study if you want to escape to a quiet place.

Other facilities on campus include a branch of the Co-op supermarket, a Student Union shop selling branded university wear, a bookshop, Korean food store, hairdresser, bubble tea bar, printing service and cash machine.

There is also an on-campus service called Campus Jobs which allows students to explore part-time work options, a sports park with a state-of-the-art fitness studio and a film theatre, which shows a range of independent and art-house films.

All of these facilities are within easy reach of each other, including lecture halls and classrooms, plus there is free wi-fi across our campuses and in the halls of residence.

Student wellbeing is looked after with services including the nearby university medical practice and dental surgery, and student support centres with a helpdesk in several buildings across the campuses.

Courses & Fees

Choose the University of Reading and you'll be guided by expert lecturers who are determined to help you to succeed. Some of the world's leading academics choose to work at the University of Reading. 

Join our student community and you can learn from them, too. You'll enjoy a high quality education, delivered by staff with a real passion for their subject and backed by a range of outstanding resources.

Our flexible courses enable you to study the areas you're most passionate about, and you'll receive first-class support in helping you to identify your career goals and gain the skills and experience you need to achieve them.

Our degree courses are designed to give you more choice in what you study and how you study it. We offer more than 250 courses, in arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities, and business.

Most courses have a modular structure that means you can specialise in the areas that interest you most, while still developing core subject knowledge.

Choosing between your favourite subject can be difficult, especially when you know that the career you want requires a variety of skills. A joint honours course allows you to study two subjects in detail.

At Reading, we offer a wide range of joint honours courses, carefully designed so that you study the core modules from both areas. You will be equally at home in both departments, but you will have one personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree.

Studying a joint honours course can be a great opportunity to gain new skills that are valued by employers: they broaden your mind and equip you to pursue work or further study in either area. They also show that you are adaptable, flexible and good at managing your time.

Whichever course you choose, you'll be taught by passionate academics who are leaders in their fields and whose teaching is informed by the latest research. You'll be encouraged to collaborate with experts who are working to tackle major global challenges and have opportunities to volunteer to work on real research projects so that you can develop skills to help you get noticed when you graduate.

We continually invest in our academic community, new technology and specialist facilities to keep our research at the forefront of discovery.

Classes - in addition to lectures - are taught in small seminar groups, which aim to encourage debate among students and teachers.

There are many ways to help make you more employable after you graduate, with work placements, educational field trips and study abroad programmes on offer.

We have a true international perspective at Reading, whether you want to learn a new language or access our active global alumni network, studying abroad will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Applying learning to a workplace situation makes it all real and we offer placement options to students on every course. Gain professional experience that counts towards your degree by carrying out a work placement or an internship, or by spending a year working in your chosen industry. This not only gives you valuable work experience, but boosts your confidence, too. All courses also include an element of focus on career management.

Fees and Funding

At the University of Reading, we understand that finances are an important factor in your decision about where to study.

We firmly believe that concerns about money should not be a barrier to accessing our courses and we make every effort to ensure that you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There are a range of loans and bursaries available to you.

The University offers advice and guidance through our Student Financial Support Team, and the Students’ Union has an Advice Service offering money and funding advice to all students.

These services are available to you whether you’re applying for support before you start at the University or managing your money while you’re here.

If you have any questions about money, don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to help you realise your potential and will support you to make that happen.

Accommodation

University accommodation at Reading is safe and secure, close to our Whiteknights and London Road campuses.

We have a variety of rooms available, so you can choose to live in an en-suite room, a traditional hall around a courtyard, or a shared flat in a modern residential block. Our rent prices are all-inclusive, meaning that your utility bills, wi-fi, communal cleaning and basic contents insurance are all included, too.

Our halls are in a great location, either on the main Whiteknights campus or within a 15-minute walk. There are nearly 5,000 student bedrooms available, with catered, self-catered, en-suite or shared bathroom options available.

Living in halls is a great way to meet people. Our halls are run as communities with a committee of students to show you around, help you settle in and arrange social events throughout the year.

We offer flexibility with a limited number of 38-week accommodation contracts alongside our standard 40-week and 51-week contracts, and there are quieter lifestyle areas, single-gender flats and a number of adapted rooms available for students with disabilities and special requirements.

For your peace of mind, all halls have dedicated security patrols, CCTV and friendly and experienced staff wardens on hand to support your welfare while in halls. There’s also a 24-hour halls hotline to deal quickly and efficiently with any issues that may arise.

Our resident experience programme, Home at Halls, and the Students’ Union will help you settle into your hall community and meet new people. Social events are held throughout the year to make you feel right at home.

Halls are guaranteed for new full-time undergraduates who hold Reading as a firm UCAS choice, apply for accommodation by 1 August and satisfy conditions of your academic offer by 31 August of your year of entry. Applications should be made online through the accommodation pages of your personal applicant portal; the University Admissions Office will send you information on how and when to apply.

Catered halls offer a flexible meal package at the catering outlet closest to your hall or at selected outlets around campus and they also have small communal kitchenettes with a microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster, so you can still prepare drinks and snacks outside normal catering hours.

In every self-catered hall, you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen. It’s the ideal option if you want total flexibility, if you enjoy cooking or want to improve your cooking skills.

All bedrooms are furnished, as a minimum, with a bed and mattress, a desk, desk light, desk chair, set of shelves and a wardrobe. There is also a vacuum cleaner in every flat.

Some accommodation is available for families, couples and mature students.

After the first year, most students choose to move off campus into a shared, privately rented house with friends. The Students’ Union Advice Service can offer plenty of practical advice about what to look for in a private contract.

Should you choose not to live in halls, you can still access the full range of activities offered by the Students’ Union.

Our wide variety of accommodation options means that you should find something to suit you and we are always on hand to support you in the process of beginning to call Reading home.

Open Days

Our undergraduate Open Days give you the opportunity to get a real feel for the University. You can meet other students, chat to academics, attend sample lectures, join an accommodation tour or just explore our beautiful award-winning campus

If you'd like to visit the University before the next Open Day, or if you have visited us before and just want to refresh your memory of what our beautiful campus has to offer, we'd love to welcome you on one of our campus tours.

If you can’t visit us on campus for an Open Day, there are a variety of other ways to experience the University. You can take a 360 degree virtual campus tour here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/VirtualTour/

Or you can join a variety of our subjects through taster days: https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/visiting-and-open-days/taster-sessions.aspx

We also have plenty of webinars with lots of information about university in general and Reading specifically that are free to join, here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/studentrecruitment/subject-webinars.aspx

You can also chat to a current student about their experiences for studying at the University www.reading.ac.uk/chat

To discover more about visiting us, visit our website here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/visiting-and-open-days.aspx

Upcoming open days
    • Friday 12th February 2021
    • Master's Virtual Open Day
    • Postgraduate
    • find out more

Living Here

One of the best things about the University of Reading is campus life - your chance to enjoy a safe and beautiful environment and a community atmosphere, with Reading town centre on your doorstep.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming and supportive university. You can rely on help, not only with your studies but with any welfare issues you might encounter, too.

Three campuses make up the university - Whiteknights campus and London Road campus are within walking distance of Reading town centre.

Our Whiteknights campus is recognised as one of the top green spaces in the UK, as noted by its Green Flag award.

While the University is spread over a beautiful parkland site, the nearby town centre offers a mix of shops, restaurants, sports venues and bars.

For thousands of people, Reading is known for one thing: Reading Festival. This annual music festival will be within walking distance from your halls and presents a unique opportunity for Reading students.

The university has frequently teamed up with organiser Festival Republic to allow a handful of our students the chance of a lifetime to report live from the festival and interview festival-goers and talent.

Our student interns worked behind the scenes with the press team, social media bloggers and photographers, getting the opportunity to shadow the professionals and create original online content for the university’s social media channels.

Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU), is independently led by five full-time student officers voted into the office each year, it aims to provide facilities, entertainment and opportunities for students.

There are more than 150 sports clubs and societies for you to join, where you can meet like-minded people who share your interests, take part in events and learn a new skill.

You could get involved by joining the Zero-waste society for students trying to live more sustainable lives, the Drama society which regularly hosts its own plays and has even sent performances to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or you could join one of the many music societies ranging from Rock, to KPop to Electronic Music to find people similar to you. There are also plenty of academic societies to help you socialise with people studying your course.

Sport clubs range from football and rugby to snow sports and yogalates. These are just a few examples of current societies on offer.  

If none of the clubs take your fancy, students can create their own.

There are also different student media streams to get involved with including the student newspaper, TV and radio station.

Other support available to students includes a free counselling service, disability support, a financial help service for any problems you might face with student loans or budgeting your money each month, childcare and a separate support service for international students. For academic support, you’ll be allocated a tutor for any queries throughout the year. Your tutor can point you in the right direction of the services available at Reading and you can always arrange to see them.

Reading Town

Reading has a proud history of welcoming people from across the globe and, as it has grown and developed, it has become a truly vibrant and diverse community - one that’s great for socialising.

You’ll find a lively riverside bar and restaurant area, cinemas, major sports clubs and plenty of pubs, cafes and parks.

There’s loads to do in the evenings, with clubs, gigs and rock nights, live global music, salsa dancing and comedy nights. And, of course, there are a variety of student events running throughout the week.

Reading has a thriving town centre with a range of places to meet up with friends, grab a drink and a bite to eat or just hang out and relax. In addition to the usual cafe chains, there are also some alternative, pop-up options.

For all your shopping needs, The Oracle shopping centre and Broad Street Mall feature the big names in retail but there are independent shops around town, too, from vintage fashion to cult record shops. Reading has established itself as a year-round shopping destination.

Night owls are well catered for in town. As well as new and exciting venues popping up - perfect for the student population - there are plenty of restaurants and places to eat. The riverside boasts bars and, when the night is over, the 24-hour bus services will whisk you home.

There are several venues for theatre and the arts, as well as historical buildings such as the soon-to-be-restored Reading Abbey. Parks and gardens abound, such as Forbury Gardens, which hosts food and craft beer markets, fairs and concerts.

Reading is on the tour trail for many bands and comedy acts, not to mention the home-grown talent in a number of theatre and dance companies.

Football can be watched at Reading FC, while Reading Hockey Club is well regarded in both the men’s and women’s sport.

It takes around 20 minutes by bus or ten minutes to cycle from the University of Reading into the town centre, where there are cycle parking areas. There is also a reliable bus service around the town.

If you want explore further afield too, London is less than an hour away on the train - with high-speed links straight into London Paddington - and it’s also easy to get to the cities of Bristol, Bath and Cardiff. The nearest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick, both linked to Reading by coach or train. The M4, which connects London with South Wales, is just on the edge of town and easily accessible.

A well-connected town with a vibrant nightlife in its own right, Reading provides a great experience for many new students each year.

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Other Contact Details

Telephone: + 44 (0)118 987 5123

Fax: +44 (0)118 931 4404

University of Reading
Whiteknights
PO Box 217
Reading,
Berkshire
RG6 6AH,
United Kingdom

For more contact information: https://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/about-contacts.aspx

Website: https://www.reading.ac.uk/

Travel information

Term Dates

2021

Autumn Term

Monday 28 September (Monday 21 September for new students) - Friday 11 December 2020

Spring Term

Monday 11 January - Friday 26 March 2021

Summer Term

Monday 19 April - Friday 11 June 2021