University of Reading

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Very high. Normally alot of uni students on TSR complain about a certain aspect of their uni, but I have nothing to complain about. IF anything, I take my uni for granted sometimes (which I shouldn't really be doing!)

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Courses & Lectures

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 200 courses, in arts, social sciences, humanities, and business and sciences.

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 join honours course allows you to study two subjects in detail.

At Reading, we offer a wide range of join 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 join 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. Every course also includes an elements on career management.

There are more than 200 courses to choose from, in a wide range of subjects, so if you're ready to BE RED and make a difference, JOIN US.


The University of Reading 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 are upgrading our library, which is currently undergoing a £40million refurbishment. This is due for completion in 2019 and will create 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 available, 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 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 online campus jobs site where you can 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 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.

If this sounds like the kind of place you want to be. JOIN US. BE RED.

Teaching Excellence Framework Award (TEF)

TEF Silver Award

The University of Reading has been awarded Silver in the national trial of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

What do the TEF Awards mean for you?

Teaching & Research

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 focus on cutting-edge research - covering a wide range of subjects, from climate change to heart disease - not only has a real-world impact but also directly benefits your learning.

Our teaching is informed by the latest research development and innovative teaching methods. If our academics make a discovery one day, you could hear about it in the lecture theatre the next.

In fact, Reading academics are recognised for engaging students in developments from the forefront of research, scholarship and practice. And that’s just one of the reasons why we received a Silver award from the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework’s assessment panel.

Our lecturers are inspiring the next generation through their teaching, while positively influencing the world through their research.

For 30 years, Professor Matthew Almond has been sharing his enthusiasm for Chemistry at the University of Reading. He strongly believes that students and academics all benefit when working in partnership.

He says: “Ever since beginning my career at Reading, I have realised the importance of teaching. It is of equal weight to research, because it is only through high-quality teaching that you train the next generation of researchers.”

Professor Almond’s commitment to education has earned him Matthew National Teaching Fellow status, a prestigious award given in recognition of outstanding impact on the student learning experience.

“I involve undergraduates in my research as often as I can,” he says. “I think sometimes people underestimate the quality of research undergraduates are capable of. The personal interaction with students means that my work is never boring. I will start to teach individuals in their first year who make me think ‘Hmmm, they’re not really sure about this’ and then, some years on, they are high-quality research chemists. Watching that transformation over just a few years is the most rewarding aspect to teaching.”

Another lecturer having a positive impact on the world is Professor Hannah Cloke, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and Department of Meteorology.

Flooding is one of the most common and destructive natural disasters on the planet, killing thousands of people and devastating homes, businesses and livelihoods. Professor Cloke develops new techniques to improve early-warning systems in flood-prone areas, helping people to prepare for floods and, as a result, save lives.

Alongside her research, for which she won a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Impact Award, she has advised the UK government and helps to shape environmental policy across the world.

Professor Cloke’s research feeds directly into undergraduate studies at Reading. She currently teaches modules on forecasting and flooding in the UK. The university has recently provided students with opportunities to network with leading employers such as the Environment Agency, UK Met Office and Red Cross Climate Centre.

Whichever area you choose to study, the University of Reading puts students at the heart of the learning experience.

Our academics are approachable, friendly and passionate about helping you reach your full potential, and we offer a range of additional services to support in your studies.

If you’re ready to change the world, supported by our leading-edge academics. Join us. BE RED

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.

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University Life

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 was voted by the public to be one of the top ten most popular green spaces in the UK. This was out of almost 1,800 green spaces entered into the 2017 Green Flag People’s Choice Award - and we were the only university campus in the top ten.

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.

In 2017, the university once again teamed up with organiser Festival Republic to allow eight 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.

There is an active student union, voted in the top ten in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017. 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 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. These include the Harry Potter Society, the Baking Society and the Theme Park Society, where discounted tickets to theme parks are available to members.

Sport clubs range from football and rugby to clay pigeon shooting 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 is also a 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 and Peer Support is a listening service run by students at the University, who offer a friendly and confidential chat over tea and biscuits.

If this sounds like the type of university life you’re after, Join us and BE RED.

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 to , 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 many reasons why you should join us and BE RED.

Fees & 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 is 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.


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 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 who have previously lived in your halls 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, Your Halls Life, 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 have special dietary requirements, if you enjoy cooking – or if you think it’s time to study.

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 accommodation is set to ensure that, whatever you need, we can help you to move in, settle down and BE RED.

Travel information

The town centre is well within walking distance of the University’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses, and buses from the Whiteknights campus run very frequently 24 hours a day.

If you want to explore the UK or visit friends and family around the country, then Reading is in the ideal place. The town is seriously well connected, with direct trains running to major cities around the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Cardiff. London is only half an hour away by rail and services run until late into the night. Additionally, the M4 motorway, which connects London with South Wales, is on the edge of town.

Getting to and from international airports London Heathrow and London Gatwick is painless too. It takes only 40 minutes by direct Railair bus service to get from Reading train station to London Heathrow, and London Gatwick is just over an hour away by train.

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Telephone: + 44 (0)118 987 5123

Fax: +44 (0)118 931 4404

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

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