Member reviews of University of Reading

  • Nimmsss's avatar by Nimmsss on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Incredible!
    University:
    Libraries are really nice, so many clubs and societies to join where people are really welcoming.
    Course:
    Excellent uni to go to!
    Location:
    Really nice and quiet city
    Accommodation:
    The overall time since I’ve been here as been great.
    Settling in:
    Settled in after a few weeks just because of homesickness
  • ewisniewska's avatar by ewisniewska on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Students are provided with opportunities to have a well rounded student experience and receive appropriate help, however, I've heard that the wait for counselling for example is quite long and not that useful after all.
    University:
    Lots of different societies, well organised student union; night- life etc.
    Course:
    As my course is a joint- honour degree there were some misscommunication in terms of timetabling, but most of it had been resolved soon enough as most of the lecturers and convenors are prompt in replying to emails.
    Location:
    Good location, close to London
    Accommodation:
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    Settling in:
    There were a lot of events provided by different socities and the university, giving freshers a lot of information, all helpful and welcoming to the uni.
  • EpicWolf101's avatar by EpicWolf101 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
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    University:
    There is always something to get involved in, day and night, with new people to meet no matter what gathering you are going to.
    Course:
    There are a number of on site clinics which are great for work experience when it comes to specialising in your chosen field of interest. The lecturers create a scaffold of support networks for students to learn and enquire throughout their stay.
    Location:
    Town is nearby along with the train station which makes it accessible to people living a distance.
    Accommodation:
    The quality is pretty standard with nothing revolutionary. En-suites are satisfactory. Location of halls varies depending on how close you are inclined to live near the uni.
    Settling in:
    It is not as big of a transition as it would seem. Everyone is friendly and in the same boat. The first day is the strangest and the busiest.
  • Wilfkenyon's avatar by Wilfkenyon on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    It's best my expectations so far I'm loving it
    University:
    It's great to be more individual and it's a completely different life.
    Course:
    I have a very free course allowing me to have a university course to my likings. It is taught over a wide range of collages giving me a range of people to meet and different researchers, lecturers and information
    Location:
    It's only a short bus journey to the city centre and the accomodation is quite close to the collages.
    Accommodation:
    I live in Bridges it is a very modern accomodation which is my preference. It has a large amount of intake but without feeling cramped at all. The rooms are very comfortable and the kitchen is spacious and provided with all the essentials.
    Settling in:
    I was welcomed very nicely by all my flat mates and the helpers from other years.
  • ayemariec's avatar by ayemariec on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Overall, quite pleasant.
    University:
    I can find stuff to do quite easily
    Course:
    Staff can be insensitive and unapproachable at times but the actual content and layout of the course is solid. If you have a passion for the topics you're learning, you'll be fine.
    Location:
    Scenic
    Accommodation:
    Expensive. Scenery is nice
    Settling in:
    Everyone's welcoming but there's clearly a lack of diversity.
  • HollyBurchett's avatar by HollyBurchett on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Good student life uni balance student bars could be cheaper and accomodation more easily available . Private accommodation is also quite expensive due to proximity to London
    University:
    All needs are catered for I just choose to often go elsewhere as there is plenty of other options in towns and supermarkets etc
    Course:
    Good structure and interesting module choices great lecturers
    Location:
    Close enough to London without the stress great town is easily accessible and central to most otter unis that friends attend making it easy to visit
    Accommodation:
    Great and affordable if with uni but not many places available with uni which left me in my freshers year with unaffordable accomodation
    Settling in:
    Course was fine but it made it more difficult living in non uni accomodation
  • 09francise's avatar by 09francise on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    Very good uni
    University:
    Uni offers a lot
    Course:
    Compulsory modules aren't as good
    Location:
    Not too big so feels safe
    Accommodation:
    Feels very safe and homely
    Settling in:
    Good flatmates and location
  • fionaapaterson's avatar by fionaapaterson on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    5 stars so far and I'm only 3 weeks in. I love uni life and have taken no time at all to adjust, make friends and start a new chapter. There's so much to do or even do nothing at all.
    University:
    Plenty of societies and events and outlets on campus to shop, eat, drink and socialise away from your accommodation, and all good value too. Life here is relaxed against the stresses of uni which makes it easier to settle. Lots of choice of sport societies and academic societies too, something is happening all the time. Union has a nightclub on campus too!
    Course:
    Right amount of contact hours and timetable well set up for independent study. Lecturers are engaging and passionate and the course is varied, with the option to choose more of your own modules, even in first year.
    Location:
    The town is slightly further away than I would like, although bus links are very good - it is not walkable in under 30 minutes. But Reading has a lot in it and the rail links are excellent.
    Accommodation:
    My accommodation is new, modern, safe and good value for money. Close to some amenities off campus and a nice walk to buildings on campus.
    Settling in:
    Easy transition and have fantastic flat mates. Room allows plenty of choice to personalise and make you feel at home and campus is easy to navigate and very friendly.
  • Joemul96's avatar by Joemul96 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Challenging but rewarding
    University:
    Campus has good facilities and a great library though shop is a bit pricey
    Course:
    Good but quality of one tutorial could be better
    Location:
    City is decent and campus is fairly close to the city
    Accommodation:
    Large clean and good layout, not too far away
    Settling in:
    I enjoy independence and moving away from home
  • cchan2269's avatar by cchan2269 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    excellent!! The campus is very beautiful. You can also get what you want in the campus.
    University:
    there is a club in university
    Course:
    Because the lecturers is very good and professional
    Location:
    It very close to london
    Accommodation:
    the room is old but still in good condition
    Settling in:
    sometimes I will still feel homesick
  • Hannahmurph3's avatar by Hannahmurph3 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    I would recommend this university to anyone. It has been the best 4 years of my life and I will be so sad when I graduate to leave such an amazing university behind!
    University:
    I have thoroughly enjoyed uni life and wouldn't change any of it.
    Course:
    I really enjoy the course because it is so interesting which makes you motivated to learn.
    Location:
    The town has fantastic shopping and great links to other cities by train and bus.
    Accommodation:
    Accommodation is brilliant and there is something for everyone. However, Reading is quite expensive compared to other universities.
    Settling in:
    I settled in on the first day.
  • Can't remember probably Br1tt3n's avatar by Can't remember probably Br1tt3n on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    10/10 a truly superb university and course.
    University:
    Superb student union, excellent mixture of clubs in town and lots of stuff to do!
    Course:
    Sensational teaching, outstanding pastoral support all round superb department and course
    Location:
    Very close to town and local amenities. Good connection to London, Birmingham and commuting home.
    Accommodation:
    Halls were pretty disgusting
    Settling in:
    Archaeology really throws you in the deep end socially. Having to camp and live with people you've only just met. So a very easy sociable course.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    I would rate this university highly, as I think there's a nice balance between it being an academic place that takes work seriously, while also feeling like a place where you can have fun and meet new people.
    University:
    Library, union and societies all contribute to make university life enjoyable.
    Course:
    Flexible modules and all lecturers have been approachable and helpful thus far.
    Location:
    Close enough to London, without actually having that city lifestyle that I wouldn't have enjoyed as much.
    Accommodation:
    Modern and spacious. Have had some maintenance issues, but these have always been resolved quickly.
    Settling in:
    Found it difficult at first, although everyone has been friendly and that makes settling in a lot easier than it otherwise would be.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    brilliant experience, plenty of clubs and societies, easy to see friends at other uni's. Course was great fun and staff fantastic. However the content is a bit out of touch with the industry, however the work ethic is embedded from the very beginning which is why all companies in construction want reading graduates
    University:
    green uni and plenty of places to relax
    Course:
    Timetable and structure was good, feedback propt, however the course content, although good, was not relevant at all to what I do for a job in the profession
    Location:
    Easy to access to london and the town in general
    Accommodation:
    good quality halls, housing is hot and miss. HOWEVER massivly overpriced!
    Settling in:
    friendly people and pair up flats with interests
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    5 out of 5
    University:
    every facility is smooth, the services are helpful.
    Course:
    lecturers are understanding and want you to succeed.
    Location:
    Its central, just 15 mins away from everything and half an hour in car to london
    Accommodation:
    Everything is perfect apart from the price.
    Settling in:
    settled in smoothly with staff and flatmates
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing, but I know this isn't applicable to everyone and I instantly found the right friends
    University:
    Amazing Union and societies welcoming to all abilities
    Course:
    I love it!!
    Location:
    Regular buses at cheap rates
    Accommodation:
    It's clean, affordable and modern
    Settling in:
    I settled in instantly
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing
    University:
    Amazing
    Course:
    I love everything g about it
    Location:
    Love it
    Accommodation:
    Rent is expensive
    Settling in:
    Apart from the travel , emerging was fine
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Brilliant.
    University:
    Excellent gym, lovely campus, good coffee, great nightlife and brilliant town centre.
    Course:
    I love the choices of module, and thoroughly enjoy the style of teaching.
    Location:
    Not too far from town and train station. Beautiful campus. Reading is close to London.
    Accommodation:
    Decent services. Not as advertised and had silverfish.
    Settling in:
    I have always lived away from parents so am used to that. Friends and flat mates were lovely. Lecturers welcoming and nightlife amazing.
  • by Anonymous on 6th October 2015
    Overall:
    The experience so far has been good, and has allowed me to gain a lot of independence - but this does mean you don't get much help!
    University:
    Library good. Lots of clubs and societies.
    Course:
    Quality of teaching sometimes a little dull. Timetable arranged slightly inconveniently.
    Location:
    Campus about 20 minute walk away but very close to the town centre.
    Accommodation:
    Very nice room, nice location. Slightly pricey.
    Settling in:
    Student's union very involved and helpful. Lots of activities to encourage socialising.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    Coming to Reading University was a brilliant decision for me and I'd strongly recommend it- there's something for everyone.
    University:
    Reading uni has a brilliant library and a fantastic student union, which even has its own nightclub!
    Course:
    My tutors are experts in their fields and are passionate about our success on the course. They are approachable and happy to help. The course structure is varied and interesting, however some of the lectures can feel a little pointless.
    Location:
    Both university campuses are fantastic and are within walking distance to Reading town center. The town center is fantastic with so many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
    Accommodation:
    The university's accommodation is of a good standard and is all on or very near to the campus, however it can be quite costly.
    Settling in:
    I got along with everybody on my course and made some friends in the first couple of weeks, however studying at university level took a little while to get into the swing of. There is an expectation to work independently and to be pro-active with every element of the course.
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