The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

4,805 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The university offers in-country pre-departure briefings and advice.
  • The university also offers a meet and greet service, a welcome programme, visa support and information on UK healthcare.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0–6.5.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • If students make Reading their first choice, firmly accept a place, and return their application for accommodation by the relevant deadline, they are guaranteed a study bedroom in university accommodation.
  • All hall accommodation is either on campus or within easy walking distance of campus, local shops, banks and social facilities, with bus routes nearby.
  • The university offers both self-catered and catered accommodation, all with Internet access. Some Halal meals are available in catered halls and packed lunches can be provided during Ramadan.
  • Accommodation contracts are available for 40 weeks, or 51 weeks including the full summer vacation. Both contracts include Christmas and Easter vacations.
  • Accommodation is available for mature students, couples and families. 

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance