University of Reading

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Student Accommodation

  • Over £100m has been invested in creating top-class student accommodation.
  • Rooms in halls cost from £101 to £178 per week.
  • Rent is all-inclusive: bills, internet costs, cleaning of communal areas and a basic level of contents insurance are all included.
  • All halls of residence and student village are situated on campus or a short distance away.
  • Halls have social committees so provide a ready-made community to help you settle in.
  • Halls are in easy distance of each other and the centre of Reading.
  • Each hall has a dedicated and experienced team of on-site staff wardens whose job it is to help you feel at home.
  • If you have any problems, you can call a 24/7 Halls Hotline.
  • Halls are safe and secure with on-site wardens, security patrols and CCTV.
  • As a rough guide, you might typically expect to spend between £100 and £200 each week.

Accommodation Costs

University of Reading

Number of university/college beds 4,950
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation* £4,150–£6,600
Typical annual cost of private accommodation* £3,400–£5,100

Living in the City

  • City Population: 115,700
  • Student Population: 17,040

Reading has 1,200 years of heritage to discover. Within the last 10 years the town has been re-vitalised and a variety of independent restaurants, bars and clubs have been established in the town centre. There is also a diverse cultural scene ranging from open air Shakespeare performances to jazz clubs. Windsor Castle, an official residence of The Queen, is under one hour away by train and bus.

Getting Around

  • The train station at Reading has high-speed links (approximately 30 minutes) to and from London Paddington that run every 8 minutes. It also has good connections to the rest of the country.
  • There are direct services to London Heathrow and London Gatwick international airports, either by coach or by train. London Heathrow is approximately 30 miles away from Reading train station and coaches have a journey time of 1 hour 20 minutes to the airport. Trains to Gatwick airport run every 60 minutes and take 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Reading has very reliable bus services around the local area.
  • There are a number of cycle routes in place around the town. Cycle parking areas are available in the town centre, although they can become very busy.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Reading has a number of restaurants offering a range of cuisines.
  • There are 3 cinemas in the area, including the Reading Film Theatre on the university’s Whiteknights campus.
  • The Hexagon is a multi-purpose arts venue with a diverse programme of comedy, dance, theatre and music.
  • There are a number of museums and galleries in the town. Additionally, the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham (30 minutes away by train) is devoted exclusively to work of the local artist. 


  • Reading F.C. is based in Reading and hosts a number of seasonal fixtures.
  • The Reading Hockey Club play in the Men’s Premier Division and Women’s Division One of the English Hockey League. 


  • Broad St Mall has a range of major high street brands.
  • The Oracle is a large indoor shopping centre with high fashion clothing, gift stores and food outlets.

Proximity to City Centre

  • The journey from the University of Reading to the city centre is approximately 20 minutes by bus or a 12 minute cycle ride.