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Student Accommodation

  • All halls of residence and student village are situated on campus or a short distance away, within easy distance of each other and the centre of Reading.
  • Rent includes bills, Internet, basic contents insurance and cleaning of communal areas.
  • Halls are safe and secure with on-site wardens, security patrols and CCTV; there is a 24/7 hotline for any problems. There are also social committees who help students to settle in.

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 Here

  • City Population: 115,700
  • Student Population: 17,040
  • The University of Reading's main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland; students can enjoy a safe and beautiful environment and a community atmosphere, with everything they want on their doorstep.
  • The town of Reading is a year-round shopping destination and a great place for a night out; within easy reach are historic towns and stunning English countryside.
  • The many attractions of London just half an hour away by train.


Getting Around

  • The journey from the University of Reading to the town centre is approximately 20 minutes by bus or a 10 minute cycle ride.
  • There are a number of cycle routes in place around the town, with cycle parking areas in the town centre, although these can become very busy.
  • Reading has very reliable bus services around the local area.
  • The train station at Reading has high-speed links (approximately 30 minutes) to and from London Paddington. It also has good connections to the rest of the country.
  • The nearest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick, with good links to both either by coach or by train. London Heathrow is c.30 miles from Reading train station; coaches to Heathrow take 1 hour 20 minutes. Trains to Gatwick airport run hourly, taking 1 hour 40 minutes.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Reading has a great nightlife, with clubs, gigs and rock nights, live global music, salsa dancing and comedy nights across town – and a different student event every night of the week. The Student Union has its own café and bar, along with the award-winning nightclub, 3sixty. There are also a wide range of restaurants within Reading offering cuisines from all over the world.
  • The Hexagon is a multi-purpose arts venue with a diverse programme of comedy, dance, theatre and music. The town and local area have several museums and galleries and there are 3 cinemas, including the Reading Film Theatre on the university’s Whiteknights campus which shows a range of independent films as well as the occasional blockbuster.
  • Football can be watched at Reading F.C., while the Reading Hockey Club play in the Men’s Premier Division and Women’s Division One of the English Hockey League.