The main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of parkland where students can enjoy a safe, community environment. The campus is on the doorstep of Reading, a diverse and welcoming town, and is in easy reach of London and the English countryside.
Nightlife and culture
- Reading is most famous for the Reading Festival, which welcomes tens of thousands of music fans every summer.
- Watch Reading FC and the London Irish at Madejski Stadium. Reading Hockey Club plays in the Men’s Premier Division and Women’s Division One of the English Hockey League.
- Reading has a great nightlife, with clubs, gigs, live global music, salsa dancing and comedy nights across town – and a different student event every night of the week.
- The University of Reading Students' Union has its own café and bar, along with a nightclub, 3sixty.
- The Reading community has several museums and galleries, plus three cinemas – including the Reading Film Theatre on the University’s Whiteknights campus.
- Reading has nearly 5,000 rooms, including adapted rooms for students with disabilities and special requirements.
- There are a variety of room types including en suite, and both catered and self-catered options.
- Halls are all on, or within walking distance of, the university’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses.
- Standard contracts are 40 or 51 weeks, and rent prices are all-inclusive (including utilities and Wi-Fi).
- All halls have dedicated security patrols, CCTV and a 24/7 support hotline.
Accommodation costs 2020/2021
£170- £200 per week
£131- £183 per week
- Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) runs more than 160 sports clubs and societies and hundreds of volunteering projects.
- RUSU is home to a café, bar, nightclub, bookshop, food store, hairdresser, letting agent, and mail and binding shop.
- The Students’ Union has its own student-run newspaper, radio station, and online TV channel, and host events year-round.
- Student-friendly buses run from the centre of town to the Whiteknights campus at regular intervals, 24 hours a day.
- It’s a 10-minute cycle ride from Whiteknights to Reading, and there are cycle routes and parking areas all around town.
- Reading is just 22 minutes by train to London Paddington, and is also easily accessible from most other places in the UK.
- The nearest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick, with good links to both either by coach or by train.
- Students can get temporary, part-time work on campus through the university’s Campus Jobs service.
- Students can get paid research experience on Reading’s undergraduate research opportunities programme.
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