Campus life at the University of Reading has much to offer our 17,500 students. Contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars are centrally located on one of the most attractive university campuses in the UK.
All this is just a short walk or ride from the centre of Reading with its lively mix of culture, nightlife, shops and eating-places. For those preferring country pursuits, the Chiltern Hills and the River Thames are close by. Excellent transport links put Oxford, London and Heathrow within easy reach.
Our main Whiteknights site is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland. This is the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community. With its green open spaces, lake, rare trees and wildlife it is an exceptional environment in which to study, live and relax. Everything you need is here or within walking distance. Whiteknights offers:
- cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, including 24-hour IT resources and a library containing over a million items
- extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, courts, playing fields and a fully-equipped sports centre
- a wide choice of catered and self-catered student accommodation.
- We also have three specialist museums - great places for study and research, or simply for enjoyment. They house specialist collections relating to zoology (Cole Museum), Greek archaeology (Ure Museum) and rural life (Museum of English Rural Life)
Green Flag Award
In 2014, the Whiteknights campus received its fourth Green Flag Award, and was voted number six out of more than 1,500 public spaces eligible to be included in the scheme's People's Choice Award 2014. Whiteknights was also the most highly rated university campus and the only one to appear in the top 10.
London Road campus
The London Road campus in central Reading was gifted in 1904 by the local Palmer family, of the famous biscuit manufacturer Huntley & Palmers. It is now home to the University's Institute of Education. London Road also houses the impressive Great Hall where thousands of our students attend their graduation ceremonies every year. The hall also plays host to a number of performances including some by national choirs and various University ensembles.
Our beautiful Greenlands campus on the banks of the river Thames at Henley dates back to the early nineteenth century. Greenlands is used by the University's Henley Business School as the base for its MBA and corporate learning.