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University crest at London RoadThe University of Reading was awarded its charter in 1926. It is a 'red brick' university with three of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. We are a research-intensive university with nearly 90% of our research deemed to be of international standing. We currently have 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities and nearly 4,000 members of staff.

Reading in the league tables

Reading is in the top 1% of universities in the world (of which there are approximately 20,000) - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.

League table


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 201st - 225th
Guardian University Guide 2015 30th
Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015 33rd

Complete University Guide 2015

6 subjects in the top 10

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014 33rd

Research excellence

Research at the University of Reading98% of the University's research was rated as being of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Since 2012/13, we have been awarded over £50 million in research income (funding body and research grants and contracts) – and £256 million over the last five years. We are ranked in the top 25 in the number of awards from research councils.

Our Henley Business School is one of the world's few business schools to hold triple-accredited status and is consistently ranked among the world's top 50 business schools by the Financial Times and The Economist. Henley is also among an elite group of business schools – the top 1% in the world – to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of faculty and output.

Our students

Students on campusThere are currently over six applications for every place at Reading. Once our students are here, we provide excellent teaching, facilities and support, to allow each student to achieve their full potential.

Reading has a community atmosphere - the distinctive student experience and provision of close student support makes it a great place to study. Since the merger with Henley Business School, the course portfolio now ranges from BAs to MBAs, and state-of-the-art facilities combined with beautiful campuses make for a superior learning experience.


Student numbers

We are a global university with 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities.


Number of students

UK 10,638
Other EU 2,408
International (non-EU) 3,994

Level of study

Number of students

Undergraduate 9,326
Postgraduate 7,714

Students with a lecturerNational Student Survey (NSS) - satisfaction survey of final year undergraduates

Almost 90% of students are satisfied with the University of Reading, and our students union is ranked 7th in the UK.

In the latest survey (2014), 89.1% of our undergraduate students were satisfied with the quality of their course well above the sector average of 86%.

90% of our students found their course intellectually stimulating.

Nine of our subjects had 95% or more overall satisfaction, with a further 11 with more than 90% overall satisfaction.

Destination of Reading First Degree Graduates 2013

Overall, 93% of 2013 Reading graduates are in employment, voluntary work or study, and 71% are in graduate level work or further study. Of those who are in full-time work, 76% are in professional or managerial roles just six months after completing their course. These latest figures confirm that Reading is above both the sector average, and even our own benchmark that was set last year (HESA Employment Performance Indicators).


Percentage of students

Full-time paid work 59%
Part-time paid work 8%
Work and study 6%
Further study  14%
Further study 15%
Unemployed 7%
Other 6%


Tuition fees at Reading, which are only paid after graduation when you are earning more than £21,000, will be £9,000 for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students starting their studies in 2012/13 (subject to the approval of our Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access - OFFA). If you are a full-time student studying on your first higher education course, you can get a government loan for your tuition fees.

In addition to the Government's Tuition Loan, Living Costs Loans (available to all full-time students) and Living Cost Grants (available for full-time students whose household income is less than £42,600), in 2012/13 the University of Reading will support its students by redistributing 25% of tuition fee income, around £5.5 million, as follows:-

Household incomes

  • Up to £16,000 Fee waiver £3,000 / Cash bursary £1,000
  • £16,001 - £25,000 Fee waiver £2,000 / Cash bursary £1,000
  • £25,001 - £42,000 Cash bursary £500
  • Early Years Foundation Degree 50% fee waiver
  • A range of travel bursaries will also be available

For more information about fees please visit our study pages 


Mackinder HallRecent campus builds include a new student services centre and business school, £100 million on new halls and redevelopment programme, a refurbished sports centre, and catering hubs to make eating on the go easier. A new £11 million purpose-built home for film, theatre and television opened in the centre of the campus in spring 2011.

Our main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland.

Accommodation comprises both self-catered and catered halls. If you meet relevant criteria you are guaranteed University accommodation (see our "Applying Accommodation" page for more details). Costs range from about £72 (self-catered) to £184 (catered en suite) a week.

Accommodation Costs


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