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  • Never a dull moment

    Find out why our campus is a great place to live, study and work

  • Enjoy everything that Reading has to offer

    And Central London is just a 30-minute train journey away

Life at Reading

Discover life at Reading

Discover what living and studying at the University of Reading is like. Learn more about what's on offer at our beautiful campuses and in Reading town. Get ready to make new friends, try new things and make the most of your time at university.

Find your place

People often comment on the friendly atmosphere here at Reading.  It's a place to meet new people from around the world and to build friendships that last a lifetime. It's also a place to do the things that you love to do and to try out new things.

There are always events on campus, whether live music, quizzes, club nights, karaoke, comedy, cake and coffee gatherings, book clubs or talks. The many clubs and societies, covering sports, music, drama, hobbies and charities, cater for every interest. And of course Reading town, with its wide range of events and entertainment, is on your doorstep.

Enjoy life on our beautiful Whiteknights campus

life-beautiful-campusCampus 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 all centrally located on one of the most attractive university campuses in the UK. In fact, Reading was recently voted the best university green space in the UK, meaning that it really is a beautiful and relaxing place to live during your studies.

Why not visit us?

life-visitus-homepageDon't just take our word for it; come and find out for yourself why Reading is a such a great place to live and study. We host regular Open Days and campus tours which provide you with the ideal opportunity to explore our grounds and facilities. If you can't make it to one of our organised events then don't worry, as we've also created a self-guided tour which enables you to take a look around the university in your own time.


life-student-accommodationThe University provides a wide range of comfortable and affordable accommodation choices, all of which is located either on the main Whiteknights campus or within easy walking distance. Our accommodation takes the stress out of moving away from home, as we offer all inclusive rent, as well as different room types, catering options and residency periods.

Sport at Reading

life-reading-knights-footballSport is an ideal way to keep fit, have fun and make new friends during your studies. The University of Reading is a great place for sports enthusiasts, with some of the best-equipped facilities of any UK university and has almost 50 clubs. Whether you're competing at a national level or play sports recreationally, our first-class sports facilities have everything you need.

Town life

life-oracle-shoppingSituated in the Royal County of Berkshire, Reading offers students a wonderfully diverse and vibrant place to live with easy access to London and the stunning southern counties of England. Reading is a leading shopping destination and a hub for successful international companies at the heart of the Thames Valley, making it ideal for placement and graduate job opportunities.

Reading University Students' Union

life-rusu-3sixtyThe University of Reading is home to one of the best students' unions in the country. Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) exists to enhance your time at the University of Reading. From the Advice staff working in The Hub to the student staff working behind the bar and the Student Officers elected by you to speak up on your behalf, we are all here to help you make the most of your student experience.

If you need us, we're here

life-student-supportMoney matters

Information and advice on funding, living costs and budgeting during your studies at Reading.

  • Find out more about money matters

Student support

If you need to speak to someone about any issue at all – from practical needs and questions, to making the adjustment to living away from home, to worries about missing a deadline, then our various support services can help.


Religious life

Find out more about joining your religious community and available facilities and services in the nearby area.

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