Our award winning campus and facilities

We want you to enjoy you time at the University of Reading, so we have created a safe and welcoming learning environment. Based in the south of England, just 30 minutes away from London, Reading is an excellent base for you to learn, develop your skills and explore the UK.

You can make a home from home in our community of over 17,000 students, who range from foundation to PhD level.

'We have nearly 4,000 international students from over 141 countries'

We have nearly 4,000 international students from over 141 countries, which creates an exciting mix of cultures and ensures that you will feel welcome.

You will have everything you need to succeed at Reading including 24 hour IT facilities and a library with over 10,000,000 items. Dedicated 24/7 security ensures that you will be safe to concentrate on your studies.

While you study you can enjoy our beautiful surroundings. The main Whiteknights campus is an award winning green space with a lake and rare tree collection where you can learn and relax.

You will have the option to live in 'halls of residence', which is accommodation that is only for University of Reading students. You will be guaranteed a place in halls if you meet the conditions of your academic offer and complete your accommodation application before the deadline.

Many of the halls of residence are located on campus, others are just a short walk away.

Map of the University of Reading halls of residence

The University's accommodation is all within easy reach of the campus. See the full-sized map (PDF 172KB)

Your room in halls will include:

  • a bed (bed linen is not provided, but can be bought from the halls)
  • a desk with lamp and chair
  • 24 hour security
  • heating, lighting, water and internet access
  • a 24 hour support line for any problems with your room.

There is a choice of accommodation depending on your needs and your budget. Some rooms include a private bathroom, while others use shared bathrooms. All rooms in halls have access to cooking facilities, but you can also tchoose to pay for cooked meals with a catering package.

Find out more about accommodation options at the University of Reading>>>

Facilities

The campus offers you a vibrant community with a wide range of facilities to help you study, have fun and relax. There are shops, cafes and bars on campus where you can stock up on essentials, meet with friends and get something to eat or drink.

IT facilities

  • Over 600 computers
  • 24/7 computer rooms
  • WiFi in key areas
  • Free IT training

You'll have access to over 600 computers across the University and several computer rooms are open 24 hours a day. You can connect your own computer, phone or tablet to the University's WiFi network in many areas. We also provide you with a range of free IT training.

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Library

  • Over 1 million books and bound journals
  • Subject experts on call

The University Library holds over 1,000,000 items and is open until late to ensure you have access to all the resources you need for your study. The Library also offers training in study skills and has subject experts who can help you make the most of the resources on offer.

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Sports

  • Top class sports facilities
  • Competitive teams and sports clubs
  • Olympic medal winning alumni

As a student you will have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, both indoors and outdoors. Many of our students have gone on to compete at high levels, including the Olympics. There are courts, pitches and playing fields for a wide range of sports, a rowing club, as well as a fully-equipped sports centre with gym. The Students' Union has clubs and societies for many sports, and if there isn't an existing society for your favourite, you can always start one!

Learn more about the sports facilities at the University>>>

Teaching facilities

  • World-class teaching facilities
  • Multi-million pound investment

Our teaching facilities have been designed to help you to get the most out of your course. We have invested millions of pounds to create modern facilities to support students in certain areas. Our world-class facilities include:

Location

You can be in London in 30 minutes

The University of Reading is in the South of England, in the town of Reading. You will find it easy to travel to the University when you arrive. Reading is 36 miles (58 km) west of Central London and 24 miles (39km) south of Oxford. There are direct connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports by bus and train. The town has a mainline railway station with direct trains into London and is on the M4 motorway between London and South Wales.

Excellent train and road connections make Reading an excellent base to explore the UK and Europe

From the University you can walk to the town centre in just a few minutes. There are also regular buses from campus. In the town you can enjoy a lively mix of culture, nightlife, shops and eating places. And if you like the outdoors, the Chiltern Hills and the River Thames are close by. You can also explore other towns and cities across the UK and Europe using Reading's excellent rail network with Heathrow only 30 minutes away.

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