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How to apply

Application to all of our undergraduate programmes are made online through the national admissions service UCAS website, where you will find information on the number of courses you can apply for, as well as the UCAS application fee.


Our UCAS code is READG R12.

There is no campus code for our courses (except the foundation degrees offered by our Partner Colleges - visit the Foundation degrees course information page for more information).

When to apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should aim to apply between 1 September and 15 January  for admission in the following October.

If you miss the January deadline, you are still welcome to apply but should note that some programmes may be full by this point.

If you are living outside the EU you may apply between 1 September and 30 June for admission in the following October.  However you should still try and apply by 15 January as courses may fill up by this point.

Gap year/deferred entry

We welcome deferred entry applications.  You will need to show on your UCAS application that you want deferred admission. If your plans change during the year we can usually change our offer accordingly – so do keep us informed.

What to expect after you apply

Once you have applied, you will be able to view the progress of your application through the UCAS website. It is there that you will find out whether we have offered you a place, although you will receive a letter from the respective Faculty Admissions office confirming any conditions that are attached to this offer.


In some subject areas, the Admissions Tutor will interview you before they make you an offer. If we do wish to call you for interview, you will receive a letter from the department you have applied to. After you have been interviewed, the Admissions Tutor will decide whether to offer you a place (conditional or unconditional). A small number of programmes may make you an offer of a place prior to interview but will include, as a condition, passing the interview itself.

Departmental Visit Days

If you are made an offer of a place at Reading, you will normally be given the chance to come and visit us on a Departmental Visit Day before deciding whether to accept it. The Visit Days generally take place between December and March every year and typically include a chance to meet with staff and students of your chosen department, a campus/departmental tour to see our facilities and a chance to receive more detail about the programme you have applied for.

The Visit Days give you an ideal opportunity to get a real sense of the department and programme that you are interested in. You do not need to come along to the Visit Day but we would encourage you to come along as our students tell us it is really useful in making a final decision.


We place an extremely high proportion of our new students in halls, and typically around 95% of those applying for accommodation get a place. Whether or not you will be guaranteed accommodation depends on the nature of your application:

If you are a new full-time undergraduate, Reading is your firm choice, and you apply for accommodation by 1 August, we will guarantee to offer you a single study bedroom in halls.

If Reading is your insurance choice, we will also usually be able to offer you accommodation. However, in such cases there is no absolute guarantee, and the choice of hall is likely to be more restricted.

When you firmly accept your offer of admission to the University through UCAS, our Admissions staff will automatically send you details of how to apply online for accommodation. This is done through our applicant web portal. Once you have applied for a halls place, you will then be able to track the progress of your application online and see which hall has been allocated. Please note that we will not make a final, formal offer of a hall place until your academic offer goes unconditional.

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