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How to Get Here

How do you find us? That, of course, all depends on where you come from. Let us start from close by and move outward.

  • The department. We occupy offices in the first and second floors of the Tower Block of the Humanities and Social Sciences building (HumSS). HumSS is one of the first buildings you find upon entering the Whiteknights Campus from the Early Gate entrance (take a look at a campus map and come back here ... you may even want to take a photographic tour of the campus; it is well worth it; it is one of the most beautiful in the UK).

  • The Whiteknights Campus is located on the South side of town (take a look at a city map). Several buses link the campus to the city centre. A taxi journey from the centre will set you back approximately £5 depending upon traffic ...

  • The town of Reading itself is located in the South of England, some forty miles West of London (again, take a look at a street map and come back here ... you may want to take a photographic tour of the town). Check out the web site of Reading Borough Council. Reading is located on the fast North-South East line. In 25 minutes you are in London. Similar time to Oxford. Check the following web sites:

Great Western Trains: Fast trains to central London, Bristol, Wales.
Thames Trains to London, Oxford and London airports (Gatwick)
Railtrack online timetables

Check out the web site of the Public Transport Information. It provides a comprehensive guide on public transports in the UK.

  • England. If you are getting here from anywhere in the world, it is really good news. Reading is close to London's major international airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton). Heathrow is only 30 miles away and a convenient bus link operated by RailAir runs every half an hour (15 hours a day) between the Reading train station in the city centre and all four Heathrow terminals. The ride takes about 40 minutes and will cost £8 return. Gatwick is farther away but a convenient train connection operated by Thames Trains will take you directly here.

    Several web sites offer cheap air fares:

If you are planning a trip to Reading, remember: Berkshire, the county where Reading is located, is the sunniest county in Britain. Of course, thatís all relative and this is England after all. So pack an umbrella ... just in case. And get the weather report on Southern England from the BBC. More generally, get your current UK news from the BBC, The Times, or The Guardian.

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