Pre-sessional: accommodation

Welcome ISLI student!

We are delighted that you are interested in studying at the University of Reading.


Programmes Starting in June and July

How does the accommodation work?

Accommodation will be arranged on your behalf if you firmly accept your offer to study on a Pre-sessional English course at the University of Reading. Accommodation comes at an additional charge and you will be required to pay a first instalment of £500 before you arrive at the University.

You will be contacted by the University of Reading Stay@Reading Office shortly after you accept your offer to study at the University of Reading. The e-mail will provide you with more details about the accommodation and instructions on how to pay your first instalment.

Room Type

You will be allocated to an en-suite bedroom for single occupancy with a shared kitchen facility (meals and crockery are not provided). The weekly cost of the room is £139.02

If you require bedding, you will need to purchase a bedding pack before you arrive. All University halls are equipped with internet access via Ethernet cable and Wi Fi.

Accommodation will be available from the:

Friday 17th June        PSE 4

Friday 1st July            PSE 5

Friday 22nd July         PSE 6

Should you need to arrive earlier than the dates listed above (for your course), please get in touch with Stay@Reading on +44 118 378 8922 or after you have paid your first instalment.

The self-catered en-suite rooms are arranged in flats of between six and ten bedrooms, each with a shared kitchen/diner. The shared kitchens are well-equipped with appliances and a dining area making them a great communal space for residents sharing a flat.

All of the halls are a short walk from the centre of campus and conveniently located for local shops, eating places and buses to Reading town centre and station. Each hall has access to a Group Reception where staff are on hand to assist with enquiries. The facilities at each hall include a laundry, bike sheds/stands and post boxes.

What is included in my package?

All students who live in a University hall of residence will have access to the following:

  • Study bedroom, including: a bed, a mattress, a desk and desk chair, bookshelves, desk lighting, wardrobes and drawers. A mattress protector is provided, however bedding (bed sheets and duvets) is not. Bedding can be purchased from the hall reception either in advance or on arrival.
  • Data point, providing unlimited access to the University network via your own computer.
  • Heating, lighting and power.
  • Bathroom. En-suite accommodation includes a personal shower, toilet and wash basin for each resident. Washbasin rooms contain a wash basin within the bedroom and access to communal bathroom facilities with showers and/or baths, toilets and additional washbasins.
  • Kitchen, including (in self-catered accommodation): a hob and oven, a microwave, a fridge and freezer, storage space for each resident, a kettle and a toaster. Residents in catered halls will have access to a small kitchen equipped with a microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge freezer as a minimum. These small kitchens can be used to prepare snack and hot drinks.
  • Laundrette, with washing machine and tumble dryer facilities, available for use at a low cost.

The accommodation also includes:

  • A 24 hour dedicated halls security team.
  • A 24 hour halls hotline and maintenance teams.
  • A Hall welfare team including a warden and wardens assistants to provide welfare guidance.


Local Shops and Supermarkets

Our Students' Union have a shop and an oriental supermarket on campus, which are open all year round, and there are also many supermarkets in the Reading area. A 15 minute bus journey to town gives you access to several different small in-town supermarkets such as Tesco (Tesco Store Locator ) and Sainsburys (Sainsburys Store Locator ). A 15 minute bus journey in the other direction will give you access to a large ASDA (ASDA Lower Earley ) superstore which sells a wide range of groceries alongside many household and electrical items. For more information about bus travel in Reading please see the Reading Buses Website (Reading buses University travel webpage

I am arriving outside of normal reception hours, will I be able to check into my room?

Yes. You will need to go to your hall, and call the security team from the call point outside the main entrance. Please carry some photo ID with you, such as your passport. They will then be able to issue you with your room key.


What if I experience problems whilst living in Halls of Residence?

A telephone hotline (0118 378 7777) is available 24/7 for any problems in hall.

On arrival you will receive a hall handbook with greater details about service delivery times and how to report problems. Each hall has an assigned warden with a responsibility for pastoral support and discipline within the hall.


Can I sub-let my room to a friend if I no-longer need it?

No, you cannot arrange for someone else to live in and pay for your room. If you know of someone who is interested in taking your room, please email us at, and we will investigate if your contract can be replaced using the official channels.


I am arriving after my contract start date, can you hold my room?

Yes, we will be able to arrange this, but you need to email us at with your planned arrival date, so that we can arrange this for you. If you do not let us know when you intend to arrive, your room is at risk.


Term Time Accommodation

If you are staying on at Reading after the summer for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Reading and would like to live in halls accommodation after your Pre-sessional English course, you will need to make a new application. You will need to make an application as an offer holding undergraduate/postgraduate. If you make an application by 1st August 2016, we will be able to guarantee accommodation for you. Whilst our accommodation team endeavour to make sure you get your first choice of accommodation but we cannot guarantee this.


Programmes starting in October

For programmes starting in October, students are invited to apply with the main body of Reading students via the University Accommodation Office. Information about how to apply will be sent alongside admissions information.

All students who apply by 1 August (and have firmly accepted their offer at Reading) will be guaranteed accommodation in Halls of Residence for the October start.

Please note students must be 18 by 31 December in order to qualify for this guarantee. Students below 18 should contact us for further information on accommodation options.

In October all accommodation is available and applications are dealt with on a first come first served basis. The accommodation team will do their best to find you your first choice of accommodation, however cannot make any guarantees.

Please see the links below to find out more about the University accommodation available from October:

Programmes starting between January 2016 to 20th April 2016

A range of room types, including premium en-suite, standard en-suite and washbasin rooms, are available for these course start dates. Availability is limited , and we therefore advise you to apply early as accommodation is booked on a first come first served basis.

To view more information about our room types and halls of residence please follow the links below:

To apply for this accommodation, please go to your RISIS webportal:

Contact us


  • Telephone:
    +44 (0)118 378 8922


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