The University of Reading has a good range of high quality self-catering accommodation, on campus and near to campus. The booklet below* gives an outline of what accommodation the University has to offer during the summer, subject to availability.
More details can be found below about how to apply, as well as specific accommodation information for International Summer School students.
*Please note, the 2014 booklet is coming soon
If you are having problems viewing the booklet, it can be downloaded as a PDF: Stay Summer Student Accommodation Booklet 2013
How to Apply
Applications are made by the Stay team, who manage all summer bookings in halls.
Please note: You should only make a booking once you are confident that you have been offered a summer school place and are coming, once you make the application you will be expected to make full payment to hold the booking.
Please go to the booking page to make an application by completing our accommodation application form.
Tips for International Summer School Students
- Please make sure you follow the application instructions that will be sent out as part of your course information.
- Please be aware that the bedrooms do not contain bedding, therefore you will be given the option to purchase a bedding pack containing all of the basic bedding you will need.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don't have accommodation booked and I am due to start my course soon; what shall I do?
Answer: You should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can assist you to find short term, temporary accommodation in the area, or investigate alternatives.
How much will it cost for me to live in University accommodation?
Answer: Please see the page Package and Prices for information about costs over the summer
How will my Hall room be furnished?
Answer: Please see our Package and Prices page for more details about what is in your hall room.
Can I access the internet from my Hall room?
Answer: Yes-A data service in all Hall bedrooms allows you to connect your PC direct to the University network, giving unlimited high-speed access to the internet.
Are there telephones in the bedrooms?
Answer: There are no telephone lines in study bedrooms, but each Hall has a number of internal phones which can be used to make emergency calls free of charge, and other external calls using a 'calling card'. In addition, each Hall has at least one payphone in an area suitable for making confidential calls. Many students now use commercial voice-over-IP services to obtain a telephone connection via the data network.
Can I book accommodation beyond the end of my course?
Answer: Yes. The accommodation can be booked in the summer any time up until the 19th September 2014. Therefore you can book to stay longer than your course should you wish to use Reading as a base for some sightseeing.
Can I smoke in my Hall of Residence?
Answer: No - all areas of Halls (including study bedrooms) have been designated as no-smoking areas.
What catering options are available to me?
Answer: In the Summer months of July, August and September, catering is not available as part of the accommodation package. For more information about food shopping in the local area please see our 'Shopping and Eating' page.
During your stay there may be times when you need to purchase meals or snacks from University catering outlets. The units that are available and their opening hours can be found on the Catering Services website www.reading.ac.uk/catering
The catering outlets offer various styles of food to meet most tastes. They are well spread across the University campuses.
If you have a Campus Card you can take advantage of the catering discount scheme. Open your account online at our dedicated and secure website www.reading.ac.uk/cardfinance.
What if I experience problems whilst living in Halls of Residence?
Answer: 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.
I have applied for my visa but have experienced problems/delays, what shall I do?
Answer: As soon as you know there will be a delay with your visa, email us at email@example.com immediately. If you do not arrive on your booking date to move into your room, your room is at risk of being offered to another student.
I am arriving outside of normal reception hours, will I be able to check into my room?
Answer: 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.
I have a question which is not covered above, what shall I do?
Answer: Please contact the Stay team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happy to answer any accommodation questions that you have.