Frequently asked questions
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN EACH ROOM/FLAT?
Families and Couples accommodation is all self-catered. All bedrooms are furnished with:
- bed, mattress and mattress protector
- desk and desk chair
- shelves and wardrobe.
All kitchens are equipped with:
- fridge and kettle
In addition to your personal items, you will need to bring*: cookware (such as pots and pans).
*a more detailed list of what you do and don’t need to bring with you to your accommodation is included in your arrival information, see below.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I RECEIVE BEFORE I ARRIVE?
Before you arrive in hall you will be asked to complete a mandatory e-induction. This will include valuable arrival information, details of what to bring, a link to your Halls A-Z Handbook and an insight into hall life to prepare you for your time in hall.
CAN I LIVE IN HALL ACCOMMODATION BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR?
Accommodation suitable for families is very limited and is therefore reserved for new families moving to Reading who are not as able to seek accommodation in the private sector. Family accommodation is available for one academic year only and is not eligible for returners to apply for. Students seeking family accommodation for subsequent academic years will need to seek accommodation in the private sector. See our private accommodation page for further information.
Couples and mature students
There is limited availability for returning students and there is no guarantee of being able to stay in the accommodation beyond the first year. Information about the returner’s application process is made available during the first term.
CAN I GET AN ACCESSIBLE ROOM?
The University’s Disability Team works closely with the Accommodation Office to assist students with special requirements. They provide support and advice services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 378 8921 as soon as possible if you need an accessible room or have a particular requirement of your room due to a disability.
CAN I BRING MY CAR?
Except in very specific cases students living in halls are unable to bring a car and the area around the University is for local residents parking only. For all information regarding car, motorcycle or visitor parking please see www.reading.ac.uk/parking
All halls are within easy walking distance of Whiteknights campus and conveniently close to excellent bus routes serving supermarkets, Reading town centre and train station.
Cycling is encouraged and lockable bike sheds/racks are available in all the halls.
CAN I VIEW THE ACCOMMODATION PRIOR TO MOVING IN?
Once you receive an offer of accommodation you can request to view the room you’ve been offered. We will liaise with the current occupant and arrange the viewing where possible.
IS THERE ANY SINGLE GENDER ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE?
If you are seeking single gender accommodation the self-contained flats and studios listed on these webpages may be a good choice as the bathroom and kitchen facilities are not shared with other residents. Alternatively, there are single gender areas in some of the standard halls accommodation.