Enjoy life outside of class

We want you to enjoy your time at Reading, as well as succeed in your studies. That's why from the moment you arrive at the airport, we're here to support you. Starting on your first day you will have a wide range of opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and learn more about British culture.

If you arrive at Heathrow during international welcome week, University of Reading staff will be there to meet you.

For students starting at the beginning of the academic year (usually the end of September or beginning of October) we run a series of welcome events to help you settle in to life in Reading, find your way around and get to know new people.

For details of past events, see the international welcome programme page>>>

Student societies

The Reading University Students' Union is ranked 6th in the UK

As a student at Reading, you will automatically become a member of the Reading University Students' Union (RUSU).

RUSU is home to over 100 student-led clubs, societies and organisations.

'RUSU is home to over 100 student-led clubs, societies and organisations'

Cultural societies can help you to integrate into university life by getting advice from other students from your home country, while other societies based on interests and hobbies will give you the chance to do the things you love or try something new! If there is not currently a society for your chosen pastime, you can always start one! There are also religious societies to support your spiritual needs. For more on these see the section on faith and religion>>>


Our sportsmen and women have gone on to win many awards, including medals at the last three Olympic games

As well as student societies, there are a wide range of sports clubs to take advantage of the excellent sports facilities the University has to offer. If you would prefer not to join a club, courts and pitches are available for you to hire with a group of friends.

The University's SportsPark provides a gym, indoor and outdoor courts on Whiteknights campus. The SportsPark hosts a number of competitive leagues and tournaments across a variety of sports.

Find out more on the SportsPark website>>>

Student representation and advice

The Students' Union is also your voice at the University. RUSU represents students on the University's decision making committees and you will have the opportunity to put forward your opinions and vote on important matters. If you want to get more involved, you can contribute to the Student's Union by becoming a trustee or student officer and play an active role in shaping the University.

The Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) has many advisors to help with housing contracts, bank accounts and getting involved in UK life.

Find out more about the student advice offered by RUSU>>>

The University's Student Services team are also on hand to help you with any issues that you might face during your time at Reading.

Personal development and support services

As well as studying your degree subject, your time at Reading will help you to develop skills and experience that will help you to achieve your potential in your studies and get a job when you graduate. You'll also learn to live independently, taking responsibility for budgeting and looking after yourself. The University will support you throughout, with advice and workshops to develop your skills, and programmes such as work experience placements and the RED award to give you hands-on experience. You will also be assigned a personal tutor, who can give you advice on all aspects of your academic life.

We have a dedicated International Student Advisor, who can provide you with professional and confidential support about living and studying in the UK. There is also a Peer Support programme for those who would rather speak to their fellow students. Some of the Peer Supporters are international students themselves.

There is support for you from the moment you are accepted at Reading, arrival in the UK and your safety and security throughout your time at Reading.


We try to maintain a close relationship with our former students or 'alumni'. There are now over 30,000 Reading alumni living outside the UK in over 200 countries.

There are University of Reading alumni organisations in many countries that allow our former students to meet and communicate, which benefits their social lives, careers and businesses.

When you graduate you can continue to benefit from your relationship with Reading through the alumni office and the alumni association in your country.

I made some really good friends at Reading and we still keep in touch nearly ten years after graduation, despite living in different countries around the globe.'

Lei Xu (China) MSc Multinational Accounting and Financial Management 2003
Read more Alumni profiles>>>


You can read recommendations from our current students and alumni on the benefits of a Reading degree, the quality of teaching and research and life on campus by viewing the student profiles.

'I have had a wonderful experience in my first year at the University of Reading; I enjoyed every moment of it; it's just amazing.'

Daniel Orwa (Kenya) BSc Applied Statistics

Read more profiles written by international students about their experiences at the University of Reading>>>

You will also find plenty to do off campus, with cinemas, great shops, nightclubs and music venues and more on offer in Reading. The Oracle shopping centre is a great place to start and is only a short walk or bus ride away. Many shops also offer student discounts with a National Union of Students (NUS) card.

A short train ride could take you to London or Oxford, where there are historical sites, shops and plenty more to see and do. A longer day trip could take you to the south coast beaches or even Paris if you're feeling adventurous. Reading's excellent transport connections mean that a huge number of destinations are within reach. With Heathrow airport only 20 minutes away, the whole world is accessible.


At Reading we recognise that matters of religion and belief are important components of many students' lives. Religious life on campus is diverse and includes a Christian chaplaincy, a Muslim Centre and various student faith societies.

The Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy is on two sites, a centre on the Whiteknights campus and a Catholic Chaplaincy just off campus which holds Sunday worship. There is also a small room for prayer and contemplation at the London Road campus.

The Chaplains seek to provide pastoral and spiritual care to everyone regardless of faith. The campus Chaplaincy Centre is home to several groups. It hosts worship and meetings for people of a wide variety of opinions. It has a fully functioning kitchen, a room for prayer, and offers hospitality for all. The Chaplaincy has links with representatives of other faiths and has information about places of worship in Reading as well as student faith societies on campus.

Visit the Chaplaincy website>>>

The Muslim Centre

The Muslim centre, run by the University Muslim Society, has a site on the Whiteknights campus for daily prayer. It is a social focus for the multi-national Muslim community of students and staff, and during Ramadan it provides halal food on a daily basis. Vegetarian and halal meals can be purchased on campus and some halal foods are available in Halls.

Visit the Muslim Centre website>>>

Other religions and beliefs

The University has a number of student societies representing a diverse range of faiths. To find out more about these and other faith based groups please visit the student activities pages on the Chaplaincy faith groups site.

Find out more about faith groups on campus>>>

Faith, life and study

If there is ever a time during your course where your religion or belief conflicts with assessments or other aspects of your study, just raise the issue as soon as possible with your Personal Tutor or School Director of Teaching and Learning.

We will always try to respond to requests in a reasonable way, but cannot guarantee that a request can be accommodated (particularly when there has been limited advance notice of an issue).


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