Going places? Find out what transport options are available to you in Reading.
As a University we are working to reduce our impact on the environment, and sustainable travel is an important part of this endeavour. We are lucky to have excellent and affordable transport links in Reading, and we have regular free cycle skills classes along with bike hire services to make getting around Reading simple, cheap and sustainable.
Reading Buses provide a frequent and reliable bus service which makes travelling by bus around Reading really easy.
The Claret number 21/21a travels from Reading train station and town centre past the London Road campus and onto Whiteknights campus every 7 minutes during the day in term time. It also runs all through the night, so you will never miss the last bus!
Other routes which run near Whiteknights campus are:
Numbers 17 and 4 – bus stop at Earley Gate
Numbers 9, 3 and 10 – bus stop at Shinfield Road
Number 19 – bus stop at Foxhill House, Bridges and Wessex Halls, and Earley Gate.
A trip on the bus to town usually takes 15-20 minutes, and you can pay by contactless card, Reading Buses top up card, via the Reading Buses app, or by cash (exact money only as they don’t give change).
Additional information on student offers and buses around the University is available from Sustainability Services.
Cars, motorcycles and parking
We do not recommend that students bring a car to campus, but in a case where it is unavoidable it is important to take note of the information you will need for bringing your own vehicle.
Vehicles need a valid vehicle entry permit to drive and park on the Whiteknights or London Road campuses, Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00.
There are a very limited number of permits available for students - visit student parking for application forms and further details.
There is also very limited parking at our Halls of Residence so you must apply for a permit. If you are a student living in hall and you do not have a permit to park, you must not park on residential roads within one mile of the campus.
Co-wheels - hire a car by the hour
Hire a car by the hour from campus with our Co-wheels car club. Great for journeys that are not convenient by public transport or on foot/cycle.
For information about sustainability and driving, visit the Sustainability pages.
Cars and insurance
Students using private vehicles for visits or field trips connected with University courses must check with their insurance provider that they are insured for this purpose. The University's motor insurance does not automatically cover you.
Blue badge holders are required to apply for a permit but this will be issued free of charge.
Cars and international students
The law relating to driving in the UK as an international student is complex. For a full explanation of the current position, you should visit the DirectGov pages on driving in Great Britain on a foreign licence.
Student parking on campus
You will need a permit to park on campus and these are only usually awarded to students with mobility issues or with other extenuating circumstances that meet the qualifying criteria.
If you are eligible you can apply for a parking permit using the online form.
If you wish to apply for a parking permit, you must do so by 11.59pm on the Friday of Welcome Week (usually that last week of September). Applications received after this time will only be considered if you have had a significant change of circumstances. Please note that the qualifying criteria still apply. For more information, please visit our Parking webpage.
Please note that student parking permits are not valid in car park 5 (Visitors’ car park), where separate parking arrangements apply.
Please keep yourself and others safe when you’re riding your bike, both on and off campus.
The University provides a number of facilities for cyclists:
free cycle skills sessions at a range of levels including confident road cycling
over 1,800 cycle parking spaces across our campuses, including new lockable cycle compounds
additional secure cycle sheds provided at the Halls for students to bring their bike with them to University
showers on campus (see maps below)
brand new docking stations on Whiteknights and London Road campuses
regular Dr Bike free maintenance sessions
introduction to bicycle maintenance courses
bicycle maintenance tools available to borrow from the Chaplaincy for quick DIY repairs onsite
advice on deterring theft
Unicycle bike recycling scheme loaning recycled bikes to students through RUSU
information and help for those new to or considering cycling, including free cycling courses.
We are constantly working to improve our facilities for cyclists on campus. If there is a particular improvement that you'd like to see implemented, please email us to have your say.
Showers on campus
The campuses have plenty of showers you can use if you have cycled or walked to the University and feel the need to freshen up! Find out where you can take a shower on our Whiteknights and London Road campuses with our shower maps:
Greenlands campus from Henley-on-Thames railway station
Due to parts of the route being on rural roads with no safe pedestrian access, it is suggested that for your safety you consider an alternative form of transport to get to our Henley campus (bus or car).
You can catch the 800 or 850 bus; getting off at Hambleden, Greenlands stop.
You can map your way to Greenlands via car using the postcode RG9 3AU.