There are many options of university accommodation situated on campus or in walking distance of the University campuses, so you can be confident we have something to suit all lifestyle needs and budget.
Some of the things that need to be considered when choosing accommodation are:
• Catered or self-catered halls
• En-suite or shared bathrooms
• Family, couples and mature student accommodation requirements
• Whether it is necessary to live near academic department or near facilities such as the university gym or music practice rooms.
Find out more about accommodation choices here.
It is important to note that if an applicant applies through Clearing we are unable to guarantee University accommodation due to a limited number of places available in University halls. However, there are also private accommodation options available which you can read more about here.
University Accommodation arrival process
Before students arrive, they must complete their e-induction. It will take around 30 minutes to complete and will provide information such as bed size, advice on what to bring and what to expect on arrival day.
Once students have accepted their offer of accommodation and paid any outstanding deposits, students will be sent an email that will enable them to access the e-induction site. For further details instructions on how to complete the e-induction, click here.
On completion of the e-induction, students will also be able to book their arrival slot, receive arrival instructions and download your temporary parking permit if required.
See our arrival day FAQs.
Private rented accommodation
If students are choosing to live in private rented accommodation or haven't been allocated a place in University halls of residence, there is plenty of private accommodation available to rent in the local area.
Typically, there are two types of student housing options that are available. A shared house or flat, where multiple students have a 12 month contract together renting a room in a shared house, or a room in a resident owner’s home, where a student will lodge with the homeowner and occupy a room in their house.
A good place to start looking for private student accommodation is looking online at Student Rightmove. The Students’ Union at Reading also has their own guide to house hunting and guide to living off campus which may prove useful.
Many students choose to continue living at home with their parents or supporters and instead travel to the University . Some of the reasons they might choose to commute like this are so that they stay close to family and friends, or for financial reasons or caring responsibilities.
Even though some students may be commuting in from the local area, they will still be actively encouraged to get involved in campus life as much as possible and will have many opportunities to meet new people and get fully immersed during Welcome Week. Find out more here.