It is sensible to insure your possessions and belongings whilst you are studying at the University.
Halls of Residence
Insurance can be arranged directly through the University; an insurance charge will be added to your first accommodation invoice, but you will have until the 10th of October to opt out of the insurance scheme, if you wish to make alternative arrangements.
Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd. provide a block personal possessions insurance package for students living in Halls and this is included in the Halls fee. Full details of the cover and exclusions are available from Endsleigh Insurance.
In private housing, you will need to arrange your own insurance for your belongings. Make sure that all your belonging are insured (including clothing, computer, electrical equipment, jewellery, etc) as well as checking what you are covered against (e.g. fire, flood, theft etc.).
Student houses are often targeted by thieves, and as such you are recommended to insure your possessions.
Fieldworking is covered by the University Health and Safety framework. Find out more here with the A-Z listing.
Travelling from Abroad
We strongly advise you make arrangements in your own country to insure yourself and your belongings when travelling to and from the university.
Students staying for six months or less should be sure they are covered either by the European Union (EU) reciprocal arrangements (for EU students), by their home University or by private insurance arrangements made before they arrive in Britain.
Please visit the International Students Essentials page for more information about studying in the UK. Alternatively, you can contact the International Student Advisory Team who can be contacted by:
Please view the University's policies to ensure you are protected whilst on placement
The University has policies for:
When students are away from the University of Reading on work placements, the organisations accepting them are expected to cover them under their employer's liability insurance with regard to any personal injury which the student may suffer for which the organisation in question is legally liable.
Employers may request that disclaimers are signed by a representative of the University. All such disclaimers must be referred to the University Insurance Officer (extension 8309, email email@example.com) and not signed by departmental staff.
If a student or member of staff wishes to use their own vehicle whilst carrying out placement work, they must check that their own vehicle insurance cover is adequate, i.e 'occasional business use'.
Overseas Placement and travel for University business
Cover for travel insurance and emergency medical attention is automatically in place as arranged by the University Insurance Office firstname.lastname@example.org
School/Department Secretaries also carry stocks of wallet sized cards containing the policy number and emergency medical contact telephone number.
If a letter confirming 'travel insurance in place' is requested for VISA purposes, such a letter can be obtained from the insurance office.