What's open in Reading?
To find out which venues are open in Reading check the livingreading map.
The Reading Borough Council website has further information on travel, social distancing routes and safety measures, and the latest information on shops and the high street.
What’s open on campus?
Cafes and catering venues
Catering and food services will continue on campus during the new ‘lockdown’ from 5 November, with some changes. Students on catering packages will still be able to access their catering needs. You can find all the details on the Hospitality webpages.
RUSU’s food outlets will provide takeaways and you can find out more on the RUSU website.
If you like, you can use your own reusable cup in our catering venues. When using your own cup, you will be asked to place it in a specific area - please ensure it is clean and remove the lid before placing the cup at the designated area. Your cup will then be filled for you to take away - in the interest of safety, Catering colleagues will not handle cups that are not from their cafes.
Please note there remains a 20p disposable cup charge, in line with our sustainability initiatives.
The Co-op have confirmed that they intend to remain open for the full lockdown period. The market place will also continue to operate at Park Eat providing essential grocery items.
Please remember to wear a face covering when visiting shops and take-away venues, in line with current government legislation.
There’s a range of space to study on our campuses, open in line with social distancing requirements. Room capacities have been reduced, and some spaces may need to be pre-booked. Visit our Study Spaces webpage for more information.
We’ve provided some advice for socialising on and around campus this term:
- Check out RUSU’s events – visit RUSU’s website and the Home at Halls app (for those living in Halls) to find out about online events for you to join.
- Be creative – try new activities where you can socialise with your household or online, such as cooking, baking or crafting.
- Do keep in contact with friends and family, especially if you are living away from home a simple phone call or a quick photo message can brighten up someone's day and help you stay connected.
- Make the most of online platforms (such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams) - Social media and other platforms provide us an amazing opportunity to keep in touch with people, without having to directly meet them face-to-face. Make the most of them, have a Zoom pub quiz or an online catch-up.
Keep up to date with the latest UK government advice on what you can and cannot do under the current restrictions.
We host a range of different activities and events, all of which you can find more about on our Get Together, Apart events diary, throughout the year for students to take part in, such as:
Chill & Chat
The Chill & Chat programme is a series of social events that focus on no or low alcohol for students. The Chill & Chat programme is designed for those who would like to socialise in an environment without alcohol.
All of the Chill & Chat events will be advertised on your Me@Reading news feed.
RUSU host a range of events throughout the year. To find out more about RUSU and what they do, please visit their website.
RUSU has over 100 different student clubs and societies, many of which are offering online activities. Joining one of these groups is a great way to make friends, meet like-minded people, be a part of new experiences, develop your skills or even find out new ones. To find out more, check out the RUSU website.
Virtual Global Buddies
Global Buddies is brought to you by the International Advisory Team. It’s a programme of events to bring students together from a broad range of courses, countries and cultures, helping to build communities and friendships.
Past event themes have included Holi, the festival of colour, Chinese New Year and Loi Krathong.