Lots of students that study at Reading choose to live in the local area either independently or with family and commute to university.
Commuting to university is a great choice for some students as study can be combined with living in a familiar environment.
There are many reasons why students choose to commute. This can include staying close to family and friends, financial circumstances or caring responsibilities.
If you are living locally and commuting to university, consider the following before you arrive at Reading and in your first few weeks:
- Share your local knowledge: You have a great insight in to Reading and the local area. Help other new students find their way around and share your recommendations with the new people you meet.
- Making Friends: Living in university accommodation is not the only way to make friends at university. You can meet people studying on your course or by joining clubs and societies. Take a look at the wide range of student-led societies on offer on the RUSU website.
- Parking on campus: If driving to campus is necessary for you, please make sure that before bringing a vehicle onto campus you have applied for and obtained a permit. As parking spaces are very limited on campus, finding space can be difficult. Find out more about parking spaces on campus and how to apply for a permit.
- Lockers: There are a number of lockers on campus that you can use to store heavy items such as books and avoid travelling with them when you don't need to. To request a locker, enquire at the RUSU reception desk where, depending on current availability, you will be asked for a £5 deposit. You will then be given a card with which to access your new locker. Find out more about lockers on campus.
- Space to relax on campus: If your journey to campus is quite long, you may not want to travel home in between lectures. There are lots of spaces on campus to study, relax and eat - find out more about some of the spaces to relax on campus.
- Let someone know: Commuting can sometimes be challenging when public transport is cancelled or there is a traffic jam. Let your Academic Tutor or Lecturer know that you commute and they can keep you up to date on anything you may have missed.