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Travel and getting around

Getting around campus

The University has several sites in Reading, which are easy to travel
between by foot, bicycle or bus, and one site in Henley-on-Thames.

The University has excellent transport links; being close to the M4 and with fast rail services to London Paddington. The University is also close to London Heathrow Airport.

Key aims of the University's Travel Plan are to:

  • Reduce pollution and improve the local environment
  • Reduce the number of car movements to and from its sites
  • Improve cyclist and pedestrian facilities within its sites

Staff are encouraged to be environmentally aware when considering their travel arrangements. 

Maps and directions

For maps and directions to our campuses in Reading and Henley-on-Thames and for maps of the campuses, please see

  • How to find the University of Reading
  • University Maps 


Reading has a good network of bus routes with frequent services to the University.  There are bus stops within a short walking distance of all sites and a number of buses pass through the Whiteknights campus, delivering you to the door.

Information about local bus routes for the Whiteknights, London Road and Bulmershe Court
campuses, as well as details of discounted bus fares for students and staff, is available from the
Reading buses web site


Cycling to work is good for both your health and the environment.  There are 1,800 cycle racks available across the campuses with many being covered.  Work is ongoing to improve access and facilities for cyclists.  Please see the following leaflet on cycle routes in Reading.   

Staff parking permits

Parking permits are available to staff for a small monthly fee, which is deducted from salary.  Whilst there are over 2,400 parking spaces across the campuses, the University is unable to guarantee a parking space for every member of staff.  To apply for a parking permit please see Staff parking permits

Car Share Scheme

The University of Reading operates a car share scheme to help staff and students travel to and from the campuses. You can register as a driver offering a lift, or a passenger requiring a lift, and the system will match you with others travelling in the same direction so you can share the journey and costs.

You can also register for the scheme if you are cycling, walking, or getting a taxi to the University, so you're not travelling alone.

For more information please visit the car sharing website.


Saving you money on your commute to work

The University offers a number of benefits to help you save money on your commute to work, many of which are offered on a salary sacrifice basis to take advantage of tax and national insurance savings.  These include: 

  • Bus+
  • Cycle2work
  • Mycar leasing scheme
  • Parking+
  • Season ticket loans

For further information about these schemes please go to

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