Clearing is a way of applying to university when you are either applying for the first time after 30 June, or when your results are not what you expected. The easiest way to know if you are in Clearing is by checking your UCAS Application status. It will say "You are in Clearing" or "Clearing has started". You can also read more on the UCAS website.
You can apply through Clearing if:
If you apply for a place at university for September entry after 30 June, your application is automatically included in Clearing.
If you already have your final results and it is before 12 August, there is a slightly different process. Please follow this information on how to apply.
For those receiving results on Thursday 18 August, we’ll publish a list of all courses with places available in Clearing on our main Clearing page before our hotline opens. We update this list throughout Clearing as courses fill. If you’re considering Reading through Clearing, it’s a good idea to make a list of the courses (and UCAS codes) that you’re interested in ahead of time to check against the final list of courses available in Clearing. We also offer suggestions for other courses in related subjects in case your preferred course no longer has vacancies or we aren’t able to make you an offer on your first choice.
How will courses be taught in Autumn 2022? Are there still adjustments in place to handle the COVID-19 pandemic? What if I can’t travel to Reading for the start of term?
We have advice about what to expect for teaching at the University of Reading for the Autumn Term 2022 on our main website, and other information about how we are keeping our students and community safe and supported
I’m an international student and I don’t have UK qualifications. Can I still apply through Clearing?
Yes! We accept a range of international qualifications for entry directly onto our undergraduate programmes. If your qualifications do not meet the criteria for a place on a full degree course, we offer some courses with an integrated Foundation year, and we also offer an International Foundation Programme that provides you with a pathway to an undergraduate degree course. You can check your eligibility by country for our undergraduate and International Foundation courses.
I’m from a country outside the UK or Republic of Ireland. Do I need a visa to study in the UK and will it get to me in time?
Most international students usually have enough time to receive a visa to study in the UK when applying via Clearing. Once you have accepted your Clearing place at Reading and hold an unconditional offer, we’ll be able to issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) document which you’ll need to apply for your visa. You can find more information on our Visa and Immigration page . If you are from a country within the European Union or European Economic Area (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland), regulations have changed and you will now need a visa to study in the UK. You can find more information on our Brexit page. We also have international representatives who can help with the visa application process. Make sure you provide us with the documents we require as soon as possible so that we can minimise any potential delays in the process.
I’d like some help with my Clearing application or visa application – what kind of help do you provide?
Our International Recruitment team will be able to help you—from providing course advice to information about getting to Reading from the airport. If you have specific questions about visas and immigration, please contact our dedicated International Student Advisory Team. We regularly update our COVID-19 prospective student and applicant pages with the latest information and guidance for students arriving from outside the UK. If you’d like personalised support, we have international representatives in many countries who can submit a Clearing application and/or visa application on your behalf.
Will I get accommodation?
We have reserved rooms for our Clearing applicants on our main Whiteknights campus across a range of room types and catering options. Please visit our Clearing Accommodation page for more information about your halls options, as well as how to apply for accommodation if you have been guaranteed a place in halls.
If you’re applying via Clearing between 5 July and 12 August, you are guaranteed accommodation.
We will email you with further important information about how to apply for accommodation after you have accepted any offer we have been able to make you, and we have verified your results.
How will courses be taught in Autumn 2022? Are there still adjustments in place to handle the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have advice about what to expect for teaching at the University of Reading for the Autumn Term 2022 on our main website, and other information about how we are keeping our students and community safe and supported.
Can I visit the University?
There are two ways that you can get a taste of what life is like at the University of Reading this year. If you receive a place at Reading via Clearing on Thursday 18 August, you’ll be invited to our dedicated Clearing webinar which you can watch at a time that best works for you, or join when we are answering your questions live, and our Visit Day on Friday 19 August. The invitation to both of these and other on-campus opportunities will be emailed to you separately from your offer letter.
You can also get a feel for living and studying at Reading on our Virtual Experience Hub, where you can explore our campuses, view inside departmental buildings, facilities and accommodation using our 360 tours, or watch one of our students show you around. From 19th August you'll also be able to watch a recording of our Clearing Webinar. You'll be able to book one of our self-guided campus tours on this site too.
We have range of Virtual Events which give further insight into our courses and subject areas, as well as dedicated sessions providing practical support about applying to university, including through Clearing. You can watch previous events as well as sign up for future events.
Student Finance England (SFE) have a short video explaining what you need to know.
If you have already applied for student finance and then change your course/university through Clearing you’ll need to let SFE know as soon as possible, as it may affect what you're entitled to. To do this, log into your SFE online account and then select: Your Account, Change your application, University/college and course.
If you get a place through Clearing and haven’t yet applied for a student loan, you can apply for a loan via the SFE online service.
There’s a different process if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, so please be sure to check with your relevant student finance authority.