At the University of Reading, you'll study on an award-winning campus steeped in over 150 years of history.
The University was established in 1892 and originated as a University of Oxford extension college. Today, we are ranked 169th in the world, 60 places up on our 2023 ranking (QS World University Rankings, 2024), and we have a world-class reputation for the quality of our teaching, research and links to business. Additionally, we have invested in a state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia. Reading is also highly ranked among UK universities (ranked joint 26th out of 103 UK universities featured in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, 38th out of 131 in the Daily Mail University Guide 2024).
Our Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland. It's the perfect place for you to make a home away from home in the UK, and achieve your academic and career goals.
Fees and costs
Read our fees information for international students looking to undertake either an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
We offer many options for funding your degree through scholarships, bursaries and discounts. Explore our available scholarships.Living costs are an important part of budgeting for your degree. You will need to budget for accommodation, food, travel and entertainment, as well as some additional costs for course materials such as books. Find out more about accommodation and living costs.
If you are an international student looking to undertake one of our degree programmes, you may need to take a foundation course or pre-sessional course if you do not have qualifications that are equivalent to British A levels, or if you need to improve your English language level.
- View entry requirements by country or region
- Find out more about English language requirements and our pre-sessional English programme
- Learn about our International Foundation Programme.
We offer quality accommodation in our halls of residence, which include rooms of all types and at a range of prices.
You can live in an en-suite room, in a traditional hall around a courtyard, or in a shared flat in a modern residential block. Each hall has its own character, offering a secure environment in which to truly make yourself at home.
Find out more about our accommodation.
VIRTUAL one-to-one MEETIngs
- information about your chosen academic programme, whether this be foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate
- advice on our application process and what you'll need to prepare to apply
- any further information you need about accommodation and life at Reading.
You will generally need a visa to study in the UK if you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
More information about student visas can be found on the GOV.UK website.
You can only apply for a visa once you have been offered a place on a course and can meet all other eligibility pre-requisites. It is your responsibility to meet the requirements of your visa and leave the country by the date it specifies.
You can obtain visa advice from your local Embassy or UK High Commission. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also provides a detailed guide on Making a student route application.
Immigration advice service
We provide an on-campus immigration advice service should you need any information or guidance regarding your visa while you are here.
Read more information on visas and immigration.
Only 30 minutes from London
Your time studying in the UK wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the world's most famous capital cities. Fortunately, Reading's close proximity and excellent transport links to London mean that getting there is both easy and simple.
Frequent, direct trains from Reading train station can get you into London Paddington in just half an hour. Major cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Cardiff are also within reach by train.
Culture and faith
Religious facilities and spiritual care
The University of Reading is a welcoming community for people of all faiths and none. Our Chaplaincy Centre is a central point on campus, providing a good place to go for a quiet coffee and a listening ear.
The Centre offers a signposting service for all the different faiths, with information about places of worship both on campus and in Reading itself. Additionally, there is a Muslim Prayer Centre and Atheist/Humanist/Secularist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh student-run societies on campus.
Your tuition and accommodation fees should always be paid directly to the University of Reading, using one of the payment methods listed.
You should never provide your personal, University login or banking details to any company or individual that says it offers discounts or preferable exchange rates. The University is not responsible for any payments made using a method not supported by us, and you would still have to pay your fees in full if we did not receive payment from an unsupported payment method.
Please contact our International Student Advisory Team with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Reading has a great reputation for their academic courses. The most enjoyable thing is that there are a lot of international students from all over the world, and you can learn about their culture – and they can learn about yours.