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Why Study at Reading University?

If you’re looking for a campus university that balances stunning natural surroundings with a vibrant and lively student culture, look no further than The University of Reading; awarded its charter in 1926, the university boasts 90 years of success as one of the leading ‘red brick’ research-intensive universities in the world.

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Located in the heart of Reading, the UoR is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, and ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The university is comprised of three campuses, and boasts 130 hectares of beautiful parkland; the Whiteknights campus was the only university campus to qualify in the top 10 2015 Green Flag People’s Choice Awards, the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. All campuses are conveniently located close to Reading’s lively town centre, home to The Oracle shopping mall as well as numerous pubs and nightclubs. Prospective students can expect to enjoy a balance between beautiful surroundings, a wide range of amenities close at hand, and excellent teaching standards - but don’t just take it from us; who better than a former student to paint a picture of what life at Reading is really like?

“Having been unable to attend any open days for the university prior to the start of my studies, I was pleasantly surprised by the town and university campus upon my arrival as a bright eyed young fresher. The majority of my lectures and seminars took place on the Whiteknights campus, and I thoroughly enjoyed cycling past the picturesque Whiteknights Lake everyday on my way to classes. My lecturers, seminar leaders, and personal tutor all nurtured and contributed towards my interest in my chosen degree subject, an interest which has extended beyond the three years I spent studying at Reading thanks to their guidance and encouragement. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as part of the university’s basketball team, and fondly remember nights out in 3Sixty, the university’s own nightclub, as well as in some of the town’s student spots like Q Club and Sakura. Overall, I think I had a well rounded experience, and I would recommend Reading uni to anyone trying to decide where to study.”

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Reading University Ranking

At the time of writing, The University of Reading ranks 26th/84 in the Student Hut League Table, an alternative to The Times University League table (Reading ranked 33rd) and The Guardian University League Table (Reading ranked 25th). The Student Hut League Table is the only league table based on direct and impartial reviews by students, changing in real-time: it is calculated by aggregating all student reviews for courses and modules for each university to give an overall university rating. As such, it is likely that The University of Reading will climb higher and higher as more students review their courses and modules.


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Reading University Accommodation

The university offers a wide range of self-catered and catered accommodation options for students, and all halls are within easy walking distance of the centre of the Whiteknights campus. Wherever you stay, you can expect the added perk of great deals on food, drinks and other services around campus with your Campus Card+.

You will be guaranteed a place in halls if you are a new full-time undergraduate who holds Reading university as a firm UCAS choice, apply for accommodation by August 1st, and satisfy the conditions of your academic offer by 31st August in your year of entry.

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Wantage Hall

Student Life at Reading University

Boasting over 150 sports clubs and societies, there is something for everyone at Reading! Whatever you’re interested in, be it lock picking or lego - there will be somewhere you can fit in. The Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU) stands proudly in the centre of the Whiteknights campus, providing facilities, entertainment and opportunities to help students make the most out of their time at university.

Reading’s nightlife doesn’t disappoint - the Student’s Union is the largest capacity venue in Reading, and there are numerous pubs and clubs around the town who can always be relied on with great offers for students and lively student nights.

Reading uni Fun Facts

  1. Notable Reading University alumni include actor Julian Barratt (Nathan Barley, The Mighty Boosh) and singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum.

  2. The university’s origins lie in the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870.

  3. The London Road campus was donated to the university by local Palmer family in 1904, the famous biscuit manufacturers who founded ‘Huntley & Palmers’.

  4. The University of Reading received a royal charter in 1926, the only university to do so between two world wars.

  5. The University of Reading has expanded to open a site in Malaysia, unveiled in February 2016 by The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell.

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