A student’s honest opinion
“Reading wasn’t my original choice of university, but now that I am here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I’ve found most of my lectures and courses either interesting, exciting or challenging. This was what made Reading a top uni in my books. One slightly annoying thing is the location of the uni on top of a hill- it’s a struggle to walk up some mornings!
There are nice parks in Reading.
The town centre is okay, as is the nightlife, but with any uni experience what mattered for me the most was making friends. It’s really easy here and I found Reading to have a really international community in the Student Union, the societies and living in Halls.
I’d definitely recommend Reading to anyone.” Tara, 21
Reading Student Guide – Where can I study?
Reading Student Guide – An overview
Where can I study?
Reading Town Hall.
There is one university in the town of Reading: the University of Reading (also referred to as Reading University). The university provides places of study to over 22,000 students every year. Reading University is based on several campuses, all within the town. The Whiteknights Campus is the largest campus and measures 1.3 square kilometres. The campus includes a lake, conservation meadows, woodlands and the majority of the university’s departments. The main university library can also be found at Whiteknight Campus and holds nearly one million books and periodicals. The London Road Campus is located in the centre of Reading and is home to the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Management Programme. The campus also forms the base for the university’s distance learning programme. The Bulmershe Court Campus is situated in Woodley and is home to the Institute of Education and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television. The Greenlands Campus lies on the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire and is home to the university’s MBA programme.
The University of Reading enjoys a strong reputation, particularly in the fields relating to science, technology and agricultural studies. The university also performs well for academic research and is recognised as a leader in research relating to climate change, typography, archaeology, philosophy, food biosciences, construction management and law. In 2012, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Reading University 164th in the league table of the world’s top 400 universities.
Reading Student Guide – An overview
'The Blade' in Reading.
The town of Reading is located 40 miles west of London in the county of Berkshire. Reading is a large town and has a student population of over 22,000, making it a great place for a night out. The town centre has many pubs and bars, particularly in the downtown area around the east end of Friar Street and Station Road. This area is a haven for students and the bars are often full, particularly at the weekends. The Purple Turtle is a late bar and can be found on Gun Street. The bar attracts students for its party atmosphere and cheap drink offers. The bar is busy most days of the week and includes a downstairs club and a beer garden, which is popular in the summer. The nightclub ‘Bed’ can be found on Friar Street and is the destination of choice when the pubs and bars close. The club is busiest on Thursdays and Fridays and caters for students with themed nights and cheap drink offers.
Students wishing for a more cultured evening should check out The Hexagon, a multi-purpose arts venue and theatre on Queens Walk. The venue is run by the local council and is used to showcase varied performances including classical music, dramatic and dance productions, and pop and rock concerts.
Residents of Reading should take advantage of the annual Reading Festival, which takes place at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue. The festival takes place for three days over the August bank holiday weekend and is one of the oldest music festivals in the UK. Reading Festival attracts rock, indie, punk and metal bands and has welcomes acts including The Cure, Marilyn Manson and Muse to their stages. The festival attracts over 85,000 revellers and provides a great opportunity to party non-stop. Don’t forget your wellies!