As it's near London you can expect the cost of living in Reading to be more than it would be nearer the north. In the town centre there are a variety of shops, restaurants and nightclubs, however there isn't much else in the way of entertaining daytime activities. It took us a while to find a decent bowling alley, swimming pool and little things like that. The public transport is usually consistent, but the student buses tend to be crowded. The're plenty of choices for nightclubs in Reading but the best two by far are Q Club and the Student Union.

By member1044961 On 23rd January 2020

Study in Reading

University of Reading has three campuses in and around Reading. Whiteknights campus is the main campus set in beautiful parkland with the Student’s Union, Library, two museums and much more on-site.

 

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University of Reading

University of Reading was founded in 1892 and is today home to 19,000 students from over 150 countries. They offer a wide range of programmes that include pure and applied science, languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts. Their reputation for teaching has been recognised with a silver rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Reading Student Life

Reading has seen a real improvement in the last 20 years which has made it a vibrant and diverse place to both live and study. It offers everything from great shopping, lovely green spaces and excellent transport links to London and the rest of the UK.

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member947189
7th April 2020

Same price as London…

Annoying cause it’s pretty much the same price as London. But we don’t get the same finance

member1044961
23rd January 2020

As it's near London…

As it's near London you can expect the cost of living in Reading to be more than it would be nearer the north.

member911530
23rd July 2015

Although its a fairly expensive city to live in…

Although its a fairly expensive city to live in, you can understand why when looking at the range of shops, clubs, bars and how easy it is to get between all of these.

 member62264
14th March 2015

Living is quite expensive…

Cons? living is quite expensive but in line with southern prices in general

 

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The Student Union’s night club 3sixty is a favourite for Reading students on Wednesday and Saturday nights, drinks are cheap and if you live in halls on campus you’ll have the perk of a very short walk home! Other popular nightclubs in the town centre are Lola Lo, The Purple Turtle and Q Club. 

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23rd January 2020

Usually consistent…

The public transport is usually consistent, but the student buses tend to be crowded.

member844281
6th December 2019

Easy to get around…

Easy to get around by bus

member1011498
23rd July 2015

Plenty of buses running regularly…

Plenty of buses running regularly, as well as Reading Station which is well connected to the rest of the England. Also only about 30 mins away from Heathrow airport if you need to fly, so can't fault the public transport.

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23rd July 2015

Multiple train routes…

Reading is a great town because it is accessible from most places due to being a station along multiple train routes.

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There are two big shopping centres called the Oracle and Broad Street Mall and there is the main high street between them, you can expect all the big names in retail to be here. There are also independent stores and boutiques around town which are certainly worth exploring.

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London

It takes 35-minutes by train to get into London with multiple trains going every hour. Head out for a day of sightseeing, shopping or visiting famous museums and galleries. In the evening you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to eat and nightlife spots! 

 

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Thorpe Park

If you are a fan of roller coasters then a day trip to Thorpe Park is a must do, especially as it is home to the fastest roller coaster in the UK! You can be there in just under an hour by car or just over an hour by train. 

 

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Madejski Stadium 

Sports fans will be happy to hear that Reading has a state-of-the-art multi-sports stadium, which has a capacity of 24,000. It is home to Reading FC and London Irish rugby union club and is just a 20-minute bus ride from Reading town centre. 

 

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Henley-on-Thames

Famous for its annual rowing regatta on the River Thames, Henley is a beautiful market town to explore. If you can’t make the regatta festivities it is a great day out at any time of the year, thanks to its quintessential charm and pretty surroundings. It is just 30-minutes by train, making it an easy trip when you need some time away from the books.

 

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Reading Festival

Reading Festival is one of the best-known festivals in the UK, with over 87,000 fans flocking to see some of the biggest names in music. You can get day tickets or pack a tent and get a ticket for the whole weekend.

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Stenton Townhouses are great! I live in the Lambourn houses and the location was very good, near the lake so quiet enough and relaxing to see the sunr...

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Reading is a lovely town,...

Reading is a lovely town, the transport is really convenient. The cost of living is a bit high, would expect lower living costs. read more

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the uni is close to town...

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Calm and safe, a lot...

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27th May 2021

Feels very dated, clubs...

Feels very dated, clubs are small and boring read more

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6th May 2021

Great town very diverse...

Great town very diverse range of foods which is exciting. Easy to get round places using buses!! read more

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12th March 2021

Reading is the a really...

Reading is the a really great town. Offers great accommodations, many shops and cafes and really nice for walks. read more

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10th March 2021

It is nice and quiet,...

It is nice and quiet, can find a bit of fun read more

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2nd March 2021

Very good location, it...

Very good location, it only takes half an hour by train from London, the climate is comfortable, it rarely snows, and the winter is relatively warm compared to Scotland. The infrastructure in the town center is complete, food shops, pharmacies, and shopping malls are very concentrated. read more

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22nd February 2021

This section does not...

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16th February 2021

I like it here, small...

I like it here, small city with everything a student will need read more

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29th January 2021

I like the city of Reading...

I like the city of Reading very much. It is very quiet and has good city facilities. Love everything here. read more

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25th January 2021

Its a very pretty city.Many...

Its a very pretty city.Many things to do,nice atmosphere.Love the location,very close to London. read more

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7th April 2020

There’s a good night...

There’s a good night life. But not a lot to do during the day sadly. Buses re pretty good. Annoying cause it’s pretty much the same price as London. But we don’t get the same finance read more

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23rd January 2020

As it's near London you...

As it's near London you can expect the cost of living in Reading to be more than it would be nearer the north. In the town centre there are a variety of shops, restaurants and nightclubs, however there isn't much else in the way of entertaining daytime activities. It took us a while to find a decent bowling alley, swimming pool and little things like that. The public transport is usually consistent, but the student buses tend to be crowded. The're plenty of choices for nightclubs in Reading but the best two by far are Q Club and the Student Union. read more

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6th December 2019

Easy to get around by...

Easy to get around by bus, nights out are okay however main club is basically the only option when student union isn't open so can be a bit repetitive read more

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23rd July 2015

Although its a fairly...

Although its a fairly expensive city to live in, you can understand why when looking at the range of shops, clubs, bars and how easy it is to get between all of these. Reading has greatly improved over the past 20 years and there are many lovely places to explore. read more

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23rd July 2015

Really easy and affordable...

Really easy and affordable public transport, and Reading is great for shopping! read more

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23rd July 2015

Nice town that has a...

Nice town that has a lot to offer and very easy to access read more

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23rd July 2015

Reading is a great town...

Reading is a great town because it is accessible from most places due to being a station along multiple train routes. The night life is great, there is a student night all weeknights, bar Wednesday due to the Union, at multiple venues. While slightly lacking, there are alternative club nights of Skint Mondays, Propaganda (tends to play a lot of the same indie/alternative songs from circa 2006-2010 most weeks, but that's kind of its charm), also there is the Purple Turtle bar for a 'quieter' alternative evening. Reading also has an extensive selection of restaurants and all the key chain shops and bars. The only downside to this is that Reading fails to have many independent or quirky shops.. read more

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23rd July 2015

After coming from London,...

After coming from London, Reading is a similar town, with less hustle and busyness. With the Oracle and also Reading town centre, there's plenty of shopping choices, and you can get pretty much anything you'll need in town. Plenty of buses running regularly, as well as Reading Station which is well connected to the rest of the England. Also only about 30 mins away from Heathrow airport if you need to fly, so can't fault the public transport. There are also several clubs throughout town to go to. read more

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30th June 2015

public transport is great,...

public transport is great, really efficient and well connected plus easy to use. Reading is very small and quite dingy. read more

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member119523
30th June 2015

Reading isn't so bad,...

Reading isn't so bad, it's got the high end stores but also the cheap and cheerful ones we love, there's supermarkets close by and all the big ones are close. Nights out in reading are good fun, if you up for that sorta thing, I've never had a massive problem and always enjoyed my night out ! read more

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30th June 2015

The transport into town...

The transport into town and the train statiom comes around every 10-20 minutes and is very accessible and easy to navigate. It is expensive to rent a decent student house. read more

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member119476
29th June 2015

Great shopping centre...

Great shopping centre and great links to London, but a bit difficult to navigate around. Nights out are all fairly crowded, clubs entry price is expensive but drinks are usually a decent price. Don't eat out much as it's quite far but there's a few good places in the shopping centre. read more

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29th June 2015

Great place to be at...

Great place to be at uni, loads to do and all very convenient read more

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24th May 2015

Reading is very expensive...

Reading is very expensive but the Oracle is really lovely and there is a good variety of restaurants and shops. Public transport is really good, easy to get to London and the buses are frequent read more

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member118512
15th May 2015

In general it is a fairly...

In general it is a fairly nice place to live. read more

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member108839
30th April 2015

Very good town, easy...

Very good town, easy to move about due to public transport which is 24 hours and there's lots to do. read more

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29th April 2015

Great location, and has...

Great location, and has everything you need! Got a great choice for everything, and public transport is the best read more

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member108407
29th April 2015

The Oracle has all the...

The Oracle has all the shops and eateries you need, from Primark to Hollister. Buses run regularly and are cheap (£2.40 return). There are 5 or 6 main clubs in town all offering different student nights - there is always something for everyone. read more

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member54621
22nd April 2015

Great place to live -...

Great place to live - town centre is awesome, every shop and restaurant you'd want. Perfect Public Transport with easy connections from Reading's Train station - 25 minutes to London, or easy connections elsewhere in the country. read more

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member112367
21st April 2015

Rent in student areas...

Rent in student areas that are popular such as kendrick road is expensive but it is worth it as the quality of the houses is fab read more

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14th March 2015

brilliant 24 hour bus...

brilliant 24 hour bus service between town and university. The town centre has a wonderful vibe with all the shops and restaurants you want with most restaurants situated along the canal with beautiful views read more

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living is quite expensive but in line with southern prices in general

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