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The University of Reading is within the top twenty research intensive universities in the United Kingdom, in the top 1% of the worlds universities and is based over four campuses, the main one being Whiteknights campus which is home to several listed buildings and hundreds of acres of parkland. More than 15,000 students study at the University of Reading.
The Students' Union (RUSU) has several in-house media offices; Spark* newspaper, Junction 11 radio station and RU:ON student television station. The Hub, situated within the Students' Union building is the place to go to find out about volunteering, seek help with issues to do with your course and gain advice on many other life and wellbeing issues. Students can also make use of the student shop, bookshop, hairdressers, food outlets and Café Mondial. Mojo's Bar and 3sixty nightclub are well known for great nights out and have hosted names such as Zane Lowe, Professor Green, Chipmunk and Tinie Tempah. RUSU organise several big events throughout the year including freshers, summer and graduation balls and also run regular weeknight slots such as Comedy Night, Candy Club and Rough Cuts.
Sport is a popular way to spend time and make new friends at Reading. There are around 50 sports clubs and many facilities to take advantage of that include, a fitness studio and gym, football and hockey pitches, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, squash courts and both grass and hard tennis courts plus a studio for dance and martial arts. Due to the university being situated near the River Thames there are also several opportunities to get involved in water sports, such as canoeing, sailing and rowing.
Reading is an active town with a cinema, great shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs and most notably, the home of Reading Festival which attracts an impressive lineup of stars each year.
92% of graduates from the University of Reading gained employment or further study within six months of graduation. The university invests a lot into helping students make the most of their degrees through the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre which offers opportunities to learn new languages, careers workshops, placements, and numerous ways to boost skills.
Famous alumni of the University of Reading include founder of Space NK, Nicky Kinnaird; war poet, Wilfred Owen; weather presenters, Kaddy Lee-Preston, Jay Wynne and Laura Tobin; Comedian, Julian Barratt; Olympic rowers, James Cracknell and and Anna Bebington and jazz pianist, Jamie Cullum.
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All round good facilities and so many clubs/societies, you get a lot of choice! The student union is huge and can't go wrong with £2 snakebites. Only complaints are that the student portal is a pain to use, and Blackboard is confusing.
Shop on campus, and many places to grab a coffee. They're there if you'd like to use them. The shop is expensive, but people will obviously still use it. Lots of clubs available, just need to go out there and get involved. Having to pay £5 a night to get into your own student union seems ridiculous to me, with drinks inside being even more of a blow to the wallet.
Rusu can often be a bit too pushy with some of their campaigns and promote facts that aren't reliable when it comes to topics such as feminism. As well as this , money is pushed up in the campus shop because a percentage goes to rusu , so I would prefer it wouldn't go towards campaigns that do nothing
Wifi is awful, really old fashioned login. Always lapses. Club and societies really over priced, literally have to pay for everything extra. Really pretty campus and facilities. Student union is the best club in reading
Great university. So much on campus, amazing union and so many events put on daily - roadshows, vintage fayres, food markets, plant markets. Shops, banks, coffee shops, food halls, restaurants all on campus. Beautiful lake on campus and so much greenery. Security patrolling all the time, so you feel safe. Only a 20 minute bus journey to centre of town, £1.50 for return, lovely town. You have everything you could possible need.
the university has many clubs and societies so there's something for everyone. the nightclub on campus is very nice and plays a variety of music. internet on campus is also very good. sometimes can disconnect but usually it is very very good.
Facilities on campus are varied. Some buildings reasonably old, however there are many modern buildings as well. Library in particular very large and modern to study comfortably as well as the business school. The campus itself has pros and cons. As nice as it looks, the layout of the university was obviously not well-planned. There is a lot of greenery for no reason and this leaves no places for halls near campus. Therefore most halls are a long walk away. Also if you're going reading and don't have a car, grocery shopping is out of the question. The closest supermarket (not express) is a 30 minute bus drive away. As useful as the students union is, it lacks diversity. This unfortunately leads to the same boring planned events. E.g. buses to clubs in london or coach tours elsewhere is out of the question. The wi-fi here constantly disconnects from your phone. Town and the oracle shopping centre are good places to chill, shop or eat and a 20 minute bus drive away.
Weakest area is the clubs of Reading. Great if you're someone that only goes out on weekends like me, but after a week or two of every other night, you start to run out of places on Friarstreet. London is only a short trip away though..
Simply put: It's AMAZING! Trust me on this, take my word as gospel. It's really beautiful, the library is 24/7, we have an effective JobShop, tons of clubs and societies and the Wifi is sooo fast, it's unbelievable.There is wifi everywhere around the school and the halls.
Amazing campus really green and lovely. Student union is fab so much fun and so cheap. The clubs are awesome just some are expensive. Careers service I haven't been too but heard it's good. Internet is high speed pretty much everywhere on campus
My decision to go to the University of Reading was the best of my life. I'm lectured and guided in my studies by experts in their field, and I regularly come across their articles when I'm researching topics in the library. Our student union is my favourite night out of the week and the nightlife in town is really good too! We have so many opportunities for careers, apprenticeships, and internships on our doorstep, helped by our proximity to London. The campus is beautiful and it's such a good all-round experience.
The student union is the hub of the university. It has everything - from the legendary bagel man to 3Sixty - the biggest capacity night club in reading. The union also has great societies: from those that are subject specific, trying or continuing a new sport to the Beyonce and ultimate frisbee! I walk through the union almost every day while at university - either for a quick Starbucks before a lecture, a round of pool in Mojo's with my friends, a bubble tea from Pearls, or to post a letter. I also love how the union puts on a fruit and vegetable sale on a Thursday or that they sometimes have a bakery sale going on. The union has something for everyone and its always there for the students.
Reading University is more than I expected it to be! Has the most gorgeous campus, good facilities (nice classrooms, lecture theatres etc), the union is well run and well equipped, there's a job shop so you can always find work, you're never left without help... So much is better than I ever thought!
There is so much to do at the university. Its so nice to have everything so local to the university but also to have everything on campus. The facilities are great and also the clubs and societies are the best places for meeting people but are also really enjoyable.
I was happily surprised when I travelled across the sea and came to Uni of Reading and saw how big, green and welcoming the campus was. It has everything you need nearby, and should you need to go to town it is simply a 15 min bus trip or 30-40 min walk depending on where you live. My teachers are clearly engaged in their subjects and have interesting approaches to their teaching. There is a society for everyone, and a great chance to learn a new skill as beginners are very welcomed in sports/activities. The only source of my frustration until now have been group projects with other students who don´t care about doing a good job, just getting the job done. I encourage you to start at uni with high ambition and intention of putting yourself out there, no matter where you choose to go. Reading is a quality university with a good community and who cares for its students and I have not regretted choosing Reading for one second.
First arriving at Reading Uni can be a bit of a shock as it's so big, but you soon fall in love with the campus. The city of Reading is also a great place to live, with lots of things to do and it only takes half an hour to London.
An amazing place to live and study, I can't imagine ever going anywhere else. The tutors of Reading only want the best for their students and are always willing to help those who help themselves. The campus facilities are great and forever improving! Reading also offers a wide variety of societies that cater to everyone.
Reading is a brilliant university and has been a wonderful experience so far. The politics course focuses on incredibly interesting areas. The library has extensive materials, and while sometimes it is necessary to borrow a book early, generally the core books should be available as well as many additional resources and online papers
After visiting other universities, UoR has the best looking campus hands down. Everything you need and all your freshers friends on campus, making first year easy to get around and great fun! I still can't fault it after a year there. The University of Reading is great!
i like the uni but i feel insignificant there, the lecturers and staff don't bond at all. There is a massive drinking culture which i hate, students there make you feel outcasted if you dont go to union or mnq every week, i find this really annoying as i hate nightclubs and i wish there were more bars and restaurants. The university appears to suck every penny from you with ridiculously priced accommodation to JCR fees that gave us nothing.
Reading is such a beautiful campus, so green, nice and peaceful and absolutely huge! I had a great first year and I got myself a job in the union it was nice and the staff were lovely, it was a good way to meet new people. Wifi in halls is pretty crap but that's all I have to moan about really.. ?
I'll probably get a decent looking degree out of this but it hasn't lived up to my expectations of university- I felt more challenged in secondary school. Classes are dull and the uni is a bit boring. Although there are a fair few decent societies, lad culture seems to dominate halls and its very easy to get outcast if you're not drinking every other day. I also feel that there should be more scope for choice in modules, I still have compulsory modules in third year. In conclusion I wouldn't strongly recommend the university but it's OK.
The University of Reading has a beautiful campus with a fantastic union that hold numerous events e.g. roller disco, summer ball, pub quiz and karaoke nights, and relaxation events during exams. The JCR's are also a great idea and gives you the opportunity to meet people in your halls and ultimately, make friends for life.
The campus is a friendly environment with lovely green spaces to chill and relax in. I have been part of the tennis and swimming club, both of which have been so friendly and welcoming and have provided me the opportunity to compete to a high standard. Wednesday Union nights are THE BEST FUN!
I think it very much depends uoon the course you choose to take but, my experience at this university so far has been brilliant. I study archaeology and the department facilities and people are incredible. The university campus is surprisingly green and full of nature. There is almost always something going on, whether its clubs, nights out or quizzes. The accomodation in first year is all either on the campus or very close to it. I am so glad i chose to attend this uni :)
The university is great, it provides a large range of opportunities to its students and the staff are very good. However the university have poor halls. Many are infested with silverfish and have mould on the windows. Generally halls social aspect it great though.